Michael Shin

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Michael Shin

Ladder Faculty

Office: 1255 BUNCHE HALL

Phone: 3108253727


(Ph.D., Colorado, 1998) is a 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 Geospatial @ UCLA initiative. View Professor Shin’s ResearchGate profile here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Shin2


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 .


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.

Selected Publications