Luc Anselin

The Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor
Department of Sociology and the College

Luc Anselin’s research focuses on the development of statistical methods to analyze spatial data in which location, distance, and interaction are explicitly taken into account. He studies research questions in public health, criminology, and urban studies. He is also the developer of the original SpaceStat and GeoDa open source software packages. He directs the Center for Spatial Data Science, a joint initiative of the Division of the Social Sciences and the Computation Institute to advance computational and statistical methods of dealing with spatial data. In addition, Anselin serves as a senior fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago.

He is a leading expert in spatial econometrics and author of Spatial Econometrics: Methods and Models, as well as hundreds of articles on methods and applications of spatial data analysis. Anselin was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was a fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. His honors include the Walter Isard Award and the William Alonso Memorial Prize.

Anselin earned an MA and PhD in regional science from Cornell University. Previously, he was a Regents’ Professor and held the Walter Isard Chair at Arizona State University, where he also served as founding director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation.

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