Haifeng (Charlie) Zhang, Ph.D.


I am an urban geographer with research interests in urban crime, race/ethnicity, social and environmental inequalities, education issues (e.g., school segregation and parental choice), political redistricting, GIS and spatial statistical methods. Currently, I am working on research projects in the following fields: (1) Housing foreclosure and neighborhood crime, (2) Political elections and redistricting and (3) Spatial segregation and student placement plans in Americas metropolitan areas.

The courses I have been teaching at University of Louisville include: Urban Geography, Geography of Urban Issues, Population Geography, Human Geography; GIS and Urban Demographics, Spatial Data Analysis and Modeling, and Spatial Statistics. I have also taught Raster GIS, Intro to Urban Planning, Urban Geography: Race and Place, and East Asia Geography at Binghamton University (2006-7).


Zhang, H. and Song, W. 2013. Addressing issues of spatial spillover effects and non-stationarity in spatial analysis of residential burglary crime, GeoJournal, DOI 10.1007/s10708-013-9481-2.

Zhang, H. and Walker, M. 2012. School segregation in Jefferson County and the affiliated Louisville metropolitan area, Journal of Maps, 8(4): 379-385.

Zhang, H., Suresh, G., and Qiu, Y. 2012. Issues in the aggregation and spatial analysis of neighborhood crime. Annals of GIS, 18(3): 173-183.

Zhang, H. 2011. School desegregation and white flight revisited: A spatial analysis from a metropolitan perspective. Urban Geography, 32(8): 1-15.

Belcher, T. and Zhang, H. and 2011. A geospatial approach to the analysis of residential segregation in Louisville, Kentucky. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 34:72-80.

Zhang, H. Cowen, D., Anderson, L., and Mitchell, L. 2010. A geographic analysis of public-private school choice in South Carolina, USA. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research, 1(4): 1-15.

Zhang, H. and Cowen, D. J. 2009. Mapping academic achievement and public school choice under the No Child Left Behind legislation. Southeastern Geographer, 49(1): 24-40.

Zhang, H. 2008. White flight in the context of education: Evidence from South Carolina. Journal of Geography, 107: 236-245.

Zhang, H. and Peterson, M. P. 2007. A spatial analysis of neighborhood crime in Omaha, Nebraska using alternative measures of crime rates. The Internet Journal of Criminology.

Zhang, H. 2007. Visualization of public and private school choice using synchronized
parallel coordinate plot (PCP) approach. Papers of the Applied Geography Conferences, 30: 177-186.


Zhang, H. Book Review of Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies, edited by Michael Leitner. Springer, 2013. Geographical Bulletin (Accepted).

Zhang, H. Housing foreclosures, negative ripple effects, and neighborhood crime (In preparation for Applied Geography).

Zhang, H. Political segregation and regionalization in a metropolitan context (In preparation for Political Geography)

Zhang, H. School integration and geographical principles: Creating compact and contiguous school attendance clusters (In preparation for Transactions in GIS).

Zhang, H. Examining school and residential segregation in metropolitan contexts: A GIS-
based spatial approach (In preparation for Population, Space and Place).


2013. School desegregation and geographical principles: Creating geographically compact and contiguous public school attendance clusters. Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, April 9-13, Los Angeles.

2012. A multi-perspective examination of school segregation in the Louisville metropolitan area. The VI Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference, Puerto Rico, October 24-26.

2012. Applications of GIS and Spatial statistics in urban research, Invited presentation at the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Louisville, March 2.

2012. Spatial analysis of housing foreclosure and residential burglary crime, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, February 24-28, New York City.

2011. Spatial dependence between housing foreclosure and residential burglary crime, invited by Eleventh Crime Mapping Research Conference, October 19-21, Miami, FL.

2011. Belcher, T. and Zhang, H., and A geospatial approach to the analysis of residential segregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 34thth Annual Applied Geography Conferences, October 19-22, Redlands, CA.

2011. Neighborhood analysis of robbery in Louisville, KY: Applying a spatial measure. Crime and Justice Summer Research Institute, July 28-29, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

2010. Mapping school segregation in the Louisville metropolis, KY-IN. Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference (V). October, Binghamton, NY.

2010. Spatial clustering of robbery victimization: Does race really matter? The Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April, 2010, Washington, DC.