David C. Folch
Assistant Professor of Geography
Ph.D. Geography. Arizona State University
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Research Interest

Spatial Analysis
Urban Analytics
Neighborhood Change

Research Activities

-Methods for reducing uncertainty in American Community Survey small area estimates
-Effects of local context on social and economic outcomes
-Reliability of social media data for urban decision making
-Measurement of social vulnerability to natural hazards


Ph.D. Geography. Arizona State University

M.A. Economics. George Washington University

B.S. Economics. Arizona State University

Courses Taught

GEO5934 GIS Programming
GEO5934 Smart Cities
GEO5934 Spatial Data Structures and Algorithms
GIS4043/GIS5101 Introduction to GIS
GIS5106 Advanced GIScience

Selected Papers and Publications

Alex Singleton, Seth E. Spielman, and David C. Folch. Urban Analytics. Sage, 2018.

David C. Folch, Seth E. Spielman, and Robert Manduca. Fast food data: Where user generated content works and where it does not. Geographical Analysis.

David C. Folch, Daniel Arribas-Bel, Julia Koschinsky, and Seth E. Spielman. Spatial variation in the quality of American Community Survey estimates. Demography, 53(5):1535–1554, 2016.

David C. Folch and Sergio J. Rey. The centralization index: A measure of local spatial segregation. Papers in Regional Science, 2016.

Seth E. Spielman and David C. Folch. Reducing uncertainty in the American Community Survey through data-driven regionalization. PLoS ONE, 10(2), 2015.

Awards and Honors

Statistical Partnerships Among Academe

Industry and Government Award

The American Statistical Association