My name is Ian Spangler and I grew up outside of Richmond, VA. I've lived in Fredericksburg, VA, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, LA, and currently reside in Lexington, KY.
I'm a geographer, writer, and cartographer. During my undergraduate career, I studied Geography and Creative Writing at the University of Mary Washington. After earning my BA in 2016, I went on to pursue a graduate degree at the UK Department of Geography. In my Master's research I studied gentrification, emotional labor, and short-term rentals in New Orleans. Presently, my dissertation work explores the spatialization of digital real estate platforms, especially in the US context.
I like chess, though I'm not all that good at it. I despise fluorescent lighting, and am a morning person, aspirationally. I nourish my soul by crafting artisanal memes about Twin Peaks, writing sea shanties, and playing Dungeons & Dragons every Friday night.
Spangler, Ian. 2020. “Hidden value in the platform’s platform: Airbnb, displacement, and the un-homing spatialities of emotional labor.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 45: 575-588. (paywall | free)
Stone, Meredith, Ian Spangler, Xavier Griffin, and Stephen Hanna. 2016. "Searching for the Enslaved in the ‘Cradle of Democracy’: Virginia’s James River Plantations and the Reproduction of Local Social Memories." Southeastern Geographer 56.2: 203-222. (free)
Nemer, David, Ian Spangler and Michaelanne Dye. 2018. “Airbnb and the Costs of Emotional Labor in Havana, Cuba.” 21st ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 245-248. (paywall | free)
Spangler, Ian. 2019. Review of Work: The Last 1,000 Years, by Andrea Komlosy. Labour and Industry: A Journal of the Social and Economic Relations of Work. 29.4: 388-391. (paywall)
Spangler, Ian. 2019. Review of Welcome to Fairyland: Queer Miami before 1940, by Julian Capó Jr. Antipode Book Review Symposium. (free)
Spangler, Ian. 2019. Review of Creole Italian: Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture, by Justin A. Nystrom. The AAG Review of Books 7.4: 243-246. (free)
Spangler, Ian. 2021. “Red Wine Vinegar.” Southern Humanities Review 54.2: 45-65. (journal website)
Spangler, Ian. 2015. “Distortion, or Nothing Is Where You Think It Is.” Blotterature Literary Magazine 2.2: 4-14. (journal website)
Zook, Matthew and Ian Spangler. “A Practice, not a Window: Understanding transparency in new spaces of finance.” For submission to Environment & Planning A.
Spangler, Ian. Submitted. “The Pony Island Lighthouse Keeper.”
Spangler, Ian. “Sweat matters: on the epistemology and spatial politics of perspiration.” For submission to cultural geographies.
“Codes, screens, and the racialization of platform real estate.” RGS-IBG Meeting. Virtual attendance.
“Conservative innovations: Understanding forms of development in digital real estate technologies.” American Association of Geographers. Virtual attendance.
“Sweat Matters: On the politics of perspiration.” 10th Annual Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference. Lexington, Kentucky.
“Airbnb, gentrification, and the value of everyday life: playing host as emotional labor in New Orleans.” American Association of Geographers. Washington, D.C.
“‘One More Way to Sell New Orleans: Airbnb and the Commodification of Authenticity through Local Emotional Labor.” Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers. Johnson City, Tennessee.
“Commodifying Authenticity in New Orleans: Airbnb and the Emotional Labor of Playing Host.” American Association of Geographers. New Orleans, Louisiana.
“Google, Airbnb, and Reproducing ‘The 73.’” 12th Annual Landscape, Space, and Place Conference. Bloomington, Indiana.
“‘Yo, Dre, I’ve Got Something To Say’: Listening to Compton’s Hip-Hop Landscape.” American Association of Geographers. Session Chair. Boston, Massachusetts.
“The ‘death-threat’ of Newtown Pike: Davis Bottom as a liminal landscape.” 11th Annual Landscape, Space, and Place Conference. Bloomington, Indiana.
“Searching for the Enslaved in the ‘Cradle of Democracy’: Virginia’s James River Plantations and the Reproduction of Local Social Memories.” Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers. Pensacola, Florida.
"The Rosenwald Schools: Creating a Spatial Dataset at the National Level,” with Tiffany Tolbert and John Hildreth. National Trust for Historic Preservation: Preservation Leadership Forum Webinar Series. 30 January.
Interviewed by Sandy Hausman, with Dr. Stephen Hanna, Meredith Stone, and Xavier Griffin. More to the tour: Slave history at Virginia’s plantations.” WVTF radioIQ.
Interviewed by Emily Hollingsworth, with Dr. Stephen Hanna, Meredith Stone, and Xavier Griffin. “UMW Team Examines Slavery Narratives.” UMW Eagle Eye.
Below is a selection of my recent web mapping projects, developed largely as part of the New Maps Plus graduate certificate in digital mapping. Click any panel to navigate to a particular map.
I mostly write creative nonfiction, especially memoir-type stuff that experiments with form. In it, I try to explore the complicated relationships between people and the places they inhabit. Previously, my writing's been published in Blotterature Literary Magazine and Southern Humanities Review.
My fiction, in collaboration with Robby Hardesty, focuses on the misadventures of The Editors, a pair of libatious archivists who demand of the reader an impossible task: that they be taken seriously, and at their word. We have no control over when these writings will be published; rather, we lay in waiting, anxiously wondering when the writings will publish us. We are at their mercy.
A rare image of The Editors, in their element, merrily adrift in the Russian Tundra.
I offer freelance services in copy editing, audio transcription, and GIS consulting. Please reach out to me via email for samples, questions, or quotes.
Experience as a copy editor at disClosure and creative nonfiction editor at Rappahannock Review.
Practical experience transcribing qualitative interviews, for both an NSF grant and my personal research.
Fluent with Esri Suite, QGIS, and Leaflet. Practical experience in urban planning, hydrology, historical GIS.