Dr. Elisabeth Sedano promoted to Assistant Professor (Teaching)

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The Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) is pleased to announce that its faculty member Elisabeth Sedano, Ph.D., has been promoted to Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences.

Sedano teaches courses in SSI's undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. The undergraduage courses she teaches include the general education course SSCI 265: The Water Planet and SSCI 301: Maps and Spatial Reasoning. At the 2017 Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Annual Meeting, Sedano presented the paper "Teaching Critical Physical Geography in a General Education Setting: The Case of the Water Planet."

At the graduate level, Sedano teaches SSCI 581: Concepts in Spatial Thinking, SSCI 583: Spatial Analysis and Modeling, SSCI 591: Web GIS and SSCI 601b: Population, Health and Place Research Practicum.

She situates her research interests in the literatures of volunteered geographic information (VGI), public space and urban geography. In particular, she works at the intersection of outdoor advertising, crowdsourced mapping and geographic information science (GIS). Her current work engages community members using mobile applications in a counter-mapping project of outdoor advertising and street art in Los Angeles. Her publications in this area include Sensor’ship and spatial data quality: Lessons from VGI on the landscape of advertising in Los Angeles, published in Urban PlanningAdvertising, information, and space: Considering the informal regulation of the Los Angeles landscape, published in Environment and Planning A. In addition, she co-authored  The Ethics of Volunteered Geographic Information for GEOINT Use with Steven D. Fleming, Margaret Carlin, Rex W. Tracy, and James Walker, published in the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation 2018 State and Future of GEOINT Report.

John P. Wilson, Ph.D., founding director of the Spatial Sciences Institute and professor, said, "On behalf of all of my colleagues in the Spatial Sciences Institute, we warmly congratulate Dr. Sedano upon her promotion. Lisa is an outstanding scholar and teacher, who makes enormous contributions to the Institute and all the communities in which she is engaged. Her commitment to excellence and dedication to our students is an important factor in the success we enjoy in carrying out our educational and research missions."

Sedano received her Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Southern California, her J.D. from Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley, and her A.B. in Social Anthropology from Harvard College.


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