Assistant Professor of Geography
Xiang Chen joins UConn as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography. Chen earned a Ph.D. in geography at The Ohio State University. His research interests are focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and community health. He employs GIS instruments and transportation models to unveil socioeconomic inequalities and health repercussions as results of the lack of affordable, healthy food access in communities.
Q&A with Xiang Chen
What are your research interests?
My interests are focused on GIS, transportation, food access, and community health.
How did you become interested in this type of work?
I am always interested in understanding how the built environment shapes urban residents’ health status. Food access is part of the continuum that transitions this health influence.
What courses will you be teaching this year?
I am teaching Fundamentals of Spatial Database Systems in Fall 2019, and Spatial Big Data Analytics and Mobile GIS in Spring 2020.
What drew you to UConn?
I was drawn to UConn because of its global reputation in higher education and research. Specifically, the health research cluster InCHIP provides many opportunities for me as a geographer to collaborate with health research scientists. In addition, UConn’s proximity to big cities on the east coast makes it a desirable place to work and live.