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, Center for Spatial Data Science

5735 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Julia Koschinsky is the Executive Director of the Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago and has been part of the GeoDa team for over ten 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.


Xun Li, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Data Science, Center for Spatial Data Science

Xun Li, Ph.D. is the Assistant 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.


Marynia Kolak, Ph.D.

Assistant Director for Health Informatics, Center for Spatial Data Science

Marynia A. Kolak is the Assistant 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.


Kevin Credit, PhD

Assistant Director for Urban Informatics, Center for Spatial Data Science

Kevin Credit is the Assistant Director for Urban Informatics at the Center for Spatial Data Science. Kevin’s work is broadly interested in better understanding how planning policy influences sustainable economic development outcomes, such as entrepreneurship. His dissertation research looks specifically at the impact of public transit investments on the spatial distribution of new businesses, as well as the relationship between walkable land use patterns (including elements such as block size, density, and land use diversity) and business sales volume.


Jamie Saxon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Harris School and Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicago

Jamie is a postdoctoral fellow in the economics group of the Harris School. He studies compactness as a tool for districting reform (gerrymandering), the graph structure of American neighborhoods, and the accessibility of public resources. In practice, this means constrained clustering algorithms.

He has taught the introduction to the programming sequence for Harris MPP students.

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Irene Farah Rivadeneyra, M.A.

Research Associate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Irene is a Research Associate at the Center. She has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from ITAM in Mexico City and a Master’s in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She previously worked doing poverty measurement research for the Mexican government. Her current research interests are social dynamics, access to services, and urbanization.


Angela Li, B.A.

R Spatial Advocate, Center for Spatial Data Science

Angela has a dual Bachelor’s in Economics and Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. She is leading weekly workshops to help academics improve their research computing skills and developing a website to share spatial analysis resources developed by the Center.


Larissa Vieira, BA

Researcher, Center for Spatial Data Science

Larissa Vieira is a geographer with experience in combining spatial analysis and ethnographic research in applied research on transportation, poverty and inequality, housing and health. At CSDS she is analyzing spatial patterns of contract-funded health and human services in relation to where services are needed.