Collegiate Affiliation

Eric Shook is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Society at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. His research is focused on geospatial computing, which is situated at the intersection of geographic information science and computational science, with particular emphasis in the areas of cyberGIS, geoAI, and geospatial data science.

Overall, his research aims to advance geospatial computing through foundational research, which can be leveraged in novel applications ranging from research in human origins to analyzing risk perception of disease outbreak and extreme weather events using social media.

Dr. Shook teaches in the areas of geographic information science, geospatial computing, and cyberGIS. He is also leading the development of new curriculum models for geospatial computing and geospatial data science.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • B.S.: Computer Science, University of Northern Iowa, 2005
  • M.S.: Geography, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2010
  • Ph.D.: Geography, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2013


  • GIScience
  • Geospatial computing
  • GeoAI
  • Geospatial Data Science
  • Geospatial Education