Geography and Environmental Systems
Janet & Walter Sondheim Hall 211J
Ph D Portland State University 2017
Graduate Certificate Portland State University 2016
BS Georgia Institute of Technology 2006
I’ve always been interested in technology and cities. I’ve lived in 8 cities across 3 continents. During high school, I got an opportunity to work on the software side of the Microsoft Keyboards and Mice team in Redmond, Washington. After high school, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia taking a brief break to work on Microsoft’s .NET Framework in Dublin, Ireland. I then moved to Austin, Texas and worked on the eCommerce Team at National Instruments. In 2009, began graduate school in Urban Studies at Portland State University where I was a Research Associate at City Observatory. I moved to Baltimore in 2017 when I joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems as Assistant Professor.
My research follows the theme of mapping capital: economic geography, critical GIS and counter-mapping, urban studies, labor markets, digital geography, youth & carceral geographies
I currently teach a number of courses related to GIS, mapping, and economic geography:
- GES 330: Economic Geography
- GES 383: Statistical and Thematic Cartography
- GES 386/686: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- GES 486/687: Advanced Applications in Geographic Information Systems
- GES 488/688: Spatial Data Analysis and GIS Applications
- GES 700: Seminar in Geography – Logics of Capital: Witchcraft, Slavery, and Waged-Work.
Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research
Dillon, Mahmoudi (Co-Principal), Aufseeser, Dena E. (Co-Principal), Billo, Emily (Co-Principal), Hanrahan, Kelsey Hanrahan (Co-Principal). “Urban Geography Seminar Series Award,” Grant Sponsored By: Urban Geography Journal. (Apr 1, 2021 –
Fountain, Erika, Mahmoudi, Dillon. (2021). Mapping Juvenile Justice: Identifying Existing Structural Barriers to Accessing Probation Services. 1-2. 67 116-129 American Journal of Community Psychology.
Mahmoudi, Dillon, Levenda, Anthony M., Stehlin, John G. (2020). Political ecologies of platform urbanism. Urban Platforms and the Future City 40-52 Routledge.
Payne, Will, Knuth, Sarah, Mahmoudi, Dillon. (2020). Urban real estate technologies: genealogies, frontiers, & critiques. 8. 41 1033-1036 Urban Geography.
Mahmoudi, Dillon, Lubitow, Amy, Christensen, Mackenzie A. (2020). Reproducing spatial inequality? The sustainability fix and barriers to urban mobility in Portland, Oregon. 6. 41 801-822 Urban Geography.
Mahmoudi, Dillon. (2020). Critical Geographic Information System. International Encyclopedia of Human Geography 31-36 Elsevier.
Mahmoudi, Dillon. (2019). Silicon Forest and Server Farms: The (Urban) Nature of Digital Capitalism in the Pacific Northwest.. 18 Culture Machine.
Bhatt, Amy, Mahmoudi, Dillon. (2018). White men may be biggest winners when a city snags Amazon’s HQ2. The Conversation.
Thatcher, Jim, O’Sullivan, David, Mahmoudi, Dillon. (2016). Data colonialism through accumulation by dispossession: New metaphors for daily data. 6. 34 990-1006 Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
Powe, Michael, Mabry, Jonathan, Talen, Emily, Mahmoudi, Dillon. (2016). Jane Jacobs and the Value of Older, Smaller Buildings. 2. 82 167-180 Journal of the American Planning Association.
McClintock, Nathan, Mahmoudi, Dillon, Simpson, Michael, Santos, Jacinto Pereira. (2016). Socio-spatial differentiation in the Sustainable City: A mixed-methods assessment of residential gardens in metropolitan Portland, Oregon, USA. 148 1-16 Landscape and Urban Planning.
Levenda, Anthony, Mahmoudi, Dillon, Sussman, Gerald. (2014). The Neoliberal Politics of “Smart”: Electricity Consumption, Household Monitoring, and the Enterprise Form. 4. 40 615-636 Canadian Journal of Communication.