Professor Wenjie Sun teaches courses in Geographic Information Science (GIS), Satellite Image and Air Photo Analysis, Human Geography, and Geography of East Asia. She has also led multiple interdisciplinary themed J-Term trips to various parts of China.
Prof. Sun conducts research projects using GIS and remote sensing techniques to examine land use and land cover change from the perspective of human-environment interaction. She is also interested in applying GIS and RS to a wider range of economic, social and environmental studies, particularly those involving undergraduate students through civic engagement. Since 2008, she has developed collaborative applied research opportunities with the Kenosha County Health Department on using GIS and spatial analyses to identify high-risk neighborhoods for the Kenosha-Racine Lead Free Communities Partnership Program. Recently, she has worked with students on assessing the effect of brownfield redevelopment on surrounding residential property values in Milwaukee using GIS. She is also actively pursuing undergraduate research and teaching opportunities on regional differences in China and East Asia.
Prof. Sun holds a Ph.D. in Geographic Information Science, an M.A. in geography, and an M.S. in computer science from Indiana University-Bloomington. She earned a B.S. in geography with a minor in economics from Beijing University. She joined the Carthage faculty in 2006.
"Professor Sun has allowed me to find my passion for Geographic Information Systems. She has always been there for me if I need anything. She has also always encouraged and motivated me to be a better geography student."
— Shelby Smith, '13
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