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Spielman, Seth Edward Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • My expertise is at the intersection of maps, statistics, and the social sciences. My research focuses on new ways to measure neighborhoods. In the past few years I have won the Breheny Prize for the best paper in Urban Analytics and City Science, a kaggle.com data science competition, and was awarded a distinguished scholar award in Urban Planning from the American Association of Geographers. The journal Science profiled me as an archetype of a new generation of data-centric geographers. My publications have appeared in a diverse set of journals including PNAS, PlosOne, Demography, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, and the International Journal of GIS. Outside of academia my professional experience has ranged from the hyper digital world of Data Science and Software Engineering for a large tech company in Silicon Valley to the insanely analog practice of being the sole proprietor of an antiquarian bookshop in Manhattan.

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  • Data Science, Geographic Information Science, Population Geography, Urban Geography, Public Health

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • GEOG 3612 - Geography of American Cities
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces geography of American cities. Includes demographic and ideological contexts of urban development, emergence of the city system, location theory and rent models, and urban-economic problems.
  • GEOG 5161 - Research Design in Geography
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    The human section reads and discusses contemporary research philosophies and methodologies in human geography. Practices the development of research proposals and presentation of research ideas and results. The physical section reads and discusses contemporary research philosophies and methodologies in physical geography (climatology, geomorphology, biogeography, and soils geography). Practices the development of research proposals and presentation of research ideas.

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International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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