Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, 2015
M.A., Geography, University of Kentucky, 2011
B.A., Geography and Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2008
Geographic thought and methodology
Dr. Taylor Shelton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University. Working at the intersection of critical human geography and geographic information science, Dr. Shelton is interested in how urban spaces and social inequalities are represented, reproduced and contested through maps and data. In particular, his work focuses on using mapping and data visualization to develop alternative understandings of urban inequalities, especially in relation to issues of housing speculation, property ownership and neighborhood segregation.
Prior to joining Georgia State in 2020, Dr. Shelton held appointments at Mississippi State University, the University of Kentucky and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before that, Dr. Shelton earned BA and MA degrees in geography from the University of Kentucky and his PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University.
Taylor Shelton, Ate Poorthuis (2019). The nature of neighborhoods: using big data to rethink the geographies of Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Unit system. Annals of the American Association of Geographers 109(5): 1341-1361.
Taylor Shelton, Thomas Lodato (2019). Actually existing smart citizens: expertise and (non) participation in the making of the smart city. City 23(1): 35-52.
Taylor Shelton (2018). Mapping dispossession: eviction, foreclosure and the multiple geographies of housing instability in Lexington, Kentucky. Geoforum 97: 281-291.
Taylor Shelton (2018). Rethinking the RECAP: mapping the relational geographies of concentrated poverty and affluence in Lexington, Kentucky. Urban Geography 39(7): 1070-1091.
Taylor Shelton (2017). Spatialities of data: mapping social media 'beyond the geotag'. GeoJournal 82(4): 721-734.