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Thomas Veldman

Doctoral Student

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at Kent State University with primary research interests in the areas of Geographic Information Systems, Urban/Rural Food Environments, Urban Crime and Urban Health.

I am currently working as a research assistant for Dr. Xinyue Ye and for Dr. Andrew Curtis in the Health and Hazards Lab in the Department of Geography.  I've worked on research projects in Political Geography for Michigan State University from 2012-2013, and for the Food Access in Michigan Research project with the University of Michigan from 2012-2013. .


Ph.D. Geography, Kent State University, 2013 - present 

M.A. Geography (Geographic Information Systems), Western Michigan University, 2012  

B.S. Urban and Regional Planning, Michigan State University, 2005

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities



American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting (February 2012): New York City, NY. "A Perception Analysis of Downtown Residents: The City of Lansing, MI Food Desert in Context"

My work has been used in the following presentations:

Jackson-Elmoore, C. (2013). How Gender Impacts Who Gets to Influence Public Policy. 1st International Conference on Public Policy. Grenoble, France. June 28.

Jackson-Elmoore, C., Dell, K., Creed, E. and Kearsley, D. (2013). The Role of Women in Creating Access to the Public Policy Process. European Political Science Association Meeting, Barcelona, Spain. June 20.

Jackson-Elmoore, C. (2013). Politics Matters, Do Regions? Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association. Orlando, FL. January 5.


Association of American Geographers (2010-present)

Gamma Theta Upsilon – The International Geographic Honor Society (2011-present)

Thomas Veldman
Department of Geography