My research seeks to better understand the ways online social networks transcend and reinforce patterns of sociability as well as the ways misinformation and incivility are demographically and spatially dependent. I use methodologies derived from GIS and spatial data science to examine the ways user-generated content is impacting communities, social relations, and democratic processes.
For popular media and public talks, see here.
- Stephens, M., 2019 “Youthful Indiscretion” in How to Run a City Like a Corporation, and Other Fables. Rob Kitchin, Mark Graham, Shannon Mattern and Joe Shaw. Eds.
- Stephens, M., Tong, L. Hale, S. and Graham, M. 2018 “Misogyny, Twitter, and the Rural Voter” in Atlas of the 2016 Elections. Robert H. Watrel, Ryan Weichelt, Fiona Davidson, John Heppen, Erin H. Fouberg, J. Clark Archer , Richard L. Morrill, Fred M. Shelley, Kenneth C. Martis. Eds.
- Johnson, PA., Sieber, R, Stephens, M. and Robinson, P. 2017 “The Cost(s) of Geospatial Open Data” Transactions in GIS. 21(3) p. 434-435
- Stephens, M. 2016 “Community and Copyright: The Building of an OpenGIS Data Repository in Buffalo, NY” International Conference on GIScience. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/18c9c78s
- Poorthuis, A, Zook, M, Shelton, T, Graham, M, Stephens, M., 2016 “Using Geotagged Digital Social Data in Geographic Research” Key Methods in Geography. eds. N. Clifford, S. French, M. Cope, and S. Gillespie.
- Stephens, M., and Poorthuis, A. 2015 "Follow Thy Neighbor: Connecting the Social and Spatial Networks on Twitter" Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 53, p. 87–95
- Wilson, M and Stephens, M. 2015 “GIS and Social Media” in Mediated Geographies/Geography of Media. Springer. International Handbooks in Human Geography Series. Susan Mains, Julie Cupples and Christopher Lunkinbeal Eds.
- Hecht, B., and Stephens, M., 2014 "A Tale of Cities: Urban Biases in Volutneered Geographic Information". Proceedings of ICWSM 2014. Menlo Park, CA: AAAI Press.
- Stephens, M. 2013 "Gender and the GeoWeb: Divisions in the Production of User-Generated Cartographic Information" GeoJournal, p. 981-996.
- Crampton, J., Graham, M., Poorthius, A., Shelton, T., Stephens, M., Wilson, M. Zook, M. 2013 "Beyond the Geotag? Deconstructing “Big Data" Cartography and Geographic Information Science, p. 130-139.
- Graham, M., Stephens, M. and Hale S.A., 2013 “A Geography of Twitter” Environment and Planning A. p. 100-102.
- Graham, M., Hale S.A., and Stephens, M. 2012 “Digital Divide: The Geography of Internet Access.” Environment and Planning A. 44:5, p. 1009-1010.
- Baker, D. Evans, R. and Stephens, M. 2010 “Environmental Impact Statement Contributions for the San Pedro River Valley.” U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management, New Mexico State Office.
Popular press & Maps
Many of the maps I created were as a part of the FloatingSheep project.
As all maps were created and shared under a creative commons license, some have appeared in exhibitions or been reproduced (with permission) in other publications.
- 2019 "Twitter and Hurricane Sandy" in Futurium exhibit: the future of cities
- 2014 “Hate Maps” in The Best American Infographics: 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Nate Silver and Gareth Cook, eds. p. 56-67.
- 2013 "Yes, We've been talking a lot more about Twerking than Syria on Twitter" in Wired Magazine
- 2012 "The Internet does not solve global inequality" in The Atlantic
I also made maps for the Convoco Foundation/Oxford Internet Institute's Geographies of the World's Knowledge project