Committee of Geographical Sciences Faculty

Luc Anselin

Chair, Committee on Geographical Sciences
Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College
Director, Center for Spatial Data Science
Senior Fellow, NORC

Luc Anselin is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College, the Director of the new Center for Spatial Data Science and a Senior Fellow at NORC. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.

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Marc G. Berman

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Marc Berman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and is involved in the Cognition, Social and Integrative Neuroscience programs. Understanding the relationship between individual psychological and neural processing and environmental factors lies at the heart of my research. In my lab we utilize brain imaging, behavioral experimentation, computational neuroscience and statistical models to quantify the person, the environment and their interactions. 

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Kathleen Cagney

Professor, Department of Sociology

Kate Cagney's work examines social inequality and its relationship to health with a focus on neighborhood, race, and aging and the life course. She has developed a series of papers on neighborhood social capital and its relationship to outcomes such as self-rated health, asthma prevalence, physical activity, and mortality during the 1995 Chicago heat wave. She also focuses on the validity of such measures and the development of new neighborhood-based metrics that reflect the perceptions and experiences of older residents. Currently she works on two Chicago-based studies of neighborhood context and older adult health, and is examining the role of the social and physical environment in older adult well-being with the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.

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Michael Conzen

Professor of Geography

Michael Conzen was the Chairman of the Committee on Geographical Studies until 2017, and president of the International Seminar on Urban Form from 2009-2013. His writing focuses on historical geography and urban morphology. He is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and recipient of the Association of American Geographers' Distinguished Scholarship Honors. 

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Xi Song

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Xi Song is interested in the origin of social inequality from a multigenerational perspective. Her recent work draws on genealogical data from as many as twelve generations of imperial and peasant families in historical China to explore how families maintain, change, and reproduce their social statuses. She is now extending her work to the context of the United States and several other societies, from a broader perspective that addresses macro-level social changes in fertility, mortality, and family structure, and micro-level patterns of families’ social mobility.

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Emily Talen

Professor of Urbanism

Emily Talen is a Professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago. Her focus is the built environment and how it intersects with social and environmental things — like social justice, civic life, and diversity. While pursuing these topics, she spent 8 years at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), 9 years at Arizona State, and recently arrived (2016) at the University of Chicago. Before becoming an academic, she was an urban planner with the City of Santa Barbara.

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Robert Vargas

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Robert Vargas' research examines how laws, politics, and bureaucracies shape the conditions of cities, with a particular focus on violence and health care. His multi award-winning book "Wounded City: Violent Turf Wars in a Chicago Barrio" brings political sociology to the study of urban violence by showing how ward redistricting shapes levels of block-level violence in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago.

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