I study interpersonal relationships in geographic space from the coffee shop to global flight networks. My background is in GIS, cultural studies and urban planning, and my and colleagues' research has uncovered how to put social networks in a GISystem for analysis, how to simultaneously measure dynamic relationships in the context of interpersonal communication and the built environment, how relationships start in the mind build to contribute to worldwide connectivity. This research has also been able to articulate and develop seven types of geographic social capital, and measure the geographic pull-power of institutions as alternative metrics for ranking (e.g. college ranking).
I teach GIScience classes at multiple levels. I was a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2014), Santa Fe Institute (2012-2014), MIT Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning (2012), and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) (2011-2012). I have a PhD in Urban Information Systems (MIT, 2011), MS in Geography (U. South Carolina, 2008) and BA in American Studies with Geography minor (Boston U., 2007). I was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow during my PhD and was a member of the Senseable City Lab under Carlo Ratti.
I’m originally from Washington, DC, and I live in Boalsburg, PA in a very old house. I play ice hockey and I love my pet bunnies.