Meet Our Team
Tony H. Grubesic is the College Professor of Policy Analytics and Director of CSRPA. His research and teaching interests are in geographic information science, regional development and public policy evaluation. Author of over 140 research publications, his recent work focuses on critical infrastructure vulnerability, broadband Internet deployment in the United States and air transportation systems. Grubesic is also an FAA certified commercial drone pilot. Tony's research has been funded by the National Academies of Science, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and many other state and federal agencies. Grubesic holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
Alyssa Whitby Chamberlain is an assistant professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a faculty affiliate with CSRPA. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in 2012. Prior to working at ASU, Alyssa was a research associate at the Urban Institute in the Justice Policy Center. Her research interests focus on neighborhood dynamics and crime, more specifically, the spatial and temporal relationship between neighborhood structural characteristics, social inequality and crime and how those factors shape how neighborhoods change over time.
Danielle Wallace is an associate professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and a faculty affiliate with CSRPA. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 2009. Dani researches neighborhoods and crime, health, and organizational capacity. Her work has been published in leading criminology journals like the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, as well as health journals like Social Science and Medicine.
Elisa Jayne Bienenstock is a research professor in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University and a faculty affiliate with CSRPA. She received her PhD from UCLA in Sociology in the area of Mathematical Sociology. Elisa's substantive area of specialization within sociology is social psychology, with emphasis on emergent properties of exchange. Her focus is applying formal models, such as social networks and game theory, to understand the relationships among elements of human interaction such as power, status, inequality, conflict, cooperation, coalition formation, reciprocity, and reputation.
Jorge Sefair is an assistant professor in the School of Computing, Informatics & Decision Systems Engineering and a faculty affiliate with CSRPA. He received his PhD in Industrial and System Engineering from the University of Florida in 2015. Jorge's current research focuses on the use of optimization techniques for the design of resilient systems that maintain a critical level of operation even under adverse uncertain circumstances. In particular, he is motivated by applications of operations research in environment, public policy, and urban planning.
Jake R. Nelson is a Colorado native and currently working on his Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy. He is broadly interested in GIS and its applications to risk analysis and public policy. He has worked with the Department of Energy since 2012 on the Ultra-Deepwater portfolio, developing spatio-temporal analytic tools for analyzing potential impacts emanating from simulated oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California, and the Gulf of Alaska. Nelson obtained a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Geography, both from Oregon State University.
Edward Helderop is currently working on his Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences. His main interests include GIScience, big data, and network analytics (particularly as applied to urban infrastructure systems). His previous research explored turnover and resiliency in plant-pollinator networks. Eddie received his B.S. in Biology from Hope College and his M.S. in Geography from Oregon State University.
Fangwu Wei is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, with a joint appointment in the Center for Spatial Reasoning & Policy Analytics. Fangwu received his Ph.D. in Information Studies from Drexel University in 2016. His research interests include GIScience, spatial analysis, transportation and geodesign.