Xining Yang

A photo of Xining Yang

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Science

Geography & Geology

140C Strong Hall


[email protected]


  • Ph.D., Department of Geography, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2015

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Xining Yang joined the Department of Geography and Geology at Eastern Michigan University in 2016. Trained as a geographer and information scientist, he received a B.E. from Wuhan University, China in 2008 and a M.S. from Eastern Michigan University in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in geography from Ohio State University in 2015.

Dr. Yang's research and teaching interests are in GIS, Spatial Analysis, Quantitative Methods, Data Science, Web-GIS, Health Geography, and Active Living. He has scientific publications in Applied Geography, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, Sustainability, International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research and Urban Remote Sensing. An updated publication list of Dr. Yang can be found on the google scholar page. His doctoral dissertation "Exploring the World with Volunteered Geographic Information: Space, Place and People" was featured in Columbus Monthly as one of the eight fascinating OSU doctoral dissertations reported by Columbus Monthly (media report).

Dr. Yang has been actively seeking to serve on academic, professional, and community committees from different levels with his passion and expertise. His recent service profile includes the GEOG honor committee, Institute of Geospatial Research and Education, Center for Health Disparities Innovation and Studies at Eastern Michigan University. He is a lifetime member of Chinese Professional in Geographic Information Systems (CPGIS) and an active member of the American Association of Geographers (AAG).


  • GEOG 276 Principles of GIS
  • GEOG 376 Spatial Analysis
  • GEOG 479/592 Quantitative Geography
  • GEOG 678 Web GIS


GIST Master Program

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