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Jacqueline Curtis

Assistant Professor

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.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities



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., 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:

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, 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.

Book Reviews

Mills. J.W. (2008) Geospatial Analysis: A Comprehensive Guide to Principles, Techniques, and Software Tools, 2nd edition by Michael J. de Smith, Michael F. Goodchild, and Paul A. Longley. Transactions in GIS 12(5): 645-647.


Mills, J.W., A. Curtis, W. Fagan, C. Core. (2008) The Spatial Video Acquisition System as an Approach to Capturing Damage and Recovery Data After a Disaster: A Case Study from the Super Tuesday Tornadoes. Quick Response Report. University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center Quick Response Reports. Available online:

Mills, J.W. and A. Curtis. (2006) Technology to Empower the Impacted: Some Routes to Recovery. White Paper for the Rebuilding New Orleans Conference. September 24-27. New Orleans, Louisiana. Available online:

Curtis, A., J.W. Mills, J.K. Blackburn, and J.C. Pine. (2006) Hurricane Katrina: GIS Response for a Major Metropolitan Area. Quick Response Report #180. University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center Quick Response Reports. Available online:


Mills, J.W. (2010) Introduction to the Special Issue on Mapping Hazards and Disasters. Guest Editorial in Cartography and Geographic Information Science 37(1): 5-6.

Mills, J.W. (2008) Understanding Disaster: GI Science Contributions to the Ongoing Recovery from Katrina. Guest Editorial in Transactions in GIS 12(1): 1-4.

Articles in Non-refereed Professional Journals

Boyd, K.A. and J.W. Mills. (2007) GIS Applications during Response to Hurricane Katrina: Small, Local Government and State Government Experiences. Directions Magazine.  Available online:

Jacqueline Curtis
Department of Geography

Spring 2015: 12.30pm - 2.30pm, MW, 437 McGilvrey Hall

Phone: 330-672-2045
Spring 2015
  • GEOG 40191 - 001 Seminar In Geography
  • GEOG 49078 - 001 Gis And Hazards
  • GEOG 59078 - 001 Gis And Hazards
  • GEOG 79078 - 001 Gis And Hazards
Summer 2015
  • GEOG 40192 - 001 Practicum In Geography
  • GEOG 46092 - 001 Internship Geography And Plan
  • GEOG 79195 - 001 St : Gis Individual Investigati
Fall 2015
  • US 10097 - 051 Dks : First Year Experience
  • GEOG 49075 - 001 Gis Urban And Economic Apps
  • GEOG 59075 - 001 Gis Urban And Economic Apps
  • GEOG 79075 - 001 Gis Urban And Economic Apps