Matthew W. Wilson

  • Associate Professor of Geography
  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
  • Head of Hall, Roselle-Wired Residential College
  • Director, Mapshop
  • Appalachian Center
  • Geography
  • Roselle-Wired
861 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-8851
Other Affiliations:
  • American Association of Geographers
  • North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS)
Research Interests:

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. His research in critical GIS draws upon STS and urban political geography to understand the development and proliferation of location-based technologies, with particular attention to the consumer electronic sector. He has previously taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and his current research project analyzes the founding of the Laboratory for Computer Graphics at Harvard in 1965, a catalyzing moment in the advent of the digital map. His work has been published in leading journals and collections including, Society & Space, Landscape & Urban Planning, Qualitative GIS (Sage), Geoforum, The Professional Geographer, the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Cartographica, Social & Cultural Geography, Gender, Place & Culture, and Environment & Planning A.

Selected Publications: 
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Wilson, Matthew W. Under advanced contract. New Lines: Location-aware futures and the map. University of Minnesota Press. [52]
Kitchin, Rob, Tracey Lauriault, and Matthew W. Wilson, eds. In press. 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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