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Craig M. Dalton

Associate Professor of Global Studies and Geography


Degrees

PHD, 2012, Unv North Carolina Chapel Hill; BA, 2004, Vassar College


Teaching Interests

Data-driven geographic technologies including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Location-Based Services (LBS), cartographic design, mapping for social justice, geographies of health, cultural geography.


Research Interests

Dr. Dalton's work focuses on data-driven geotechnologies extending from surveillance to spatial data science to mobile phone users’ geographic practices. He has authored multiple publications on the growing role and social implications of geographic data in facilitating the technologies of our everyday lives. He and Jim Thatcher (Univ. of Washington-Tacoma) coined the term "critical data studies" to describe a new 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, from personal navigation to housing access and affordability. How are those maps and services shaping how users see, understand, and act 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 and has included a variety of community partners. 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.




Selected Publications






Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
GEOG 007 FUN WITH MAPS AND GIS Undergraduate
GEOG 060 (NS) INTRO TO DIGITAL MAPPING Undergraduate
GEOG 100 DEPT HONORS CANDIDACY: ESSAY Undergraduate
GEOG 115 (IS, CC) GLOBAL HEALTH GEOG Undergraduate
GEOG 159 (IS)CARTOGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION Undergraduate
GEOG 160 INTERM GEOG INFO SYSTMS Undergraduate
GEOG 170 ADV GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYSTEMS Undergraduate
GEOG 191 SEM-GEOGRAPHIC METH Undergraduate
GEOG 2160 INTERM GEOG INFO SYSTMS Graduate
GEOG 2170 ADV GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYSTEMS Graduate
GS 115 (IS, CC) GLOBAL HEALTH GEOG Undergraduate
HUHC 020H MAPS & MONSTERS Undergraduate
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