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Ashton Shortridge

Ashton Shortridge

Director of SSDA
Professor
Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Email: ashton@msu.edu

Dr. Ashton Shortridge's general interests are in the realm of geographic information science, spatial analysis, and health geography. I focus on five particular areas:
– digital representation of terrain
– spatial data uncertainty models
– error propagation and GIS
– digital geomorphology
– health geography

Yan Zhang

Yan Zhang

Associate Director of SSDA
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Email: yzh@msu.edu

Dr. Yan Zhang’s research has been devoted to advance the understanding of how urbanization affects precipitation in the urban environment with multiple cutting-edge observational tools and state-of-the-art regional numerical models.  She has been involved in interdisciplinary studies between electrical engineering, atmospheric sciences, and hydrology.  In addition to studies of the impact of environmental policies on urban air quality, Dr. Zhang is also interested in advancing her research on hydrometeorology in urban environment and weather extremes research into a social-economical-political context.

 

Affiliate Faculty

Benjamin Bushong

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Email: bbushong@msu.edu

His research focuses on the intersection of psychology and economics -- also known as behavioral economics.

Shahyar Minhas

Shahryar Minhas

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Email: minhassh@msu.edu

His research interests are network analysis, spatial statistics, conflict studies, political economy, and political institutions.

Constanza F. Schibber

Constanza F. Schibber

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Email: figuer62@msu.edu

Her research uses Bayesian statistics to uncover the effects of political institutions on elite and citizen behavior. She has a particular interest in latent variable models and the analysis of multilevel data structures.

 

Advisory Committee

Kyoo il Kim

Kyoo il Kim

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
Email: kyookim@msu.edu

His research interests are discrete choice demand, structural estimation, and sieve estimation.

Arika Ligmann-Zielinska

Arika Ligmann-Zielinska

Associate Professor
Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences
Email: ligmannz@msu.edu

Her research activities encompass a broad range of modeling approaches that capture the dynamic relationship between human decision making and natural systems, with an emphasis on land use change.

Taosheng Liu

Taosheng Liu

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Email: tsliu@msu.edu

His primary research interest is in visual selective attention.

Sandra Marquart-Pyatt

Sandra Marquart-Pyatt

Professor
Department of Sociology
Email: marqua41@msu.edu

Her research interests are environmental sociology, quantitative methodology, political sociology, and comparative social change.

Christopher Nye

Christopher Nye

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Email: nyechris@msu.edu

His research interests are organizational research methods, employee selection, and individual differences.

Corwin Smidt

Corwin Smidt

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Email: smidtc@msu.du

His research interest are American politics, campaigns and elections, public opinion, political parties, partisanship, presidential primaries, dynamic models (event history, time series, panel data), and Bayesian methods.

 

Former Director

Michael Colaresi