Matthew W. Wilson

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Ph.D. University of Washington, 2009
M.A. University of Washington, 2005
B.S. Northwest Missouri State University, 2002

I'm on a visiting appointment at Harvard University, 2013-2014.

My research is at the intersection of critical human geography and geographic information science, what is called critical GIS.  I draw upon science and technology studies to understand the development and proliferation of location-based services and the rapid evolution of Internet-based geographic information, more generally.  I read across interdisciplinary fields including feminist critiques of science, the digital humanities, technocultural and software studies, and posthumanism, with particular interest in the implications (human and more-than-human) of digital information technologies.  I have an interest in continuing to develop participatory and collaborative applications of GIS in the classroom, and hope to learn about opportunities to build classroom-based partnerships with community organizations serving Lexington.  I received my Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2009.

More information about my teaching and research can be found at

Selected Publications: 


Wilson, Matthew W. Accepted, pending revisions. New lines?: Enacting a social history of GIS. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien. [35]
Wilson, Matthew W., Monica Stephens. Accepted, pending revisions. GIS and Social Media. In Mediated Geographies/Geographies of Media. Springer. Susan Mains, Julie Cupples, Chris Lukinbeal, eds. [34]
Preston, Bryan, Matthew W. Wilson. Forthcoming. Practicing GIS as mixed-method: Affordances and limitations in an urban gardening study. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. [33]
Wilson, Matthew W. Forthcoming. Geospatial technologies in the location-aware future. Journal of Transport Geography. [32]
Wilson, Matthew W., Sarah Starkweather. Forthcoming. Web presence of academic geographers: a generational divide? The Professional Geographer. [31]
Wilson, Matthew W. Forthcoming, 2014. GIS: a method and practice. In Researching the City. Sage Publications. Kevin Ward, ed. [30]
Wilson, Matthew W., Sarah Elwood. Forthcoming. Capturing (mapmaking). In The Progress in Human Geography Handbook. Sage Publications. Roger Lee, ed. [29]
Lave, Rebecca, Matthew W. Wilson, Elizabeth Barron, Christine Biermann, Mark Carey, Chris Duvall, Leigh Johnson, K. Lane, Nathan McClintock, Darla Munroe, Rachel Pain, James Proctor, Bruce Rhoads, Morgan Robertson, Jairus Rossi, Nathan Sayre, Gregory Simon, Marc Tadaki, Christopher VanDyke. Forthcoming. Critical Physical Geography. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien. [28]
Wilson, Matthew W. and Mark Graham. 2013. Situating Neogeography. Environment & Planning A. 45:1. p. 3-9. [27]
Wilson, Matthew W. and Mark Graham. 2013. Neogeography and volunteered geographic information: A conversation with Michael Goodchild and Andrew Turner. Environment & Planning A. 45:1. p. 10-18. [26]
Leszczynski, Agnieszka, Matthew W. Wilson. 2013. Theorizing the geoweb. GeoJournal. [25]
Crampton, Jeremy W., Mark Graham, Ate Poorthuis, Taylor Shelton, Monica Stephens, Matthew W. Wilson, Matthew Zook. 2013. Beyond the geotag: situating 'big data' and leveraging the potential of the geoweb. Cartography and Geographic Information Science. 40:2 p. 130-139. [24]
Brunn, Stanley D. and Matthew W. Wilson. 2013. Cape Town's Million Plus Black Township of Khayelitsha: Terrae Incognitae and the Geographies and Cartographies of Silence. Habitat International. 39. p. 284-294. [23]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2012. Location-based services, conspicuous mobility, and the location-aware future. Geoforum. 43:6. p. 1266-1275. [21]
Bono, J. James, Curtis Hisayasu, Jentery Sayers, Matthew W. Wilson. 2012. Standards in the Making: Composing with Metadata in Mind. In The New Work of Composing. Computers and Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press. Debra Journet, Cheryl E. Ball, Ryan Trauman, eds. Available at: [20]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2011. Data matter(s): legitimacy, coding, qualifications-of-life. Environment & Planning D: Society & Space. 29:5. p. 857-872. [17]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2011. 'Training the eye': formation of the geocoding subject. Social & Cultural Geography. 12:4, June. p. 357-376. [16]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2009. Cyborg geographies: Towards hybrid epistemologies. Gender, Place & Culture. 16:5, October. p. 499-516. [11]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2009. Towards a genealogy of qualitative GIS. In Qualitative GIS. Sage. Sarah Elwood and Meghan Cope, editors. p. 156-170. [10]
Wilson, Matthew W., Barbara Poore. 2009. Repositioning Critical GIS. Cartographica. 44:1. p. 6-7. [9]
Kaserman, Bonnie, Matthew W. Wilson. 2009. On not wanting it to count: Reading together as resistance. Area. 41:1. p. 26-33. [8]
Graduate Students:
Preston, Bryan (M.S., Geography). Urban Gardening South of the Tracks in Middletown USA: An embedded qualitative GIS approach. 26 March. Ball State University (2010-2012).
Hollon, Debra (M.S., Geography).  GIS and the Prehistoric Landscape: An Examination of Applicability.  23 March.  Ball State University (2010-2011).
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