Research and Writing

My interests lie broadly in sense of place, urban geography, and geographic information systems (GIS).  Such interests have lead to research efforts that stretch from ethnographic and historical geographies of Las Vegas to technical GIS collaboration with students and colleagues on projects such as sea-level-rise mapping, online and mobile map deployment, and wifi security mapping.

More specifically, my work falls into the two broad categories outlined below.

See these other pages for a full list of my publications and presentations, or view my CV here.

Sense of Place and Place Geographies

Sense of Place and Place Geographies

I am deeply intrigued by how people interact with their places and the depth that a relationship to place can play in their lives.  My work here has largely focused on that interaction for locals in Las Vegas and how GIS can be integrated in qualitative, ethnographic research, which culminated in my book Everyday Las Vegas: Local Life in a Tourist Town (University of Nevada Press).  More recently, my work has expanded to include the influence of casinos away from Southern Nevada in cities around the country.

Current Projects: Las Vegas as voluntary region; popular media and Las Vegas, Local casino landscapes in Las Vegas. Click here for more information on current projects.
Collaborative Research in GIS

Collaborative Research in GIS

I enjoy finding ways of using GIS and spatial data to understand important human concerns.  My work here is split between mapping sea level rise, rancher vulnerability to drought, and, more recently, interactive web/mobile GIS.

Current Projects: Sea level rise mapping; interactive mobile app/map of Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin; web-mapping system development for Illinois Emergency Management Agency.  Click here for more information on current projects.