Dr. Monica Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Humboldt State University. Her research focuses on issues in geographic user-generated content including the gendered divisions in Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI), digital divides, and online censorship of social media. A parallel project includes integrating Social Network Analysis (SNA) with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to understand the integration between spatial networks and online social networks.
Monica blogs with friends at www.FloatingSheep.org
- Geography of Hate
- Follow Thy Neighbor: Connecting the Social and the Spatial on Twitter
- Gender and the GeoWeb: Divisions in the Production of User-Generated Cartographic Information
- Beyond The GeoTag: Situating BigData and Leveraging the Potential of the GeoWeb
- Data Shadows of the Underground Economy
Follow the links above/right for pre-publication versions of the projects.
My doctoral work demonstrated how a shift towards user-generated geographic information for basemaps resulted in a gendered divide in online content. By integrating GIS and SNA I demonstrated that although geographically uneven, social structures developed through online networks of user-generated content are most effective at transmitting information at a local level. My current work surrounds geographies of gender, hate, and censorship online.
At Humboldt State University I teach in the Department of Geography. My courses are primarily listed in the Geospatial Studies program and are available to undergraduates, master's students and GSP-certificate students.
GEOG 471--Virtual LandscapesThis course examines the cultural geographies of the internet from digital divides to social practices of the mobile web.
GEOG/GSP 316--Intro to CartographyCartographic visualization and map design principles through GIS, Illustrator and web maps. This class includes data classification, color, visual variables, etc..
GEOG/GSP 416--Advanced Cartography