Michal Kohout is Professor of Geography at California State University. Currently he is Visiting Fulbright Lecturer at the University of West Bohemia’s Department of Geography. Michal is originally from Plzen, grew up in Canada, and has lived in the US since graduate school. He’s broadly interested in US cultural and social geography, immigration, the US-Mexico border, and southern California. He has written on economic development, labor and immigration politics, and social sustainability. His current interest is the cultural geography of California deserts and borderlands.