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About Me

I'm a PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Kentucky. I'm also a fellow with the New Mappings Collaboratory and the research assistant for Mapshop. In my spare time, I'm a volunteer at Broke Spoke, Lexington's community bike shop, and I co-organize MaptimeLEX.

Research Interests

My primary interests can be summed up as art, code, maps, and cities, and my research endeavors to combine those four things to varying degrees of success. My dissertation research examines the role that art plays in urban creative placemaking efforts using Lexington, KY as a case study. I'm looking at the work that art is asked to do, compared to the work that it actually does, and tracking the networks through which certain creative placemaking projects move from city to city.

Map Work

I make a lot of maps. You can see some of the work I've done with Mapshop in our online portfolio. My current focus is on digital maps, but I also do print and hand-drawn work. I'm available for hire!



Zook, M, and J Breen. 2016. Mashup, in The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, D. RIchardson, N. Castree, M. Goodchild, W. Liu, A Kobayashi, & R. Marston, Eds. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley/AAG

Zook, M, and J Breen. 2016. Volunteered Geographic Information, in Encyclopedia of GIS, 2nd Ed. Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong and Xun Zhou, Eds. Springer.

Breen, J, P Hurley, and L Taylor. 2016. "No (Back)Sliding: Amenity Migration, Viewsheds, and Contesting Steep Slope Ordinances in Western North Carolina." In A Comparative Politicial Ecology of Exurbia. L Taylor and P Hurley, Eds. Springer.

Breen, J, S Dosemagen, J Warren, and M Lippincott. 2015. Mapping Grassroots: Geodata and the structure of community-led open environmental science. ACME: an International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(3), 849–873.

Blair, D, J Breen, S Dosemagen, M Lippincott and L Barry. 2013. “Civic, Citizen and Grassroots Science: Towards a Transformative Scientific Research Model.” In Accountability Technologies: Tools for Asking Hard Questions. D Offenhuber and K Schechtner, Eds. Vienna: Ambra Verlag.

Dosemagen, S, J Breen and D Blair. 2013. “Democratizing Environmental Research.” In Enabling City: enhancing creative community resilience. Vol. 2., ed. C. Camponeschi.


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