Jia Feng

Assistant Professor
Portrait of Jia Feng


I am a human geographer with a research interest in migration, marginality, urban enclaves, and urban-rural connections. My research mainly looks at the recycling enclaves and the "informal" recycling business developed by rural-to-urban migrants in large Chinese cities. I also apply GIS, spatial data analysis, and statistical analysis in collaborating on various local-level projects such as Bikeshare programs and Box turtle movement analysis. I will be teaching GIS and GISci classes in the department and I am interested in working with students who'd like to apply or develop GIS methods for their projects.


  • Ph.D. Geography, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 2016
  • M.S. Statistics and Probability, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 2012
  • M.A. Geography, Miami University, Oxford, OH 2009
  • B.E. Nanjing University, Nanjing, China 2004

Courses taught

  • GEOG/GEOL 210: Introduction to Geotechnology
  • GEOG 405/605: GIS 1: Geographic Information Systems and Science
  • GEOG 407/607: Advanced GIS Analyses