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Jack Swab (he/him)
PhD Candidate

I am a geographer broadly interested in the nexus of human geography and GIS/cartography. Specifically, I examine the effectiveness and utility of COVID-19 maps and the limits of these visualizations in public health communication as they relate to local administrative boundaries. I am also very interested in queering the practices of GIS/cartography, utilizing these tools to create alternative futures, more inclusive communities, and better geospatial practices. More broadly, I am interested in technological evolution in cartography, map libraries, the intellectual history of geography, map studies, and queer spatial histories.

I am also serving as the Vice-Chair/Chair/Past-Chair for the American Association of Geographers Cartography Specialty Group from 2022-2024. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you may have about the Cartography Specialty Group!

Contact Information
1422 Patterson Office Tower
University of Kentucky, MS Library Science (2022)

University of Kentucky, MA Geography (2020)

Penn State, BS Geography & BA History (2017)
Research Interests
  • Critical cartography & GIS
  • History of Cartography
  • urban geography
  • Map Libraries
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Geographic thought and methodology
  • mixed methods
  • Boundaries
  • Health Geographies
  • Queer Geography
  • Geography
  • American Association of Geographers
  • North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS)