Austin Beahm

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Geography Instructor
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Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Saddleback College


I am an assistant professor of geography and global studies at Saddleback College. Previous to Saddleback, I was a full-time lecturer and academic adviser for eight years in the departments of Geography and International Studies at California State University, Long Beach.

My passion for geography and global studies comes from a love of travel, culture, and photojournalism in Latin America and Asia. My graduate research focused on tourism development in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. More recently, I worked with a grant to photograph and document traditional free-diving communities in Japan. In my free time, I explore the culinary treasures of Los Angeles with my wife and friends, and spend as much time as possible by the Pacific Ocean. 

Courses at Saddleback College

GLST 1: Introduction to Global Studies 

GLST 2: Global Issues

GEOG 1: Physical Geography 

GEOG 1L: Physical Geography Lab


M.A. in Geography, California State University, Long Beach (2009)

B.A. in International Studies, California State University, Long Beach (2006)

Written and Photographic Projects

The Slippery Slope of Tourism and Oil in the Amazon: The Story of Tena, Ecuador | American Geographical Society’s Focus on Geography, 2011 (Author)

Food, Our Global Kitchen | National Geographic Museum Exhibit, 2014 (Contributor) 

End Poverty | National Geographic and World Bank Exhibit, 2015 (Contributor) 

Beautiful Pictures of Day of the Dead | National Geographic, 2018 (Contributor)