I am Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I’m an economic geographer whose research focuses on the nexus of regional economic development and new forms of capitalist production. More broadly, the common theme of technology undergirds and connects my research on labor market dynamics during industrial restructuring, geographies of urban inequality, and political ecology. Methodologically, I seek to combine advanced quantitative methods, critical GIS, and qualitative research.
As an economic geographer, my research spans the fields of planning, geography and science, technology and society. I currently split my overarching research interests across three broad projects -- all connected through economic geography, labor and technology. My dissertation research focuses on the expression of value in capitalist production. Specifically, my research focuses on the place-specific software production processes among different regions and the relationship between different software agglomerations (industry/firms/workers) and broad-based economic development, prosperity and inequality. More broadly, my research focuses on the regional socio-industrial re/configurations under cognitive-cultural capitalism. See more under research.
Selected Recent Publications
Thatcher, Jim, David O’Sullivan and Dillon Mahmoudi. 2016. “Data Colonialism through Accumulation by Dispossession: New metaphors for daily data.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 34 (6): 990–1006. doi:10.1177/0263775816633195
Mahmoudi, Dillon, and Anthony Levenda. 2016. “Beyond the Screen: Uneven Geographies, Digital Labour, and the City of Cognitive-Cultural Capitalism.” tripleC: Communication, Capital and Critique 14 (1) (February): 99-120. Permalink
Cortright, Joseph, and Dillon Mahmoudi. April 2016. “The Storefront Index.” City Observatory.
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Project collaborator with Preservation Green Lab. May 2014. "Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring how the character of buildings and blocks influences urban vitality." National Trust for Historic Preservation.