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Taylor Shelton: Assistant Professor, Geography and GIS

Taylor Shelton

Assistant Professor, Geography and GIS

210 Hilbun Hall
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Dr. Taylor Shelton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. Broadly-trained as a human geographer, Dr. Shelton’s work combines critical socio-spatial theory and GIS in order to understand — and challenge — urban inequalities. In particular, his work focuses on how mapping and data visualization can be used to develop alternative understandings of urban social and spatial processes, especially as it relates to issues of housing speculation, property ownership and neighborhood segregation.

Prior to joining Mississippi State in 2017, Dr. Shelton held appointments as a visiting scholar in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky and as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology. 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.


  • Ph.D., Geography, Clark University, 2015
  • M.A., Geography, University of Kentucky, 2011
  • B.A., Geography and Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2008


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Mississippi State University, 2017-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, 2016-2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Urban Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-2016

Research Interests

  • urban geography, digital geographies, critical cartography/GIS, socio-spatial inequality, geographic thought and methodology

Teaching Areas

  • GR8313 Advanced Human Geography
  • GR4990/6990 Digital Geographies
  • GR4990/6990 Urban Environments
  • GR4203/6203 Geography of North America
  • GR4123/6123 Urban Geography
  • GR2013 Human Geography

Honors/Professional Activities

  • American Association of Geographers
  • Urban Affairs Association
  • Scholars Strategy Network

Graduate Students

  • Asger Ali (PhD)
  • Nick Chastain (MS)
  • Mustafa Monk (MS)

Recent Publications

  • Shelton, T. and A. 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.
  • Shelton, T. and T. Lodato. 2019. Actually existing smart citizens: expertise and (non)participation in the making of the smart city. City 23(1): 35-52.
  • Shelton, T. 2018. Mapping dispossession: eviction, foreclosure and the multiple geographies of housing instability in Lexington, Kentucky. Geoforum 97: 281-291.
  • Shelton, T. 2018. Rethinking the RECAP: mapping the relational geographies of concentrated poverty and affluence in Lexington, Kentucky. Urban Geography 39(7): 1070-1091.
  • Shelton, T. 2017. Spatialities of data: mapping social media ‘beyond the geotag’. GeoJournal 82(4): 721-734.

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