Taylor Shelton, PhD

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My name is Taylor Shelton and I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. Prior to coming to MSU, I held appointments as a visiting scholar in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky and as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I earned my B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography from the University of Kentucky and my PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University.

I am a broadly-trained human geographer interested in exploring the social and spatial dimensions of emerging sources of ‘big data’. My work combines the analysis and visualization of spatial data with a critical and theoretically-informed understanding of how this data shapes our understandings of the world. In particular, I am interested in how such a critical approach to mapping can be used to develop alternative understandings of urban social and spatial inequalities.