James Wilson

Research Emphasis

Geography of Health and Population, Rural and Historical

Specific Research Endeavors

My primary research focuses on using geographic tools for exploring, describing and modeling problems in public and environmental health. Much of this research has been based on vital statistics and census data, but I have been increasingly involved in collaborative work in the areas of soil, water and air contamination and pollution, as well as modeling the impact of natural hazards like tropical storm surges on vulnerable coastal populations. Other research interests and work include the geographic analysis of health services delivery, health behaviors, risk, disparities, mortality and morbidity outcomes, sanitation, biotoxin exposures and infectious disease epidemics.

Frequently Taught Courses

GEOG 253: Environment & Society
GEOG 256/556: Maps and Mapping
GEOG 432: The Geography of Health
GEOG 532: The Geography of Health
GEOG 498E/790E: Geography Seminar

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Stegink-Jansen, C., Collins, P., Lindsey, R., Wilson, J. (2017). A Geographical Workforce Analysis of Hand Therapy in Relation to Population Characteristics. Journal of Hand Therapy. 30(4): 393-396.e1. Oct. – Dec. 2017.

Patel, D., Shibata, T., Wilson, J., Maidin, A. (2016). Challenges in Evaluating PM Concentration Levels, Commuting Exposure, and Mask Efficacy in Reducing PM Exposures in Growing Urban Communities in a Developing Country, Science of the Total Environment. 543:416-424, Feb. 2016.

Shibata, T., Wilson, J., Watson, L., Nikitin, I., Ansariadi, Ane R.L., Maidin, A. (2015). Life in a Landfill Slum, Children’s Health, and the Millennium Development Goals. Science of the Total Environment. 536:408-418, Nov. 2015.

Wilson, J., Neuffer, E. (2015). Estimating Medically Fragile Population Exposures to Tropical Storm Surges. International Journal of Geospatial and Environmental Research. 2(1) Geospatial Analysis of Disasters and Hazards, article 1.

Shibata, T., Wilson, J.L., Watson, L., LeDuc, A., Meng, C., Ansariadi, Ane R.L., Syamsuar. M., Maidin, A. (2014) Childhood Acute Respiratory Infections and Household Environment in an Eastern Indonesian Urban Setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 12/2014; 11(12):12190-12203.

Watson, L., Shibata, T., Ansariadi, Maidin, A., Nikitin, I., Wilson, J. (2014). Understanding modifiable risk factors associated with childhood diarrhea in an eastern Indonesian urban setting International Journal of Health Promotion and Education. 09/2014; DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2014.951491.

Wilson, J., Little, R., Novick, L. (2013). Estimating Medically Fragile Populations Living in Storm Surge Zones. Journal of Emergency Management, 11(1), 9-24. www.emergencymanagementjournal.com

Mitchell, J., Wilson, J. (2011). Topography, Culture Areas, and Integration of Retired Migrants in a Coastal North Carolina County. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 30(2), 159-172.

Wilson, J., Mansfield, C. J. (2010). Disease, Death, and the Body Politic: An Areal Interpolation Example for Political Epidemiology. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 1(3): 49-68.

Book Chapters

Wilson, J., Borre, K. Accessing and Using Secondary Quantitative Data from the Internet (2017). In J Brett and J Chrzan (eds.) Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition. Brooklyn, New York: Berghahn Books.

Borre, K, Wilson, J. Using Secondary Data in Nutritional Anthropology Research: Enhancing Ethnographic and Formative Research (2017). In J Brett and J Chrzan (eds.) Research Methods for Anthropological Studies of Food and Nutrition. Brooklyn, New York: Berghahn Books.

Wilson, J., Christopher, M. (2012). Disease, Death, and the Body Politic: an Areal Interpolation Example for Political Epidemiology, in D Albert (ed.), Geospatial Technologies and Advancing Geographic Decision Making: Issues and Trends. pp. 253-272. IGI Global.

James Wilson

Associate Professor

Office: Davis Hall 219E


Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Contact Us

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Davis Hall, Room 312

815-753-0631 (undergraduate)
815-753-1943 (graduate)

815-753-1945 (fax)

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