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Curriculum Vitae

2011 Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
1998 M.A., Geography, the University of Toledo, Ohio
1994 B.A., Geography, Nara University, Japan

Dr. Katsuhiko Oda is Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC).

He holds a B.A. in Geography from Nara University, Japan (1994); M.A. in Geography from the University of Toledo, Ohio (1998); PhD in Geography from Texas A&M University, College Station in Texas (2011). He began teaching online graduate courses at the Spatial Sciences Institute in 2011. He has taught SSCI 581 “Concepts for Spatial Thinking” and SSCI 589 “Cartography & Visualization” as a course leader.

He has worked on cartography and GIS analysis since he began his career in 1994. He studied how visually impaired persons acquired spatial information through tactual maps in his master’s thesis. Before entering the Ph.D. program in 2011, he worked in a mapping company in Tokyo as a GIS analyst. His main responsibility was to produce a wide variety of GIS data by using ArcGIS. In addition, he conducted several projects that focused on watershed mapping and 3D modeling. When he was a Ph.D. student, he worked as a research assistant for a project that examined walkability on elementary school children’s home-to-school routes.

He is committed to research efforts that are directed at the education of spatial thinking, which is critically important for spatial problem solving and decision making through GIS. In his dissertation, he assessed college students’ geospatial concept knowledge by using concept maps and provided some educational implications.