My name is Taylor Shelton and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. Broadly-trained as a human geographer, my work combines critical socio-spatial theory and GIS in order to understand — and challenge — urban inequalities. In particular, my work focuses on how mapping and data visualization can be used to develop alternative understandings of urban social and spatial processes, especially as it relates to issues of housing speculation, property ownership and neighborhood segregation.
Prior to joining Mississippi State in 2017, 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 BA and MA degrees in geography from the University of Kentucky and my PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University.
Ph.D., Geography, 2015
M.A., Geography, 2011
University of Kentucky
B.A., Geography and Political Science, 2008
University of Kentucky
I teach the following courses at Mississippi State University:
I currently serve as advisor to a number of graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Geosciences. My graduate students’ work generally focuses on combining human geography and GIS in order to understand (and challenge) social and spatial inequalities.
M.S. student in Geoscience (Geography), 2018 - present
Topic: Critical GIS analysis of governmental flood risk mapping in Houston, Texas
B.S. student in Geoscience (GIS and Environmental Geoscience), 2019 - present
Topic: Post-disaster housing speculation in Houston, Texas
Ph.D. student in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, 2019 - present
Topic: Natural disasters and social inequality
M.S. student in Geoscience (Geospatial Sciences), 2020 - present
Topic: Transportation justice
I am always looking for bright, motivated students to work with me here at Mississippi State and help us to build our programs in human geography and GIS. If you’re interested in working with me on these (or related) topics, please email me with your CV/resume, a brief statement describing your interests, and a sample of your written/cartographic work.