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David C. Folch


I am an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Florida State University.  I completed my PhD in Geography at Arizona State University in 2012. From 2012-2014 I was a postdoc at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder working on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project investigating spatial aspects of uncertainty in the American Community Survey (ACS).

My research focuses on spatial analytical methods, with a contextual focus on U.S. cities. My dissertation presents a new method for the measurement of local scale segregation. I continue to work on approaches for understanding and improving the demographic data on which so many  decisions rely. I am especially interested in the social and environmental contexts in which people are embedded, and how these can affect long run outcomes. The increasing availability of new (“big”) data opens the door to many new ways to understand both individuals and their context.

My approach to research sits at the intersection of geography, economics and computer science.  I merge geographic and economic approaches with high performance computing to address research questions with distinctly spatial manifestations. My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Institute of Education Sciences.


  • Address: Tallahassee, Florida
  • Email: david@davidfolch.org