Stephen Frenkel

East Hall 338
Phone: 503-725-5085
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Stephen Frenkel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of International Studies (Fixed Term)&
Latin American Studies Co-Coordinator
African Studies Co-Coordinator
PhD in Geography, Syracuse University


Stephen Frenkel received his MA and PhD in geography from Syracuse University specializing in social/cultural geography with a focus on Latin America and Africa, and a BA from Macalester College in geography and urban studies. Before coming to Portland State University in 2005, he taught geography at Western Washington University, University of Oregon, and the University of Washington. His scholarly research has focused on the cultural and social aspects of Sierra Leone’s colonial urban development, on race, landscape and American imperialism in Panama, the philosophical underpinnings of bioregionalism, a brief foray into Leavenworth Washington’s theme town tourism and a short but caffeinated exploration of the cultural landscape of cappuccino.


Stephen’s current teaching interests range from sustainable development, globalization and urban development, to tourism and commodities in both Latin American and African contexts. His vision for the world is one where bikes are the primary form of transportation and all coffee is fairly traded. And, in seven years at PSU, he has yet to teach a class without mentioning bananas.


Courses Taught:

  • INTL 201 (Intro to International Studies)
  • INTL 211 (Introduction to Africa)
  • INTL 240 (Introduction to Latin America)
  • INTL 342U (Globalization and Conflict in Latin America)
  • INTL 362U (Amazon Rainforest)
  • INTL 407 (Various topics include Silver to Cocaine, Global Futures, and Sustainable Development)
  • GEOG 363U (Geography of Africa)