Department Head and Associate Professor of Geography
Office: 206 Martin Hall
Telephone: (256) 782-5813
Fax Number: (256) 782-5336
Physical and Earth Sciences
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, AL 36265
PhD: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 2007 (Geography and Geographic Information Science)
MA: University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Masters in Applied Geography)
BA: University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Geography and Political Science)
My interests broadly span a cross section of issues concerned with concepts of social justice and political ecology. The focus ranges from social inequities in policy and planning to loss of privacy as it relates to advances in location based technology and the subsequent collection and use of personal data in the recent political climate. The primary focus is the impact that the growth and democratization of spatial technologies has on the perceptions of privacy in contemporary society. I am attempting to evaluate the commodification of spatial data as it relates to privacy concerns of technology consumers. Of particular interest is how the use of geospatial technological such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), location based services (LBS), and other spatially aware technologies have led to a significant increase in the collection and use of personally identifiable spatial data.
I worked with the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement and Sherubtse College to establish a GIS pilot project for Thimphu City, the capital city of Bhutan. He has been involved with the development of internships between the Bhutanese Government and The Department of Geography to create a trained workforce for GIS applications.
As a Fulbright Scholar (2011) to South Asia, working specifically with Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded India, Maharashtra. This time was spend teaching GIS and spatial analysis at SRTMU and working with Graduate students on the implementation of GIS in their research. I had the opportunity to travel extensively and make numerous presentations at different academic facilities.
I am also the recipient of the Oman Alwaleed Bin Talal Fellowship 2015. This is a cultural and educational exchange experience for Model Arab League Advisers. Sponsored by the National Council on U.S. – Arab Relations (NCUSAR).Publications: