Philip J. Ethington is Professor of History, Political Science and Spatial Sciences at the University of Southern California.

An interdisciplinary historian, Ethington’s scholarship explores the past as a cartography of time.

His recent published work include theoretical work on a spatial theory of history; sociological studies of residential segregation; large-format maps of urban historical change; Online interactive Web 2.0 tools, archives, and publications for urban studies; and museum exhibit collaborations.

He is co-PI of the HyperCities project (funded by the MacArthur Foundation and HASTAC).

Most recently, Ethington co-wrote the award-winning film Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (Art House Films, 2009), which is narrated by Dustin Hoffman.

His photography and cartography have been published and exhibited internationally. He is currently completing a large-format graphic book, interactive online publication, and public art exhibit Ghost Metropolis: Los Angeles, since 13,000 BP.


Ph.D., American History, Stanford University
M.A., American History, Stanford University
B.A., History, University of Michigan