Taylor Shelton, PhD

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My name is Taylor Shelton and I’m a visiting scholar in the Department of Geography and New Mappings Collaboratory at the University of Kentucky. Prior to returning to UK, where I earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology and earned my PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University.

I am a broadly-trained geographer situated at the intersection of human geography and geographic information science, where I seek to contribute to the subfields of critical GIScience, digital and urban geographies. My work combines the analysis and visualization of new sources of spatial data with a critical and theoretically-informed understanding of how these new technologies shape our ways of thinking about and intervening in the world. My research is currently focused on using mapping and data analysis in order to understand urban socio-spatial inequality, especially as it relates to issues of segregation, mobility, and neighborhood change. I am particularly interested in the potentials for mapping to draw attention to, and rethink, dominant urban imaginaries that serve to naturalize and reinforce these inequalities.