Dr. Shelton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Mississippi State University. Prior to joining MSU in 2017, he held appointments as a visiting scholar in the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky and as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Urban Innovation at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Broadly-trained as a human geographer, Dr. Shelton earned BA and MA degrees in geography from the University of Kentucky and his PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Dr. Shelton’s work focuses on exploring the social and spatial dimensions of ‘big data’ and how these new sources of data are changing the way we think about, and intervene in, the world around us. In particular, he is interested in how mapping and data visualization can be used to develop alternative understandings of urban spaces and social inequalities.

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