Jonathan Davis

Ph.D. Geography
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


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,, 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

Research Interests

Jonathan enjoys participating in interdisciplinary research efforts. His research interests fall within: 

  • Geodesign
  • American Indian Community Planning
  • Public participation
  • Spatial Analysis
  • GIScience
  • Resiliency & Sustainability
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Historical GIS
  • Evaluation Methodologies
  • American Diplomatic History

Research Activity

  • Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
    • Geographic Information Systems Fellow (2014-2015)
  • Department of State: Office of Historian & Peace Corp
    • Virtual Student Foreign Service Intern (2013-2014 & 2015-2016)
  •  Arizona State University- Decision Theater
    • Mapstory Research Assistant- Digital Storyteller (2013-2014)
  • Costco Wholesale - Sunshine Brooks Scholar (2009-2011)


  • “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. 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




Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
PUP 410 Public Participation Planning
PUP 424 Planning Methods
PUP 494 Special Topics
AIS 494 Special Topics
PUP 598 Special Topics
AIS 598 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
PUP 494 Special Topics
GIS 494 Special Topics
PUP 598 Special Topics
GIS 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GCU 102 Introduction Human Geography