David Karp


Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA), University of Pennsylvania, 2013

BA Urban Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Research Interests:

My research focuses on urban change, socio-economic inequality, and economic development policy. I'm currently investigating growth and shrinkage in US cities to study spatio-temporal patterns of population change and associated indicators of urban decline/distress. I'm also interested in place-based policy initiatives that target public subsidy into low-income neighborhoods, and how investment and development decisions impact community outcomes. Other work on population health and emergency care systems, has looked at geographic disparities in acute care outcomes, and strategies for regionalization of health systems planning. I primarily use quantitative methods and computational toolsets, including GIS, spatial statistics, data mining and machine learning, and I code mainly in R.

Recent Courses Taught: 

GEO 105: Earth, Environment, and Climate Lab


Carr, B. G., Kilaru, A. S., Karp, D. N., Delgado, M. K., & Wiebe, D. J. (2018). Quality Through Coopetition: An Empiric Approach to Measure Population Outcomes for Emergency Care–Sensitive Conditions. Annals of emergency medicine, 72(3), 237-245. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2018.03.004

Rising, K. L., Karp, D. N., Powell, R. E., Victor, T. W., & Carr, B. G. (2018). Geography, not health system affiliations, determines patients’ revisits to the emergency department. Health services research, 53(2), 1092-1109. doi:10.1111/1475-6773.12658

Karp, D. N., Wolff, C. S., Wiebe, D. J., Branas, C. C., Carr, B. G., & Mullen, M. T. (2016). Reassessing the stroke belt: using small area spatial statistics to identify clusters of high stroke mortality in the United States. Stroke, 47(7), 1939-1942. doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.012997

Kilaru, A. S., Wiebe, D. J., Karp, D. N., Love, J., Kallan, M. J., & Carr, B. G. (2015). Do hospital service areas and hospital referral regions define discrete health care populations?. Medical care, 53(6), 510-516. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000356

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David is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, and Presidential Fellow at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Before starting at UB he was working with a population health research lab at UPenn and Thomas Jefferson University, as research project manager and senior data analyst. While at UB he has served as a department mobilizer for the Graduate Student Employee Union (GSEU). He is originally from Philadelphia, PA.