Luc Anselin

Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology and the College, Director, Center for Spatial Data Science, Senior Fellow, NORC; Executive Committee Member, Masters in Computational Social Science Program


Luc Anselin, is a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago in the Academic Research Centers. An expert in spatial econometrics, Anselin is currently Regents' Professor, Walter Isard Chair, and was the founding director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. He previously held appointments at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the University of Texas at Dallas; West Virginia University; the University of California, Santa Barbara; and the Ohio State University.

Anselin's focus in the analysis of spatial data (i.e., data containing a specific location) ranging from exploration to visualization and modeling. Anselin looks at the development of appropriate methods, their implementation in open source software and application in empirical studies. Specific application fields include environmental and natural resource economics, real estate economics, economics of innovation, criminology, public health, electoral studies and international relations.

Anselin is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an elected fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. In 2006, Anselin received the prestigious Alonso Memorial Prize for Innovative Work in Regional Science. He is an honored recipient of the 2005 Walter Isard Award.

Anselin’s publications include many hundreds of articles and several edited books in the fields of quantitative geography, regional science, geographic information science, econometrics, economics, and computer science.