New Software

My R package areal, which implements a reproducible workflow for areal weighted interpolation, has been released on CRAN. This is a joint effort with SLU senior Charlie Revord.

Package Website

Selected Publications

selection of recent work

As part of a larger project to understand the relative health and disorder of St. Louis City neighborhoods, this paper presents estimates of vacancy that are considerably higher than previously published ones. We find vacancy to be heavily clustered in the city’s disinvested and segregated North side, a phenomenon we term ‘urban prairie’. We also identify both long-term population loss since 1970 and the proportion of African American residents as significant covariates associated with the amount of urban prairie land per neighborhood.
In Journal of Urban Affairs, 2018

Recent Publications

peer reviewed work

. The Double Stigma of Limited Literacy and Mental Illness: Examining Barriers to Recovery and Participation among Public Mental Health Service Users. In Society and Mental Health, 2017.

PDF Project

. Emergency medical services and 'psych calls': Examining the work of urban EMS providers. In American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2015.

PDF Project

. Movement Building and the United States Social Forum. In Social Movement Studies, 2014.


. The Need for Trauma-Sensitive Language Use in Literacy and Health Literacy Screening Instruments. In Journal of Health Communication, 2013.

PDF Project

. Dualism, Job Polarization, and the Social Construction of Precarious Work. In Work and Occupations, 2012.



recent talks and lectures

Coffee and Conversation - Street Barriers in St. Louis
Apr 10, 2018 4:00 PM
SLU DSS - Protecting Your Data Brownbag
Sep 6, 2017 2:00 PM
Closing the Gateway: Street Barriers as Public Policy in St. Louis, MO
Apr 21, 2017 2:00 PM


R packages

In addition to the R packages being developed as part of the SLU openGIS project, which are all focused on St. Louis data or on working with spatial data more generally, Chris also maintains a number of stand-alone R packages:


Project Website GitHub CRAN


Website GitHub


Website GitHub CRAN


research efforts



R package for drift correcting continuous water quality monitoring data

Detrimental Influences

Historic redlining, contemporary segregation, and health

Ecometric St. Louis

Vacancy, crime, neighborhood disorder, and street closures in St. Louis

Literacy and mental illness

Examining the effect of limited literacy on mental health service users


Multiple R packages for using data about St. Louis and curated spatial data

Urban EMS Work

Examining tensions and spatial patterns in urban ambulance work


student research team

Current Lab Members

Abby Curran (Sociology ‘19)
Ecometric St. Louis

Cree Foeller (Biomedical Engineering ‘19)
Ecometric St. Louis openGIS

Branson Fox (Sociology & GIS ‘20)
Ecometric St. Louis openGIS

Charlie Revord (Sociology & GIS ‘19)

Lab Alumni

Taylor Braswell (Sociology MA ‘17)

Ecometric St. Louis

Kyle Miller (Sociology & GIS ‘17)

Ecometric St. Louis

Jes Stevens (Sociology MA ‘18)

Ecometric St. Louis

Join the Lab

If you are a current SLU student interested in joining my research team, check out this short FAQ and then please send me an email!


courses and seminars

Current Fall 2018 Courses

Past and Future Courses

Other Teaching Activities


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