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Craig M. Dalton

Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Geography


Degrees

PHD, 2012, Univ North Carolina Chapel Hil; BA, 2004, Vassar Coll


Bio

Craig Dalton received his Ph.D. in geography and a graduate certificate in Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Teaching Interests

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related geotechnologies (beginner to professional levels); Visualizing and distributing geographic information; Cultural geography

Research Interests

Dr. Dalton's work focuses on web-based geotechnologies extends from Google Maps to spatial data science to mobile phone user’s geographic practices. He authored multiple pieces on the history and power-relations of Google Maps. Currently, he is collaborating with Jim Thatcher (Univ. of Washington-Tacoma) to develop a socially situated, contextualized approach to understanding spatial ‘big’ data/data science/data analytics, in multiple publication outlets. Dr. Dalton also conducts research on how people use maps and geographic applications on their mobile devices in their everyday lives. How are those maps and services shaping how users see, understand, and behave in the world? All of this work seeks to understand the power geometries, political economies, and cultural priorities that underlie geographic technologies, posing questions about the limits of current geotechnologies and GIS, the ethical conundrums they raise, and the possibilities of other, better technological relationships. Dr. Dalton also studies and engages in counter-mapping and GIS for social justice, often with a local or regional orientation. This work takes several forms. He is a founding member of the Counter Cartographies Collective (3Cs), a multidisciplinary, research group that uses mapping and GIS for social change in universities and communities.

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
GEOG 007 FUN WITH MAPS AND GIS Undergraduate
GEOG 060 INTRO TO GIS & DIGITAL MAPS Undergraduate
GEOG 159 (IS)CARTOGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION Undergraduate
GEOG 160 INTERM GEOG INFO SYSTMS Undergraduate
GEOG 170 ADV GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYSTEMS Undergraduate
GEOG 180 FIELD STUDIES IN GEOG Undergraduate
GEOG 2060 INTRODUCTION TO GIS Graduate
GEOG 2160 INTERM GEOG INFO SYSTMS Graduate
GEOG 2170 ADV GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYSTEMS Graduate
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