Arthur Getis

Arthur Getis

Professor of Geography

Storm Hall 321
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-4493
(619) 594-6639

Curriculum Vitae

Arthur Getis is Distinguished Professor of Geography Emeritus at San Diego State University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Washington (1961), and Master’s (1958) and Bachelor’s (1956) degrees from the Pennsylvania State University. He had been president of several academic societies including the Western Regional Science Association and the University Consortium for Geographical Information Sciences. He has published widely, including a number of articles with J. Keith Ord, on the creation and development of local statistics, and books with Barry Boots on spatial pattern analysis, published by Cambridge University Press and Sage Scientific Books. He has also developed widely used spatial clustering algorithms and spatial filtering techniques. In addition, he has edited a number of scholarly texts on spatial analysis including Handbook of Applied Spatial Analysis (with M.M. Fischer). A festschrift in his honor edited by Luc Anselin and Serge Rey, Perspectives on Spatial Data Analysis, was published in 2010 by Springer. He is now honorary editor-in-chief of the Journal of Geographical Systems, a journal he founded with Manfred M. Fischer. With the support of NIH and NICHD, he has been doing research on the transmission of infectious diseases in Thailand (dengue), Peru (dengue), West Africa (ebola), and on women’s health (Ghana). He has received the Walter Isard Distinguished Scholarship award from the North American Regional Science Association, Distinguished Scholarship honors from the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and the Robert Aageenbrug Distinguished Career award from the Geographic Information Systems Specialty Group of the AAG. He has been the Johnson lecturer at San Diego State University, the Robinson lecturer at the Ohio State University, the Miller lecturer at the Pennsylvania State University, and the Hooker lecturer at McMaster University. He is a fellow of the Western Regional Science Association, the Regional Science Association International, and the University Consortium for Geographical Information Science. He recently received the Founder’s Medal of the Regional Science Association International and the Paelinck Award for his methodological writings. His textbooks on geography with Judith Getis and Jerome D. Fellmann are widely used by undergraduates; Introduction to Geography, is now in its 15th edition. He has chaired geography departments at Rutgers University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been a visiting faculty member at Bristol University (England), Princeton University, University of California Los Angeles, and University of British Columbia.

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1961
  • M.S., The Pennsylvania State University, 1958
  • B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1956
  • Entomological Assumptions of Dengue Fever (Peru) [NIH]
  • Dengue Virus Transmission (Thailand) [NIH]
  • Spatial Aspects of the Arab Fertility Transition (Egypt and Jordan) [NSF]
  • Specification of the Spatial Weights Matrix
  • Partitioning Large Spatial Datasets
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Pattern Analysis
  • Urban Geography
  • Disease and Crime Clustering
  • Geographic Information Sciences