Scott Brady

Scott Brady


Scott Brady was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1963. His roots are in south Louisiana. However, because his father was an itinerant college football coach, he enjoyed growing up in various parts of the US. The family moved eight times to places as wide ranging as Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin and Rancho Cordova, California, before finally settling down on the banks of Bayou Lafourche in Thibodaux, Louisiana where Scott enjoyed his high school years.

Following graduation, dreams of football stardom led Scott to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he played in the 1983 Cotton Bowl. However, restlessness and the impending NCAA “Death Penalty” returned Scott to the Bayou State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in German literature at Louisiana State University.

In an elective geography course Scott met a region, Middle America, and scholar, Bill Davidson, that led him to his present vocation. Davidson's field-based approach to understanding this diverse region's land and life captured Scott's imagination. He began the doctoral program in 1990 and received his Ph.D. in 1996. His dissertation explored the historical route geography of Honduras and Central America.

Scott moved to Central Washington University 1997.  While at CWU, he benefited from close association with the department's fine geographers: Morris Uebelacker, Karl Lillquist and Robert Kuhlken. 

In search of warmer climes, Scott moved to Chico in August of 2000. He pursued research interests in Central America and recently broadened his focus to southern Mexico where he has been doing repeat photography for the past few years.


CV - Scott Brady


Teaching Summary

I like students. I like geography. I like how learning geography can unlock students’ curiosity about the world.

Courses: GEOG 102 – Human Geography, GEOG 303 – Geography & World Affairs, GEOG 357 – Lands and Peoples of Latin America, GEOG 439 – American Cultural Landscapes.


Research Summary

I like looking at landscapes of the past and present. Landscapes make me think about physical and human patterns on Earth’s surface.  My research focuses on landscapes and the stories that they tell.


Service Summary

Not much worthy of mention here. However, I gladly join Professor Stemen whenever he drags me along on one of his many service projects.

Served on Academic Senate and college and department curriculum committees. Is actively engaged in tenure review process.