Biosketch + CV

I am the Bob and Mary Reusche Chair in Geographic Information Science, Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at The Ohio State University. I am also a Courtesy Professor of City and Regional Planning, a faculty affiliate of the Translational Data Analytics Institute, the Sustainability Institute and the Institute for Population Research at The Ohio State University, and an affiliate of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. My PhD in Geography is from The Ohio State University.

My research focuses on  sustainable, resilient and equitable mobility and communities. I develop and apply spatial and moving objects analytics to questions and problems involving active and public transportation, multimodal transportation systems, traffic safety and public health. I am a pioneer of analytical time geography, a deeply impactful extension of Prof. Torsten Hägerstrand’s theory of the necessary space-time conditions for human activities. I also develop concepts and theories that re-frame spatial analysis for a data-rich era.

I was previously a two-term member and two-term Chair of the Geographical and Geospatial Sciences Committee (formerly the Mapping Sciences Committee) of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, where I also served on the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and on three consensus study committees, one as Co-chair. I am currently President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science.  I also held leadership positions in the Geographic Information Systems and Science and the Spatial Analysis and Modeling specialty groups of the American Association of Geographers. I am currently on the Regional Data Advisory Committee of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission in Columbus, Ohio.

My honors and awards include the Edward L. Ullman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Transportation Geography and the James R. Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography from the American Association of Geographers, the Outstanding Achievement in Urban Informatics Award from the International Society for Urban Informatics, the Research Award from the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, and the Community Engaged Scholar Award from The Ohio State University. I am an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Association of Geographers.