Jessica Breen

PhD Candidate in Geography

University of Kentucky


Jessica Breen is a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include digital geographies, urban geography, critical mapping and GIS, and civic engagement. She is a fellow with the New Mappings Collaboratory and a research assistant for The Food Connection, both at the University of Kentucky.


  • Digital Geographies
  • Urban Geography
  • Critical Mapping and GIS
  • Civic Engagement


  • PhD Candidate in Geography

    University of Kentucky

  • MS in Environmental Studies

    College of Charleston

  • BA in Political Science

    University of South Carolina

Selected Publications

(2019). Expanding Cartographic Practices in the Social Sciences. In The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods, 2nd Ed. L Pauwels & D Mannay, Eds. SAGE Publications.

(2019). Public Laboratory: Play and civic engagement. In The Playful Citizen: Civic Engagement in a Mediatized Culture. R Glas, S Lammes, M de Lange, J Raessens, & I de Vries, Eds. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

(2017). (Micro)movements and microbrew: On craft beer, tourism trails, and material transformation(s) in the city. In Beers, Ciders and Spirits: Craft Beverages and Tourism in the United States. C Kline, S L Slocum, & C Cavaliere, Eds. New York, NY: Palgrave.

(2017). Mashup. In The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. D RIchardson, N Castree, M Goodchild, W Liu, A Kobayashi, & R Marston, Eds. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/AAG.

(2016). No (Back)Sliding: Amenity Migration, Viewsheds, and Contesting Steep Slope Ordinances in Western North Carolina. In A Comparative Politicial Ecology of Exurbia. L Taylor and P Hurley, Eds. Springer.

(2016). Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). In Encyclopedia of GIS, 2nd Ed. Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong and Xun Zhou, Eds. Springer.

(2013). Civic, Citizen and Grassroots Science: Towards a Transformative Scientific Research Model. In Accountability Technologies: Tools for Asking Hard Questions. D Offenhuber and K Schechtner, Eds. Vienna: Ambra Verlag.

(2013). Democratizing Environmental Research. In Enabling City: enhancing creative community resilience. Vol. 2., ed. C Camponeschi.