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Opportunities for Graduate Study in Digital Geographies

Department of Geography, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY USA

Opportunities for Graduate Study in Digital Geographies

We are seeking graduate students interested in digital geographies to join the Geography program at the University of Kentucky. While we are open to applicants in all areas of geography we are particular focused on students whose interests overlap with faculty expertise. This includes critical GIS and mapping, digital economies and fintech, big data practices, creative coding, smart urbanism, algorithmic governance, and co-production of race, gender, sexuality, and/or disability online and beyond. We particularly encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups.


University of Kentucky faculty engaged in digital geographies research include Jack Gieseking, Nick Lally, Matthew Wilson and Matthew Zook are among the world’s foremost scholars in this exciting new field. Please see the the links above for a full listing of their interests and work. More details about the graduate program are available at or by emailing Matthew Zook ( Students may be interested in completing graduate certificates in social theory from the Committee on Social Theory or in digital mapping from New Maps Plus. Funding for graduate students is available and comes in the form of TAships and fellowships that cover tuition and provide living stipends and healthcare.

The University of Kentucky has a distinguished history of research and educational achievement as the state's premier university. Set within the context of a traditional land grant research institution, the Department of Geography is very proud of its successes in graduate education over the years. The Department of Geography has been identified as one of the top twenty academic programs at the University of Kentucky and, as part of a state effort to identify and enhance top research and graduate programs, has been designated a Research Challenge Trust Fund (RCTF) program. With 21 regular faculty members and several adjunct and affiliated faculty members, and nearly 60 graduate students, the Department is academic home to a broad range of geographers. Our research clusters indicate the diversity of faculty research activities. Our Graduate program is central to departmental life and a key reason for the high profile we enjoy nationally and internationally for quality geographic research.


The deadline for applications is January 15, 2019 and details on the application process are at