Wei Kang is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas. Her research interests are methodological - spatial statistics/econometrics, as well as empirical - housing, urban & neighborhood change, inequality, growth, and sustainability. Her current projects focus on housing, disaster resilience, and neighborhood dynamics. She is the core developer and maintainer of the widely used open-source spatial analysis python library – PySAL.


  • GIScience & Spatial Statistics & Spatial Econometrics & Urban Data Science
  • Housing & Urban and Neighborhood Dynamics & Sustainability
  • Economic Growth/Mobility & Spatial Inequality


  • PhD in Geography, 2018

    Arizona State University

  • MSc in Cartology and GISystem, 2014

    Peking University

  • BSc in Geographic Information System, 2011

    Wuhan University

Academic Appointment


Assistant Professor

Department of Geography and the Environment, University of North Texas

Jul 2022 – Present Denton, Texas

Recent Publications

(2023). Small businesses and government assistance during COVID-19: Evidence from the paycheck protection program in the U.S.. Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.


(2023). Cross-regional analysis of the association between human mobility and COVID-19 infection in Southeast Asia during the transitional period of ``living with COVID-19''. Health & Place.


(2022). Spatial dynamics. Handbook of Spatial Analysis in the Social Sciences.

(2022). The Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses in the US: A Longitudinal Study from a Regional Perspective. International Regional Science Review.



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