Faculty and Staff

Jin-Kyu Jung

Assistant Professor

B.A. Urban Engineering, 1999, Busan 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@u.washington.edu
Website: http://faculty.washington.edu/jkjung5/
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. In order to carry out this goal, I have developed a few key principles that guide my curriculum and classroom practices. First of all, students need solid foundation in both theoretical roots and practical methodologies to answer the questions related to the subject. Second, students need ‘understanding’ rather than just memorizing, achieved by developing their own analytical thinking. Third, students’ participation and contribution should be essential part of learning process. Fourth, students’ knowledge they learn in the classroom can be most fruitful when it is connected to the real world example. This leads me to my particular interest in community-based learning and research (CBLR) and participatory research. Finally, and 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 342 Geographic Information Systems
BIS 343 Geographic Visualization
BIS 352 Mapping Communities
BIS 406 Urban Planning and Geography
BIS 489 Exploration Seminar (co-lead w/ 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. The charm of GIScience lies in its broad, flexible, modern, and interdisciplinary agenda of researching and using geographic information. My key research is particularly focused on qualitative GIS and qualitative geovisualization. Qualitative GIS, particularly, ‘Computer-Aided Qualitative GIS’ (CAQ-GIS), is an approach that I developed for storing and analyzing qualitative, quantitative, and geovisual data in both GIS and computer-aided qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) as a way of integrating GIS and qualitative data and research. My recent research has been expanded from qualitative GIS to qualitative geovisualization, which intersects qualitative data and research with geovisualization beyond a computer-based GIS (e.g. qualitative geovisualization of geotweets, qualitative and affective visual meaning-making with children). I see myself continuing to work with qualitative GIS and qualitative geovisualization as an analytical framework to study diverse critical, often controversial, urban issues. I also believe the recent development of more accessible, critical, and user-friendly forms of qualitative GIS and geovisualization will allow us a more ‘popular’ and ‘nuanced’ engagement with analysis and representation of local places, people, and their everyday lives. 

Recent Publications

Jung, J.-K. forthcoming. Community Through The Eyes of Children: Blending Child-Centered Research and Qualitative Geovisualization. Children’s Geographies

Jung, J.-K. forthcoming. Code Clouds: Qualitative Geovisualization of Geotweets. The Canadian Geographer

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