My name is Taylor Shelton and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. Working at the intersection of critical human geography and geographic information science, I study how urban spaces and social inequalities are represented, reproduced and contested through maps and data. In particular, my work focuses on using mapping and data visualization to develop alternative understandings of urban inequalities, especially in relation to issues of housing speculation, property ownership and neighborhood segregation.
Prior to joining Georgia State in 2020, I held appointments at Mississippi State University, the University of Kentucky and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before that, I earned 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
At Georgia State, I’ll be teaching the following courses in the coming year:
In my previous position at Mississippi State University, I was responsible for teaching the following courses:
I am currently recruiting two M.S. students for fully-funded assistantships to work under my supervision here at the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State, beginning in either the Spring or Fall of 2021. One assistantship is a full-time research assistantship, while the other is split evenly between a research and teaching assistantship. I am particularly interested in recruiting students who wish to work across the boundaries of critical human geography and GIS, using mapping as a way of thinking about and addressing urban social inequalities. 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.
M.S. in Geoscience (Geography), graduated 2020
Thesis: Evaluating the unequal impacts of Hurricane Harvey: Critical GIS analysis in systems of governmental risk assessment and mitigation in Houston, Texas
B.S. in Geoscience (GIS and Environmental Geoscience), graduated 2020
Topic: Post-disaster housing speculation in Houston, Texas