Jacqueline Curtis

Jacqueline Curtis

Department of Geography
Associate Professor
Office Hours:
Fall 2017: To be announced in August 2017
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Dr. Jacqueline W. Curtis is Co-Director of the GIS | Health & Hazards Lab and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography. Dr. Curtis studies post-disaster recovery and derelict environments as they impact the health of women and children. Her current research focuses on the use of geospatial techniques in Health Impact Assessments (HIAs), and in understanding neighborhood environmental perception and Adverse Childhood Exposures (ACE).

Dr. Curtis holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Louisiana State University (LSU). She has served as a faculty member at LSU in the Disaster Science and Management Program, as well as in the Departments of Geography at the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University Long Beach (CSULB). She is an Editorial Board Member and former Book Review Editor for the journal, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS), as well as a recipient of the Association of American Geographers’ Meredith F. Burrill Award.

Recent Publications

  • Guest Co-Editor, Special Issue of ​Cartography and Geographic Information Science Journal (CaGIS)
    Special Issue on The Power of Mapping for Science in Primary and  Secondary Education (2017-2018)
  • Book Review Editor, Cartography and Geographic Information Science Journal (CaGIS) (2012)
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue of Cartography and Geographic Information Science Journal (CaGIS): Special Issue on Mapping Hazards and Disasters (2009-2010)
Books and Monographs
  • Curtis, A. and J. Mills. (2009) GIS, Human Geography and Disasters. San Diego: University Readers.
Articles in Refereed Journals
  • Curtis, J.W. (2017) Spatial distribution of child pedestrian injuries along census tract boundaries:Implications for identifying area-based correlates. PLoS ONE 12(6): e0179331. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179331 Available online: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0179331

  • Curtis, J.W. (2016) Transcribing from the Mind to the Map: Tracing the Evolution of a Concept. Geographical Review 106(3): 338-359.

  • Curtis, A., J.W. Curtis, L. Porter, E. Jefferis, and E. Shook. (2016) Context and Spatial Nuance inside a Neighborhood’s Drug Hotspot: Implications for the Crime-Health Nexus. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 106(4): 819-836.

  • Schuch, L., J.W. Curtis, A. Curtis, C. Hudson, H. Wuensch, M. Sampsell, M. Infantino, E. Wiles, and A.J. Davis. (2016) Breaking Out of Surveillance Silos: Integrative Geospatial Data Collection for Child Injury Risk & Active School Transport. Journal of Urban Health 93(1): 36-52.

  • Kennedy, S.W., A. Curtis, and ​J.W. Curtis.​ (2015) Historic Disease Data as Epidemiological  Resource: Searching for the Origin and Local Basic Reproduction Number of the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. ​Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105(5): 1-16.  
  • Curtis, A.,​ J.W. Curtis​, E. Shook, S. Smith, E. Jefferis, L. Porter, L. Schuch, C. Felix, and P. Kerndt.  (2015)​ ​Spatial Video Geonarratives and Health: Case Studies in Post-disaster Recovery, Crime, Mosquito control and TB in the Homeless. ​International Journal of Health Geographics
    ​ 14(22). DOI: 10.1186/s12942-015-0014-8 Available online: ​http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/content/14/1/22  
  • Curtis, J.W., E. Shiau, B. Lowery, D. Sloane, K. Hennigan, and A. Curtis. (2014) The Prospects and Problems for Integrating Sketch Maps with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Understand Environmental Perception: A Case Study of Mapping Youth Fear in Los Angeles Gang Neighborhoods. Environment and Planning B (advance online publication)
  • Curtis, J.W., A. Curtis, J. Mapes, A. Szell, and A. Cinderich. (2013). Using google Street View for Systematic Observation of the Built Environment: Analysis of Spatio-temporal Instability of Imagery Dates. International Journal of Health Geographics 12(53).
  • Curtis, J.W. (2012) Integrating GIS with Sketch Maps to Explore Fear of Crime in the Urban Environment: A Review of the Past and Prospects for the Future. Cartography and Geographic Information Science 39(4): 175-186.
  • Curtis, J.W., A. Curtis, and J. Upperman. (2012) Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Assess Pediatric Surge Potential after a Disaster. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 6: 163-169.
  • Curtis, A. and J.W. Mills. (2011) Crime in Urban Post-disaster Environments: A Methodological Framework from New Orleans. Urban Geography 32(4): 488-510.
  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, L. Augustin, and M. Cockburn. (2011) Confidentiality Risks in Fine Scale Aggregations of  Health Data. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 35(1): 57-64.
  • Curtis, A., B. Li, B. Marx, J.W. Mills, and J. Pine. (2011) A Multiple Additive Regression Tree Analysis of Three Exposure Measures during Hurricane Katrina: Implications for Recovery in Orleans Parish. Disasters 35(1): 19-35.
  • Mills, J.W., A. Curtis, B. Kennedy, S.W. Kennedy, J. Edwards. (2010) Geospatial Video for Field Data  Collection. Journal of Applied Geography 30(4): 533-547.
  • Mills, J.W. (2009) Spatial Decision Support in a Post-Disaster Environment: A Community-Focused Approach. Cartographica 44(1): 17-31.
  • Mills, J.W., A. Curtis, J.C. Pine, B. Kennedy, F. Jones, R. Ramani, and D. Bausch. (2008) The Clearinghouse Concept: A Model for Geospatial Data Centralization and Dissemination in a Disaster. Disasters 32(3): 467-479.
  • Mills, J.W. and A. Curtis. (2008) Geospatial Approaches for Disease Risk Communication in Marginalized Communities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 2(1): 61-72.
  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, and J.K. Blackburn. (2007) The Calculation of a Spatial Basic Reproduction Number for Yellow Fever in 1878 New Orleans. The Professional Geographer 59(4): 492-502.
  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, B. Kennedy, S. Fotheringham, and T. McCarthy. (2007) Understanding the Geography of Post-Traumatic Stress: An Academic Justification for Using a Spatial Video Acquisition System in the Response to Hurricane Katrina.  Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 15(4): 208-219.
  • Leitner, M., Mills, J.W. and A. Curtis. (2007) Can Novices to Geospatial Technology Compromise Spatial Confidentiality?  Kartographische Nachrichten 57 (2): 78-84.
  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, and M. Leitner. (2007) Katrina and Vulnerability: The Geography of Stress. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 18(2): 315-330.
  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, J.K. Blackburn, J.C. Pine, and B. Kennedy. (2006) Louisiana State University Geographic Information System Support of Hurricane Katrina Recovery Operations. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 24(2): 203-221.
  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, and M. Leitner. (2006) Spatial Confidentiality and GIS: Re-engineering Mortality Locations from Published Maps about Hurricane Katrina. International Journal of Health Geographics 5(44) (available online: http://www.ij-healthgeographics.com/content/5/1/44
  • Mills, J.W. and W.T. Mealor, Jr. (2003) Deltapine Revisited: the Metamorphosis of a Plantation.Southeastern Geographer 43(2): 241-256.
Book Chapters
  • Curtis, J.W. and A. Curtis. (2017) “GIS for Substance Abuse Research and Intervention” inVanGeest, J.B., T.P. Johnson, and S. Alegmano (eds) Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Substance Abuse. Berlin: Springer. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319559780

  • Curtis, J.W., A. Curtis, and J. Upperman. (2014) “Mapping pediatric surge potential after a disaster: Using geospatial techniques for hospital planning and preparedness” In Global Point-of-care Strategies for Disasters, Complex Emergencies, and Public Health Crises: Enhancing Standards of Care at the Site of Need. G.J. Kost and C.M. Curtis, eds. AACC Press. 

  • Curtis, A., J.W. Curtis, S.W. Kennedy, A. Kulkarni, and T.M. Tauer. (2013) “A Methodology for Assessing Dynamic Fine Scale Built Environments and Crime: A Case Study of the Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina” in Leitner, M. (ed.) Geotechnologies and the Environment. Berlin: Springer.

  • Curtis, A. and  J.W. Curtis. (2013) “Geographic Data Acquisition” in Boscoe, F.B. (ed.)Geographic Health Data: Fundamental Techniques for Analysis. Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK:CABI.

  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, T. McCarthy, A.S. Fotheringham, and W. Fagan. (2010) “Space and Time Changes in Neighborhood Recovery after a Disaster Using a Spatial Video Acquisition System” in Showalter, P. and Y. Lu (eds.) Geospatial Techniques in Urban Hazard and Disaster Analysis. Berlin: Springer.
  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, and M. Leitner. (2009) “Katrina and Vulnerability: The Geography of Stress” in Brennan, V. (ed). Natural Disasters and Public Health: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Mills, J.W. (2005) “Rural Health Issues and Their Investigation in a GIS Environment” in Curtis, A. and M. Leitner. Geographical Information Systems and Public Health: Eliminating Perinatal Disparity Hershey-London-Melbourne-Singapore-Beijing: IGI Press.
Other Significant Publications
  • Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, and M. Leitner. (2006) Keeping an eye on privacy issues with geospatial data. Nature 441: 7090 p150.
Please see the attached cv for a complete list of publications and other scholarly activities.


2005 Ph.D., Geography, Louisiana State University, 2001 M.A., Geography, University of Memphis, 2000 B.A., (magna cum laude), Geography, University of Memphis


Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geospatial Technologies, Natural Disasters, Built Environment, Maternal Child Health, Geospatial Technology, child injury, child trauma, health impact assessments, child health, Hazards

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative, Healthy Communities Research Initiative