Faculty and Staff

Jin-Kyu Jung

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Associate Professor

B.A. Urban Engineering, 1999, Pusan National University, South Korea
M.U.P. Urban Planning, 2001, State University of New York at Buffalo
Ph.D. Geography, 2007, State University of New York at Buffalo

Office: UW2-226
Phone: 425-352-3724
Email: jkjung5@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


I still feel as much a student as a teacher, and I don’t think it will change at least soon. Being a teacher is a too big shoe to fill in for me as my other roles as a father of three girls, husband, son, friend and so on…However, one thing I believe important is to maintain a lively, engaging, and fairly challenging teaching atmosphere in the classroom. Yes, it is true that teaching always brought new challenges and opportunities. In all my classes, I emphasize a solid grounding in both theoretical approaches and practical methodologies, in active learning and engagement, and aim for understanding over memorization. I support student diversity in the classroom by structuring my courses to reach diverse interests, experiences, and embodiments, and by mentoring students in and outside of class. In my teaching, as in my research, I am committed to optimizing the presence and participation of those most likely to be absent or silenced in critical space. This also leads me to my particular interest in community-based learning and research (CBLR) and participatory research. Most importantly, both teachers and students should learn from each other, and they always need mutual respect. I cannot wait to learn more in the classroom ‘with’ and ‘from’ students. 

Recent Courses Taught

BIS 218 The Power of Maps
BIS 314 Creative Geovisualization
BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems
BIS 343 Geographic Visualization
BIS 352 Mapping Communities
BIS 406/BPOLST593 Urban Planning and Geography
BIS 489 Summer Exploration Seminar (Co-lead with Dr. Santiago Lopez)


I am an urban geographer/planner who has a theoretical and practical expertise in Geographic Information Sciences (GISci) and a mixed-methods approach. On the one hand, I continuously explore the importance of politics and power as well as the complexities of race, class, and gender in cities, and ask how the shaping of these categories effectively complicates urban geographical knowledge. On the other hand, I focus on discussing new ways to expand the qualitative capabilities of GIS and geographic visualization. I have tried to develop novel methodologies that incorporate qualitative data and analysis techniques in GIS environments, and demonstrate the substantive insights made possible through these methods, when applied in research on children’s geographies, perceptions of community, and urban poverty and inequality. Much of this work has drawn on research I conducted in inner city Buffalo, NY, and more recently from research in Seattle, WA. I hope my research offers geographers and interdisciplinary scholars key innovations in digital technologies and epistemologies that integrate different forms of data and representation, and analysis often seen as incompatible: quantitative and qualitative, visuality and numeracy, maps and text, artistic and scientific. Applying digital innovations in grounded community-based research, I would like to show how this integrated approach generates stronger and more ‘nuanced’ geographical insights than are possible within singular epistemological/methodological framework.

Recent Publications

Jung, J.-K. and C. Anderson. forthcoming. Extending the conversation on socially engaged geographic visualization: representing spatial inequality in Buffalo, New York. Urban Geography. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2016.1184854

Jung, J.-K. and T. Hiebert. 2016. Imag(in)ing Everyday Geographies: A Case Study of Andrew Buckles’ Why Wait? Project. GeoJournal. 81(4): 597-614 DOI: 10.1007/s10708-015-9638-2

Frazier, T., and J.-K. Jung. 2016. A Mixed-Methods Exploration of the Relationship Between Crime and Community Gardens: A Case Study of Seattle's P-Patches from 1996 to 2006. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Vol.8, Article 4. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7710/2168-0620.1067

Jung, J.-K. 2015. Community Through The Eyes of Children: Blending Child-Centered Research and Qualitative Geovisualization. Children’s Geographies. 13(6): 722-740.

Jung, J.-K. 2015. Code Clouds: Qualitative Geovisualization of Geotweets. The Canadian Geographer, 59(1): 52-68.

Jung, J.-K. 2014. Children’s Urban Geographies and Child-Centered Approach: Review and Reflections. Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers, 3(2): 157-172.

Jung, J.-K. 2013. Critical GIS Twenty Years After Friday Harbor Meeting: Critical Intervention to Epistemology, Ontology, Methodology, and the Social Implications of GIS. Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers 2(2): 199-215.

Jung, J.-K. 2011. Participatory and Collaborative Geovisaulization in the Masten District Neighborhood Planning Process in Buffalo, New York: Making Geovisualization Together. Journal of the Korean Cartographic Association 11(3): 35-51.

Gjesfjeld, Christopher D. and J.-K. Jung. 2011. How Far?: Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to Examine Maternity Care Access for Expectant Mothers in a Rural State. Social Work in Health Care 50:682-693.

Oh, Gunwha and J.-K. Jung. 2011. Geovisualizing Children’s Transport Exclusion: Children’s Afterschool Activity Opportunities in the Buffalo Metropolitan Area, New York. Journal of the Korean Cartographic Association 11(1): 61-71.

Jung, J.-K. and S. Elwood. 2010. Extending the qualitative capabilities of GIS: Computer-Aided Qualitative GIS. Transactions in GIS 14(1): 63-87


Jung, J.-K. 2009. Computer-Aided Qualitative GIS: A Software level Integration of Qualitative Research and GIS. In Qualitative GIS: A Mixed Methods Approach, eds. M. Cope and S. Elwood: SAGE Publications: 115-135.