Matthew W. Wilson

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  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
  • Director, New Maps Plus
  • Director, LexEngaged
  • Director, Mapshop
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Geography
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  • New Mappings Collaboratory
  • Appalachian Center
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Ph.D. University of Washington, 2009
M.A. University of Washington, 2005
B.S. Northwest Missouri State University, 2002



Matthew W. Wilson, PhD, is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. He co-founded and co-directs the New Mappings Collaboratory which studies and facilitates new engagements with geographic representation. He is co-editor of Understanding Spatial Media (SAGE), and his most recent book is New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map (University of Minnesota Press). He has previously taught at Ball State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and his current research examines mid-20th century, digital mapping practices. He earned his PhD and MA from the University of Washington and his BS from Northwest Missouri State University. His childhood was spent in Pumpkin Center, Missouri, a small farming community in Nodaway County, where his family has farmed for over 150 years.

Selected Publications: 
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Wilson, Matthew W. 2018. On being technopositional in digital geographies. cultural geographies. [55]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2017. New Lines: Location-aware futures and the map. University of Minnesota Press. [53]
Kitchin, Rob, Tracey Lauriault, and Matthew W. Wilson, eds. 2017. Understanding Spatial Media. Sage Publications. [51]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2015. On the criticality of mapping practices: geodesign as critical GIS?. Landscape & Urban Planning. 142. pp. 226-234. [46]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2015. Morgan Freeman is dead and other big data stories. cultural geographies. 22:2. pp. 345-349. [42]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2015. New lines?: Enacting a social history of GIS. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe canadien. 59:1. pp. 29-34. [41]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2015. Flashing lights in the quantified self-city-nation. Regional Studies, Regional Science. 2:1. p. 39-42. [38]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2015. Paying attention, digital media, and community-based critical GIS. cultural geographies. 22:1. p. 177-191. [38]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2014. Map the Trace. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies. 13:4. pp. 583-585. [37]
Barnes, Trevor J. and Matthew W. Wilson. 2014. Big Data, social physics and spatial analysis: the early years. Big Data & Society. 1:1. p. 1-14. [36]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2014. Continuous connectivity, handheld computers, and mobile spatial knowledge. Environment & Planning D: Society & Space. 32:3. p. 535-555. [34]
Preston, Bryan, Matthew W. Wilson. 2014. Practicing GIS as mixed-method: Affordances and limitations in an urban gardening study. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 104:3. p. 510-529. [33]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2014. Geospatial technologies in the location-aware future. Journal of Transport Geography. 34. p. 297-299. [32]
Wilson, Matthew W., Sarah Starkweather. 2014. Web presence of academic geographers: a generational divide? The Professional Geographer. 66:1. p. 73-81. [29]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2013. GIS: A Method and Practice. In Researching the City. Sage Publications. Kevin Ward, ed. p. 116-134. [28]
Wilson, Matthew W. and Mark Graham. 2013. Situating Neogeography. Environment & Planning A. 45:1. p. 3-9. [27]
Leszczynski, Agnieszka, Matthew W. Wilson. 2013. Theorizing the geoweb. GeoJournal. 78:6. p. 915-919. [25]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2012. Location-based services, conspicuous mobility, and the location-aware future. Geoforum. 43:6. p. 1266-1275. [21]
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]
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