About me:

I'm a visiting scholar at the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and a staff writer at Grantland.com; I have expertise in spatial and visual analytics.

My research focuses on the visual dimensions of analytical communication. I'm particularly interested in the links between visual form, graphic design, and spatial reasoning. This avenue of research is significantly influenced by the principles of cartography, visualization, cognitive psychology, vision science, spatial analysis, and human computer interaction.

I am fascinated by the abilities of visual analytics to reveal invisible spatial structures within real-world environments. With this in mind, I investigate everything from sports performance to the geography of food in cities.

I am currently developing new analytical approaches that help explain the complex interactions between spaces, places, and people.

The tie that binds all of my research together is the unmatched ability of graphics to simplify and summarize complex spatial narratives. My courses aim to enable students to harness the power of graphic communication by understanding fundamental concepts as well as learning contemporary design techniques.

I received a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara in August, 2007. After this, I taught Geography at Michigan State for 4 years, before moving on to Harvard and Grantland. I currently live in Austin, Texas with my little family.