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  • Lisa Berkman

    Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology; Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, Harvard School of Public Health

    Doctor Berkman is an internationally-recognized social epidemiologist. As Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies her research focuses on understanding inequalities in health related to socioeconomic status, different racial and ethnic groups, social networks, support and isolation. Many of Dr. Berkman’s 200 + publications utilize geospatial methods.

  • Suzanne Blier

    Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and Professor of African and African American Studies, Department of History of Art and Architecture, FAS

    Professor Blier is the co-creator of Africamap, a platform for visualizing, analyzing, and sharing maps and geographic datasets related to African studies. Prof. Blier’s award winning book "Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba," applies geographic analytics and visualizations to the study of ancient African art.

  • Peter Bol

    Vice Provost for Advances in Learning; Charles H. Carswell Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations, FAS; Founding Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis

    Professor Bol led the Harvard University-wide effort to establish support for geospatial analysis in teaching and research.  He was named first director of the Center for Geographic Analysis when it was founded in 2005.

  • Neil Brenner

    Professor of Urban Theory; Director of the Urban Theory Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Professor Brenner’s writing and teaching focus on the theoretical, conceptual and methodological dimensions of urban questions. HIs books include "New State Spaces: Urban Governance and the Rescaling of Statehood," and "Spaces of Neoliberalism: Urban Restructuring in North America and Western Europe."

  • John Brownstein

    Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

    John Brownstein is Professor at Harvard Medical School, Chief Innovation Officer of Boston Children’s Hospital, and Director of the Computational Epidemiology Lab and the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator at Boston Children’s. His work aims to have translation impact on the surveillance, control and prevention of disease. He co-founded, a map based real time disease outbreak surveillance system.

  • Marcia Castro

    Associate Professor of Demography, Harvard School of Public Health

    Marcia Castro applies geographical information systems, remote sensing, and spatial statistics to her research. She has done extensive work mapping the Brazilian Amazon, and creating a GIS for all of Brazil. Dr. Castro also works on the Dar es Salaam Urban Malaria Control Program, promoting the use of environmental management approaches to improve urban health.

  • Ryan Enos

    Associate Professor of Government, Department of Government, FAS

    Ryan D. Enos specializes in American Politics, Political Psychology, and Race and Ethnic Politics. He studies political behavior and intergroup attitudes through laboratory and field experiments and spatial analysis.

  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor & Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder. Professor Gates is a founder of the AfricaMap and WorldMap map platforms which support a range of map-based collaborations within Harvard and outside Harvard.

  • Andrew Gordon

    Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History

    Andy Gordon directs the extensive Japan Disasters Archive and JapanMap, which preserve both real-time information related to the Sendai earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, as well as accounts of the aftermath. As an historian of Modern Japan, Gordon is widely published on the topics of material culture, consumerism, economy and social system of Japan, including "A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present."

  • Steven Gortler

    Robert I. Goldman Professor of Computer Science, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Professor Gortler’s research has focused on designing fundamental representations for computer graphics, as well as pursuing a mathematically rigorous understanding of computer graphics algorithms and techniques. This theoretical focus has been at the heart of all his research, from his early work in efficient lighting simulation, to his current work on image-based rendering and discrete geometry processing.

  • Geoffrey G. Jones

    Isidor Straus Professor of Business History

    Professor Geoffrey Jones researches the evolution, impact and responsibility of global business. Professor Jones leads the Business History Initiative and has created a range of datasets as well as interactive historical data visualization applications used in teaching and research, which cover a wide array of global and U.S. economic and commercial phenomena.

  • Jerold Kayden

    Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and Design; Co-Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design and Director of the Master in Urban Planning Degree Program, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

    Jerold S. Kayden’s scholarship focuses on land use law and environmental law, public-private real estate development, public space in cities, and urban disaster resilience. His numerous books include Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience.

  • Gary King

    Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor; Director of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, FAS

    Gary King is a leader in the development and application of empirical methods in many areas of social science research, with a focus on innovations which span the range from statistical theory to practical application. He is the founder of Dataverse, a data archiving platform which uses CGA’s WorldMap platform to support geospatial operations such as spatial joining and map visualization. Dr.

  • Michael McCormick

    Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History, Department of History, FAS

    Professor McCormick leads the international effort to create a Digital Atlas of Medieval and Roman Civilization (DARMC), that builds on his extensive interdisciplinary approach to historical studies. McCormick's investigations include such wide ranging methods as molecular archaeology, historical epidemiology, and artificial intelligence for textual analysis.

  • Paul Moorcroft

    Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, FAS

    Professor Moorcroft specializes in terrestrial ecosystem dynamics. He uses passive and active remote sensing techniques to improve the predictive ability of terrestrial biosphere models, to understand how vegetation structure influences biogeochemical cycling, and to estimate sub-pixel plant community compositions.

  • Kelly O’Neill

    Associate Professor of History, FAS

    Professor O’Neill's research and teaching interests focus on the evolution of the Russian tsarist empire, particularly on the social, cultural, and spatial implications of imperial rule. An exemplary result is The Imperiia Project, an historical GIS of the tsarist state.

  • Robert Sampson

    Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, FAS

    Robert Sampson is a leading sociologist whose research and teaching cover a variety of areas including crime, disorder, the life course, neighborhood effects, civic engagement, inequality, "ecometrics," and the social structure of the city. Professor Sampson is co-founder and co-director of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), a program that promotes original urban research on the cutting edge of social science and public policy, and forges mutually beneficial relationships among the region's scholars, policymakers, practitioners and civic leaders.

  • John Shaw

    Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, FAS

    Professor Shaw leads the Structural Geology & Earth Resources Program at Harvard, an industry-academic consortium that provides data, software, and support for research. His team investigates the structure of the Earth's crust, using modern geologic and geophysical data, including 3D seismic reflection surveys and multispectral remote sensing imagery.

  • S.V. Subramanian

    Professor of Population Health and Geography, Department of Society Human Development and Health, HSPH

    Professor Subramanian is a senior core faculty at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and the founding director for an interdisciplinary PhD program in Population Health Sciences currently under development.

  • Jason Ur

    Professor, Department of Anthropology, FAS; Director of the Center for Geographic Analysis.

    Dr. Ur conducts research in the fields of early urbanism, landscape archaeology, and remote sensing, particularly the use of declassified U.S. intelligence imagery. Dr. Ur uses geographic information science, spatial analysis, and GIS technology for his research on ancient Sumeria, and serves as the chair of the CGA Faculty Steering Committee.

  • Christopher Winship

    Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology; Member of the Faculty at the John F. Kennedy School of Government

    Chris Winship is a leading sociologist who focuses on statistical and methodological issues including the analysis of qualitative dependent variables, selection bias, and counterfactual causal analysis. Professor Winship is a member of the CGA Faculty Steering Committee.