Geographic Information Science


Matthew Mitchelson

Assistant Chair, Department of Geography and Anthropology
Associate Professor of Geography

Contact Information

Office: Social Sciences (SO 22), Room 4078
Phone: 470-578-6240
Fax: 470-578-9147


Dr. Matthew Mitchelson is an economic geographer who studies imprisonment in the United States. His research and teaching interests generally include urban-economic geography, political geography, and GIS. He is particularly interested in multi- and mixed-method research and theories of political economy. His current research includes: a quantitative, cartographic spatial analysis of Georgia prisoners’ homes and the prisons in which they were held; a qualitative study of the ‘migrations’ experienced during imprisonment; and a critical discourse analysis of prison privatization debates. Dr. Mitchelson is also currently co-editing (with Drs. Jenna Loyd and Andrew Burridge) the Beyond Walls and Cages book project, which documents and analyzes the convergence of contemporary penal and migration policies. Dr. Mitchelson earned a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography (2010), and an M.A. from the Department of Geography at East Carolina University (2005). Dr. Mitchelson also earned a degree in Finance from the University of Kentucky (2001), and worked for two years at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, before beginning his formal geographic training.

Program Members

Ingram, Uli
Mitchelson, Matthew
Patterson, Mark
Pullen, Nancy
Suther, Bradley
Tu, Jun