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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. Prior to joining MSU in 2017, he 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.

Dr. Shelton is a broadly-trained human geographer working at the intersection of digital geographies, critical GIS and urban geography. His research focuses on how urban spaces and social inequalities are represented, reproduced and contested through data. In particular, he is interested in how data can be used to produce alternative understandings of urban socio-spatial inequalities that challenge the stigmatization of certain people and places. 


  • 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

  • human geography, digital geographies, critical GIS, urban geography, socio-spatial inequality

Teaching Areas

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

Honors/Professional Activities

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

Graduate Students

  • Mustafa Monk

Recent Publications

  • Shelton, T. and A. Poorthuis. Forthcoming. 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.
  • Shelton, T. Forthcoming. Mapping dispossession: eviction, foreclosure and the multiple geographies of housing instability in Lexington, Kentucky. Geoforum.
  • Shelton, T. and T. Lodato. Forthcoming. Actually existing smart citizens: expertise and (non)participation in the making of the smart city. City.
  • 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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