Michael Shin

Contact Information

Office  1255 BUNCHE HALL
Phone  3108253727

(Ph.D., Colorado, 1998) is an Associate Professor with research interests in geographic information systems (GIS), political geography, globalization and Italy. Professor Shin teaches courses in GIS, cartography and geographic data visualization, and is Director of the UCLA Program in Geospatial Information Systems & Technology. "


1998, Ph.D., Geography, University of Colorado.

1995, M.A., Geography, University of Colorado.

1992, B.A., magna cum laude, International Affairs, University of Colorado .

Fields of Study

GIS, political geography and spatial analysis

Selected Publications


My research interests include: geographic information systems (GIS), political and economic geography, and Italian politics and society. I am especially interested in reconciling universal (global) assumptions about political and economic patterns with particular (regional/local) outcomes and processes. By exploring the ways in which geographic concepts such as place, context and diffusion are linked to politics and economics, valuable insights into democracy and economic development can be obtained. To evaluate this interplay between the global and local, I frequently use geographical information systems (GIS) and spatial data analysis in my research. My methodological expertise and interest in geographical data analysis and visualization is also reflected in my teaching.

Current Courses by Term

2019 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


Introduction to Spatial Statistics

Geographic Data Visualization and Analysis

Teaching Apprentice Practicum