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Taylor Shelton

Research Interests:
Critical cartography & GIS
Digital geographies
Big Data
urban geography
Socio-spatial theory
Geographic thought and methodology

Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, 2015

M.A., Geography, University of Kentucky, 2011

B.A., Geography and Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2008


Dr. Taylor Shelton is a visiting scholar in the Department of Geography and New Mappings Collaboratory at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Shelton comes to UK from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he most recently worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Urban Innovation. Dr. Shelton earned his PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, and holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in geography from the University of Kentucky. 

Dr. Shelton is a broadly-trained geographer situated at the intersection of human geography and geographic information science, where he seeks to contribute to the subfields of critical GIScience, digital and urban geographies. His work combines the analysis and visualization of new sources of spatial data with a critical and theoretically-informed understanding of how these new technologies shape our ways of thinking about and intervening in the world. Dr. Shelton's research is currently focused on using mapping and data analysis in order to understand urban socio-spatial inequality, especially as it relates to issues of segregation, mobility, and neighborhood change. He is particularly interested in the potentials for mapping to draw attention to, and rethink, dominant urban imaginaries that serve to naturalize and reinforce these inequalities.