Career highlights and education

Professional experience

Peer-reviewed journal publications

  • Quinn, S. and Tucker, D. (2017). How geopolitical conflict shapes the mass-produced online map. First Monday, 22(11). [HTML link to article]
  • Quinn, S., and MacEachren, A. (2017). A geovisual analytics exploration of the OpenStreetMap crowd. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 0(0), 1–16. [PDF (Author’s accepted version)]
  • Quinn, S. (2017). Using small cities to understand the crowd behind OpenStreetMap, GeoJournal, 82(3), 455-473. [PDF (Author’s accepted version)]
  • Quinn, S. (2016). A Geolinguistic Approach for Comprehending Local Influence in OpenStreetMap. Cartographica, 51(2), 67–83. [PDF (Author’s accepted version)]
  • Quinn, S., and Yapa, L. (2016). OpenStreetMap and food security: A case study in the city of Philadelphia, The Professional Geographer, 68(2), 271-280.
  • Nelson, J., Quinn, S., Swedberg, B., Chu, W., and MacEachren, A. (2015). Geovisual Analytics Approach to Exploring Public Political Discourse in Twitter, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 4(1), 337-366.
  • Quinn, S., and Gahegan, M. (2010). A predictive model for frequently viewed tiles in a web map. Transactions in GIS, 14(2), 193–216.

Refereed conference papers / abstracts

  • Quinn, S., and Robinson, A. C. (2015) Mapping student engagement in a massive open online course (MOOC). Presented at International Cartographic Conference 2015, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Quinn, S. (2014). Comparing VGI contributions across political units using geovisual analytics. Presented at GIScience 2014, Vienna, Austria. (Extended abstract)
  • Quinn, S. (2014). Open Web Mapping: An educational resource for creating online maps using free and open source software. Presented at FOSS4G 2014 (academic track), Portland, Oregon, USA. [Video of talk]


  • Ph.D. in Geography (2016) – Penn State University
  • Master of Geographic Information Systems (2009) – Penn State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Systems (2005) – Brigham Young University

Honors and awards

  • GeoForAll Global Educator of the Year, Individual Category, awarded by OSGeo (2015)
  • E. Willard Miller Award, Cartography category, awarded by Penn State Department of Geography (2015)
  • Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholarship, four-year full scholarship awarded by Brigham Young University (2000-2005)

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