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Doctoral Student and University Fellow

I began my doctoral work at Temple in Fall 2013 after completing a masters degree in Geography at West Virginia University.  My research happens in the nexus of spatial analysis and social justice by trying to reflectively develop and apply GIScience methods to situations of disparity and resistance.  In my masters work, I used a spatial difference-in-difference econometric analysis to produce a counter-hegemonic argument that new toxic industrial facilities cannot necessarily be counted on to improve economic conditions of host counties.  I am currently exploring possible dissertation topics around the idea that the forced removal of individuals from communities impacts those communities ability to develop strong social ties that might be necessary for organizing and advocating for their own needs and interests.

PhD – Geography and Urban Studies – Temple University – Anticipated 2018
MA – Geography – West Virginia University – 2013
BA – Physics – Ohio Wesleyan University – 2007



J. Conley, R. Stein, C. Davis. 2014. “A Spatial Analysis of the Neighborhood Scale of Residential Perceptions of Physical Disorder.” Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy.

C. Davis. 2008. “Stairway to Self-Organized Criticality: SOC on a Slope.” American Journal of Undergraduate Research 6(4): 13-23.

Conference Presentations

C. Davis. 2014. “A Critical Realist Framework for Counter-Hegemonic Spatial Analysis” 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

C. Davis. 2013. “A Critical Spatial Econometric Investigation of the Impact of New Toxic Facilities on Local Wages” 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.

C. Davis. 2012. “Sandpile Density Estimation” 2012 West Virginia GIS Conference: WV Association of Geospatial Professionals. (Poster)

C. Davis. 2012. “Spatial Analysis and Social Justice.” University Consortium for Geographic Information Science 2012 Symposium. (Lightning Talk – Not Research)

C. Davis. 2012. “Exploring the City – Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis, Hypothesis Building, and Neighborhood Disorder” 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. (Poster)