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Matthew W. Wilson

Research Interests:
Critical cartography & GIS
cultural geography
urban political geography
Science and Technology Studies
Disciplinary History of Geography

Ph.D. University of Washington, 2009
M.A. University of Washington, 2005
B.S. Northwest Missouri State University, 2002



Matthew W. Wilson, PhD, is Chair and Professor of Geography at the University of Kentucky and Associate at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University. He directs Mapshop. He is an editor at cultural geographies, an international, peer-reviewed quarterly journal. He co-edited Understanding Spatial Media (SAGE, 2017) and his most recent book is New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map (University of Minnesota Press, 2017). He has previously taught at Ball State University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and his current research examines mid-20th century, digital mapping practices. He earned his PhD and MA from the University of Washington and his BS from Northwest Missouri State University. His childhood was spent in Pumpkin Center, Missouri, a small farming community in Nodaway County, where his family has farmed for over 170 years.

Selected Publications:
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Parraguez, Ana, Inga Gryl, Ricardo Truffelo, Matthew W. Wilson, eds. Forthcoming. SIG Critico en Chile: Traducciones, Situaciones, e Intervenciones. Santiago: Instituto de Estudios Urbanos y Territoriales. [80]
Wilson, Matthew W. 2022. Technical Lands and Technical Lines. In Technical Lands: A Critical Primer. Jovis. Jeffrey Nesbit and Charles Waldheim, editors. pp. 64-69. [75]

Wilson, Matthew W. 2022. GIScience III: questions of time. Progress in Human Geography. 46:6. pp. 1431-1438. [74]

Wilson, Matthew W. 2022. GIScience II: newness and imminence. Progress in Human Geography. 46:1. pp. 224-233. [70]

Wilson, Matthew W. 2021. GIScience I: social histories and disciplinary crucibles. Progress in Human Geography. 45:1. pp. 166-177. [66]

Wilson, Matthew W. 2020. Criticality as interpretation, deception, distortion? LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture. No. 12. pp. 20-25. [65]

Guan, Wendy, Matthew W. Wilson, and Anne Knowles. 2019. Evaluating the geographic in GIS. The Geographical Review. 109:3. pp. 297-307 [61]

Barrett, Emily, and Matthew W. Wilson. 2019. Mapshop: Learning to Map, Mapping to Learn. Living Maps Review. No. 6. [60]

Wilson, Matthew W. 2018. On being technopositional in digital geographies. cultural geographies. 25:1. pp. 7-21. [54]

Wilson, Matthew W. 2017. New Lines: Critical GIS and the Trouble of the Map. University of Minnesota Press. [53]

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