Luc Anselin, Ph.D.

Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College
Director, Center for Spatial Data Science
Senior Fellow, NORC

Luc Anselin is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College, the Director of the new Center for Spatial Data Science and a Senior Fellow at NORC. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2008 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011.


Julia Koschinsky, Ph.D.

Executive Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

5735 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Julia Koschinsky is the Executive Director and Senior Research Associate of the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago and has been part of the GeoDa team for over 18 years. She has been conducting and managing research funded through federal awards of over $8 million to gain insights from the spatial dimensions of urban challenges in housing, health, and the built environment.

Julia Koschinsky

Xun Li, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Data Science, Center for Spatial Data Science

Xun Li, Ph.D. is the Associate Director for Data Science at the University of Chicago's Center for Spatial Data Science. Prior to joining the Center, he worked as the principal software engineer of the GeoDa and GeoDa-Web software at Arizona State University. He also held software engineering positions at Motorola R&D, Microsoft Research, and Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs.

Xun Li

Marynia Kolak, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Health Informatics, Center for Spatial Data Science

Marynia A. Kolak is the Associate Director for Health Informatics at the Center. She investigates issues of equity across space and time using applied spatial econometrics and statistics with policy-driven, systems-integrating solutions. Her current research intersects domains of food access, public health, and housing.


Stuart Lynn, PhD

Research Director and Senior Principal Software Engineer

Stuart Lynn is a Research Director and Senior Principal Software Engineer at the Center. His interests include widening the participation in scientific discussion and inquiry to non-traditional communities through the development of tools and active participation in citizen science and collaborative processes. He holds a Master in Mathematical Physics and a PHD in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh. In previous roles he has worked with non-profits and NGOs with the Two Sigma Data Clinic, lead the Data Science team at CARTO and was the technical lead for the citizen science platform The Zooniverse.


Crystal Bae, Ph.D.

Assistant Instructional Professor of GIScience

Crystal Bae is Assistant Instructional Professor of GIScience in the Division of the Social Sciences and the College. Her research in spatial cognition focuses on geographic movement visualization, real-world navigation, cognition of neighborhoods and regions, and social decision making. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography with an Emphasis in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a former postdoc of the Movement Data Science Lab at UCSB.


Qinyun Lin, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Spatial Data Science

Qinyun Lin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Spatial Data Science. Her research interests include sensitivity analysis, causal inference, mediation analysis, social network analysis and multi-level models. Her dissertation proposes sensitivity analysis techniques for presence of spillover effects and heterogeneous treatment effects in multisite randomized control trials. Her dissertation work also looks at unobserved mediator as a post-treatment confounder in causal mediation analysis.

Qinyun Lin

Wenfei Xu, PhD

Mansueto Institute Postdoctoral Fellow & Center for Spatial Data Science Postdoctoral Scholar

Wenfei Xu is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mansueto Institute and the Center for Spatial Data Science with affiliation at the University of Chicago Department of Sociology. Her research topics include social-spatial stratification, segregation, race and ethnicity, computational methods, and neighborhood change in the United States. Her work ranges from an interest in the historical legacies of structural housing discrimination and its contemporary spatial-temporal manifestations to exploring the uses of big data in characterizing human activity for urban social science research. She received her PhD in urban planning at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and holds dual Masters in Urban Planning and Architecture from MIT and a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago.


Dylan Halpern, M.S.

Senior Software Engineer, US Covid Atlas

Dylan Halpern is the Senior Software Engineer for the US Covid Atlas at the Center. Utilizing methods of geospatial data analytics, visualization, and web development, he works in domains of public health, urban experience and activity, and transit. He holds a Master in City Planning from MIT, and previous positions include research roles with MIT Senseable City Lab, Civic Data Design Lab, and City Form Lab, and a Fulbright research fellowship in Brazil. 


Susan Paykin, M.P.P.

Research Manager, Center for Spatial Data Science

Susan Paykin is a Research Manager with the Healthy Regions and Policies Lab at the Center for Spatial Data Science. Her work integrates GIS and spatial analysis with public policy research, with a focus on public health, economic justice, and sustainable food systems. She holds an M.P.P. from UChicago's Harris School of Public Policy.