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Jonathan Davis was born and raised in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. He orginally attended Polytechnic of NYU as both an NCAA basketball player and an Honors college student. He completed his undergraduate degree at Liberty University earning both a Masters and Bachelors in History before returning home to Arizona. He has since earned a MAS in GIS from Arizona State University. In his professional work he provides GIS technical support in public health, resource management, emergency services, and community planning for American Indian communities in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada.
He enjoys converting history into stories that can be portrayed spatially. His efforts in digital storytelling relating to political history have been featured in the Washington Post, Pew Research Center, Vox.com, Business Insider, and USA Today. At home he is a father of 2 and enjoys playing baskeball, practicing Krav Maga, and exploring Arizona when time permits.
2011 - B.S. (History) Liberty University
2013 - M.A. (History) Liberty University
2014 - M.A.S. (Geographic Information Systems) Arizona State University
Jonathan enjoys participating in interdisciplinary research efforts. His research interests fall within:
“Planning in American Indian Communities Through Geodesign” Wandering Stories Arizona State University & American Planning Association, November 31, 2017.
“Sustainable Community Planning Through Geodesign: Empowering Communities to Plan for a Sustainable Future” Western Navajo Agency Chapters: Sustainability & Resilience Summit 2017, August 30, 2017.
“Geodesign and Community Land Use Planning” Navajo Governance Conference, March 1, 2017.
"Evaluating effective vendor service areas for the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Clients in Arizona using Geographic Information System" American Public Health Association (APHA) National Conference, November 1, 2015.
“Using GIS to Assess Biohazard Sites Near Tribal Lands: Biosolid use in Yuma, AZ” National Tribal GIS Conference, November 18, 2015.
“Analyzing Vehicle Crashes on Arizona Tribal Lands 1997-2013” National Tribal GIS Conference, November 19, 2015.
“GIS and Tribal Epidemiology” 2015 Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Other Insect and Animal Borne Diseases Statewide Workshop. Arizona Department of Health Services, February 2015
“Telling Stories Through Creative Technology” Arizona State University’s 2014 Humanities Lecture Series. https://asunews.asu.edu/20141009-creative-stories October 2014.
“The Battle For Britain: Confederate Propaganda and the Shackles of Southern Ideology” Liberty University, April 2013.
“Leadership and Succession in the Ministry of Economic Warfare” Christopher Newport University, February 2013.
“Hamilton and Morris: The Debt of a Rebellion” Lynchburg College, February 2012.
Digital Storytelling Example
Washington Post- The WonkBlog