Yongwan Chun is currently an associate professor of Geospatial Information Sciences (GISC) program at the University of Texas at Dallas. He earned a PhD in geography from the Ohio State University in 2007 before he joined UT Dallas. He also holds a master in Statistics from the Ohio State University, and an undergraduate degree and a master degree from the Department of Geography Education, Seoul National University.
His research interests lie in spatial statistics and GIS focusing on urban and economic issues including population migration, commuting, and urban crime. He has recieved research grants from National Science Foundation and National Instititue of Health among others. He has a co-author book, published by SAGE in 2013, and his papers have been published in major journals including Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, Geographical Analysis, Journal of Geographical Systems, and Journal of Urban Affairs among others.