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2014 Ph.D., Geography, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
1998 J.D., University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
1993 A.B., Social Anthropology, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Elisabeth Sedano, Ph.D., is a Lecturer with the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. She teaches for the undergraduate general education program as well as the online Graduate Programs in Geographic Information Science & Technology. The courses she teaches include SSCI 365: The Water Planet and SSCI 581: Concepts in Spatial Thinking.
She earned a Ph.D. in geography from University of Southern California, a law degree from University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of law, and an A.B. in social anthropology from Harvard College. She was a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Paez at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Dr. Sedano’s research interests include outdoor advertising, crowdsourced mapping, and G.I.S. For her dissertation, she studied the politics of outdoor advertising in Los Angeles and created website that allowed residents of Los Angeles to map billboards in the city, a crowdsourced mapping project that she analyzed against a city-created inventory of billboards. Her analytical product is situated in the literatures of urban geography, public space, and volunteered geographic information. Her current work engages community members in a counter-mapping project of outdoor advertising and street art in Los Angeles.