SLAB, the Spatial Analysis Lab at USC Price, aims to advance the visualization of the social sciences for public service through research, public engagement, and teaching.

Our research experiments with developing alternative cartographies and exploring their potential roles in society, endeavoring to create knowledge and narratives that support an increasingly inclusive city. Aligned with Price’s commitment to social justice and equity, the various activities of SLAB focus on bringing creativity and a humanistic attention to marginalized peoples and places.

And, SLAB does its work with others. Situated in a university with unique strengths, we focus on promoting research collaboration within and outside Price. 

In SLAB’s spirit of humanizing research, we introduce ourselves with songs…SLAB’s 2016-17 Spotify playlist.


Annette M. Kim, Director of SLAB

“California” by Kate Earl
“I chose this song to herald SLAB’s optimistic new phase on the left coast with its distinctly laid-back LA vibe and tongue-in-cheek lyrics.”
UPDATE: “November 2016 = need a new song, Alright? Here’s the RAP USC playlist”

Scott Mahoy, Creative Director

“Music is God My Love” by Chassol
“Chassol experiments with a simple recording of the human voice and with each iteration he superimposes additional layers until it is transformed into something more.”

Jan Chantarasompoth, Operations Manager

“Beautiful Day” by India Arie
“I love how India Arie speaks positively about life as sets of challenges and chances we take rather than the mistakes we make or competition from others. This song encourages me and reminds me to live life with no regrets!”

Matthew MillerRAP Program Manager + Price doctoral student

“Neon Valley Street” by Janelle Monáe
“I am inspired by how SLAB strikes a balance of exploring alternative futures while uplifting overlooked places and peoples with art and technology. This Afro-futurist ballad beautifully represents the goal of not only surviving oppression, but finding your humanity in a metropolis that otherwise renders you problematic. Plus, it sounds like a jazzy lullaby!”

Jonathan Crisman, Research Affiliate + Price doctoral student

“Wheels” by Fat Freddy’s Drop
“I think it’s a good addition to the SLAB mixtape because you can interpret it to be about a lot of different contemporary urban issues: police brutality, political polarization, environmental justice. It also gives a sense of movement, transportation, the dance of auto and pedestrian traffic.”

Arthur AcolinResearch Assistant + Price doctoral student

Wendy ChungResearch Assistant

“I Love LA” by Randy Newman
“The Lakers victory song. Watching Lakers basketball with my family was a huge part of my life growing up. So much so that when it came time for college, I chose to stay in LA so that I could continue watching games on local TV. At UCLA, I developed an obsession with Southern California’s renegade history, heritage and sociology that rages on today.”

Byoungjun KimResearch Assistant

“1974 Way Home” by Mondo Grosso
“This song really relaxes and comforts me, especially when I am exhausted. Like the title of the song, I feel like I am going back to my sweet home after a day of hard work.”

Michael ChiangResearch Assistant

“Gerudo Valley” by The Legend of Zelda
“Zelda was my favorite game growing up!”

Past USC SLAB members:
Kristy H.A. Kang, Associate Director
Quan Yuan
Tiffany Chu
Courtney Sung

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