Ph.D., Rice University, History (Doctoral Candidate, expected completion Spring 2018)

Dissertation: “Disease, Race, and Poverty in New Orleans, 1877-1915: The Effects of Mortality Terrains on Socioeconomic Development,”

M.A., Rice University, History, 2014

M.A., California State University, Long Beach, Geography, 2011

The 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee: An Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS) Approach,” Thesis Committee: J. Mills (chair), S. Wechsler, H. Ban, A. Curtis, P. Paskoff

B.A., Louisiana State University, cum laude, History, 2008


Student Showcase Award, Digital Humanities Forum, University of Kansas (2016)

Mary Hayes Ewing Prize for the Best Article in Southern History, Rice University (2016)

Best Thesis Award, College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach (2012)

Graduate Dean’s List of University Scholars and Artists, CSU, Long Beach (2011)

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society (2009)

Cum Laude, Louisiana State University (2008)

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2008)


Kennedy, S. Wright, Andrew J. Curtis, and Jacqueline W. Curtis. “Historic Disease Data as Epidemiological Resource: Searching for the Origin and Local Basic Reproduction Number of the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 105, no. 5 (September 3, 2015): 987–1002.

Curtis, A., J.W. Curtis, S.W. Kennedy, A. Kulkarni, and T. Auer. “A Methodology for Assessing Dynamic Fine Scale Built Environments and Crime: A Case Study of the Lower 9th Ward After Hurricane Katrina.” In Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies, edited by Michael Leitner, 203–225. Geotechnologies and the Environment 8. Springer Netherlands, 2013.

Tompson, J. and S.W. Kennedy. “Where Exactly Is the Target Market? Using Geographic Information Systems for Locating Potential Customers of a Small Business.” Entrepreneurial Practice Review 2, no. 4 (March 20, 2013).

Mills, J.W., A. Curtis, B. Kennedy, S.W. Kennedy, and J.D. Edwards. “Geospatial Video for Field Data Collection.” Applied Geography 30, no. 4 (December 2010): 533–547.


Invited Public Lectures

Emory University: “The Potential of Historical GIS and Spatial Analysis in the Humanities,” March 1, 2016, Digital Mapping and the Humanities Series. Published in Southern Spaces on March 2, 2017.

Rice University Digital Humanities Group: “Spatial History and Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS),” December 10, 2014.


Kennedy, S. Wright, 2016. “The New Orleans Mortality Project: Using Spatial Analysis and Historical GIS to Uncover Nineteenth-Century Disease Terrains and Assess the Impact on Community Development,” Digital Humanities Forum 2016: Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities, Lawrence, KS (October 1, 2016).

Kennedy, S. Wright, 2016. “New Methods in the History of Medicine: Using Spatial Analysis and Historical GIS to Uncover Nineteenth-Century Disease Terrains and Assess the Impact on Community Development,” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Minneapolis, MN (April 28 – May 1, 2016).

Kennedy, S. Wright, 2016. “The New Orleans Mortality Project: Building Nineteenth-century Mortality Terrains with Historical GIS and Digital Workflows.” Modeling and Mapping Historic Sites and Events, Humanities Research Center and Scientia Institute, Rice University. April 8–9, 2016

Aroom, Jean and S. Wright Kennedy, 2015. “Reconciling 450 Years of Geospatial Data in Rio de Janeiro,” ESRI User Conference, San Diego, CA. (July 20–24, 2015).

Kennedy, S. Wright, Amanda L. Chang, and Sean M. Smith, 2015. “Challenges of a GeoHumanities Mapping Project: Team Management and Rectifying Roads in a Diachronic Atlas of Rio de Janeiro,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL (April 21–25, 2015).

Kennedy, S. Wright, 2014. “Using GIS and Spatial Analysis to Understand Dutch Slave Mortality and British Routes in the Middle Passage,” Territories, Memories, and Identities. Rice-Unicamp Seminar, Campinas, Brazil. (June 4–6, 2014).

Tompson, J. and S.W. Kennedy, 2012. “GIS for Small Businesses,” United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, New Orleans, LA (January 12–15, 2012).

Kennedy, S. Wright, 2010. “Historical Mapping: Three-dimensional Mapping of the Antietam Creek Battlefield,” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C. (April 14–18, 2010).


Professional/Academic Activities

Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification (2015-2020)

imagineRio, Project Manager (2012-2015)

Cornell University History of Capitalism Workshop (2014)

Summer Program on Finance, Accounting, Regulation, Statistics, GIS

The Abolition Seminar ( GIS Director (2013-2014)

NEH funded and hosted by the Library Company of Philadelphia

The American Yawp ( GIS Project Manager, Contributor (2013-2014)

Open-access History Textbook

University of Michigan Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology (2013)

Summer Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics

GeoStat 2013, Laval University

International Geostatistics Workshop

Hurricane Katrina Neighborhood Recovery GPS Video Surveys in New Orleans (2009–2012)

Field data collection

Vision Louisiana Residential College, Louisiana State University (2005–2006)

Planning sustainable community and economic development for Louisiana

Hurricane Response Service, Louisiana State University (2005)

Information center and trauma center volunteer during Katrina

Community Bound Service Group, Louisiana State University (2005)

Community service and outreach volunteer