Feb. 16, 2021


Spring Course: 11.523, Spatial Database Management


I’ll be teaching 11.523: Fundamentals of Spatial Database Management this spring at MIT DUSP. It is an ‘H3’ class, meaning it takes place in the first half of the semester, ending in the first week of April. Course description follows:

Advances in urban science, the rise of ‘big data’, …

Aug. 6, 2020

Tenant Power Application

Tenant Power just launched! This is an application I’ve been building under the auspices of Graphe with collaborators in the Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville Housing Justice Working Group recently launched. The application uses city assessor’s data from Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, and Brookline, Massachusetts to identify additional properties …


May 15, 2020

Ph(inally)D

Decided to wait until after I’d submitted my revisions, but I can now say that I officially pushed my dissertation over the finish line. I defended in Lexington this past March, coming in right under the Covid-19 wire… it was about a week after my flight back to Boston that …


May 6, 2020

Dylan Halpern on Mis/Dis/Malinformation

My thesis student, Dylan Halpern, defended his thesis in style today! I’ve copy-pasted the introduction I gave to Dylan’s work below…

It’s my distinct pleasure to introduce Dylan Halpern. Dylan holds a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of …


March 20, 2020

NERFC Fellowship

Just got word from the Massachusetts Historical Society that I was named a 2020-21 Fellow of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium! I’ll be pursuing a new digital humanities/historical GIS project on cartography and urban plans with New England map libraries and historical societies including the Leventhal Map and …


Feb. 3, 2020

Beyond Extraction Counter-Conference

This past weekend, Graphe—along with the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, and the Beyond Extraction collective out of York University—put on a counter-conference and series of direct actions at the annual meeting of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. For our part, we led workshops that sat between critical corporate …


Sept. 2, 2019

The Omega Affair: Discontinuing the Geography Department at Michigan

My colleague, Matthew Rosenblum, and I recently polished off a paper that tells the story of the Department of Geography’s discontinuance at the University of Michigan (R.I.P., 1915-1982). It’s titled “The Omega Affair: Disciplinary Vulnerability and the Discontinuance of the University of Michigan Department of Geography.” This paper builds on …


Aug. 15, 2019

Graphe Wins Collaborative Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Award

Graphe has been named a 2018-19 recipient of a $17,000 CAD Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist International Workshop Award. We’ll be collaborating with Beyond Extraction and the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network to host a counter-conference at the annual meeting of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada in Toronto. …


Jan. 15, 2019

New course: Spatial Database Management and Advanced GIS

I’m teaching a graduate-level advanced spatial statistics and spatial database management class this spring in MIT DUSP. I’ve redesigned the class to include modules on working with spatial database queries in PostGIS as well as spatial/geo- statistics (spatial autocorrelation, interpolation methods, spatial and regression modeling). Reading materials draw extensively …


Jan. 5, 2019

The Data Plays for a Year: New edited volume of student work

Students in my “Histories and Theories of the Computational City” class edited together a book of responses to our contemporary computational condition (???). It’s available on the web here. From my introduction:

This mess of words before you is the product of one semester …


Dec. 14, 2018

NextStop at the Cooper Hewitt

NextStop is an interactive installation that encourages museum-goers to speculate about the affective, embodied, legal, and lived futures of urban mobility. We solicited survey responses and open speculation on cards that populated an interactive data visualization, visible here.

In collaboration with the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT. …


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