Category Archives: Doctoral Programs

Read about our Doctoral Programs at the Spatial Science Institute, USC Dornsife. For more information, call 213-7400-5910.

Matthew Nelson

Matthew Nelson is a Ph.D. student of political science at the University of Southern California. He is interested in electoral institutions and is currently conducting research on redistricting, primaries, and voting restrictions. Matt believes Geographic Information Science (GIS) can help us understand the ramifications of public policy and is a useful tool for the visualization…
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Jiawen Fang

Jiawen Fang is a Ph.D. student focusing on sustainable transportation. She is currently working on the social and environmental impacts of innovative technological interruptions such as Amazon Lockers, truck electrification and ride-sharing platforms. Jiawen Fang's academic journey started at Peking University in China with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning where she found that spatial…
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Michael R. Pfonner

Originally from Western New York, Michael obtained a Bachelor of Arts from The State University of New York (SUNY), College at Buffalo and is a Marine Corps veteran. Currently, Michael R. Pfonneris a Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California in Political Science and International Relations (POIR) program in the Dornsife College of Letters,…
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Yan Xu

Yan Xu earned her Bachelor of Science in Urban and Environmental Science from Peking University in Beijing, China, and then earned her Master of Arts in Geography and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology from the University of Southern California. She currently works as a Research Associate in the Geosoft Lab in…
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