Monica Stephens

Internet Geographer

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

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Research

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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.

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Teaching

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.

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GEOG 471--Virtual Landscapes
This course examines the cultural geographies of the internet from digital divides to social practices of the mobile web.
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GEOG/GSP 316--Intro to Cartography
Cartographic visualization and map design principles through GIS, Illustrator and web maps. This class includes data classification, color, visual variables, etc..
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GEOG/GSP 416--Advanced Cartography

Integrates web-design with cartography to produce anamatied and interactive maps. Students focus on TileMill, GoogleMaps API/Javascript and Python.

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GSP 426--Cartography Practicum
Students gain practical mapping experience through supervised work producing cartographic solutions for a community-based client.
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Contact Monica Stephens

Contact with questions/comments

Email: monica.stephens [at] humboldt.edu

Phone: (707) 826-3467

Office Location: Founders Hall 131

 

 

Mailing Address

Department of Geography, Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, California 95521

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