Matthew W. Wilson

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  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Director, New Maps Plus
  • Director, Mapshop
  • Geography
  • New Maps Plus
  • New Mappings Collaboratory
  • Appalachian Center
861 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-8851
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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. Forthcoming. Criticality as interpretation, deception, distortion? LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture. [64]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2019. Maps that Move. In Ways of Knowing Cities. New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City. pp. 236-249. [63]
Guan, Wendy, Matthew W. Wilson, and Anne Knowles. 2019. Evaluating the geographic in GIS. The Geographical Review. [61]
Barrett, Emily, and Matthew W. Wilson. 2019. Mapshop: Learning to Map, Mapping to Learn. Living Maps Review. No. 6. [60]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2018. On being technopositional in digital geographies. cultural geographies. 25:1. pp. 7-21. [54]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2017. New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map. University of Minnesota Press. [53]
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