Peter Fiduccia

Ph.D. Candidate, Development Sociology

Research focus

  • Education Policy
  • Spatial Demography
  • Internet Access & Technology
  • Public Health Policy
  • Local Regression Modeling
  • Geospatial Methods


Peter examines the 'geography of inequality' and explores how technology and public health serve as drivers of inequity. He leverages publicly available data from disparate sources and utilizes spatial methods to augment, synthesize, and present actionable results to researchers, stakeholders, and communities. He examines the linkages between people and place. His research pursues new approaches to understanding spatial relationships through the examination of large, complex data systems. Part of what Peter loves so much about his work is making connections among types of information that seem at first very different and hard to reconcile. Demographic, economic, and geographical jurisdictional data; federal, state, and local levels. All these data tell a story, but the most intriguing stories come from the million interactions among them. Peter analyzes and visualizes these connections to deliver actionable information to policy leaders whose decisions can impact the lives of millions of people. Perhaps most importantly, researching these subjects has impressed upon him the power of spatial analyses to objectively present data concerning measures of equality and representation. As organizations everywhere increasingly strive for a more inclusive and diverse environment, he views it as his obligation to promote tools which invite objective understanding of systemic inequalities while simultaneously inviting collaboration through relatable media.



  • Sipple, J. W., Fiduccia, P. C., & LeBeau, K. N. (2021). The Why and How of Enhancing Data use in Rural Education Research and Practice. In The Bloomsbury Handbook of Rural Education in the USA (1st ed., Bloomsbury Handbooks). New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Sipple, J. W., Francis, J. D., & Fiduccia, P. C. (2019). Exploring the gradient: The economic benefits of ‘nearby’ schools on rural communities. Journal of rural studies, 68, 251-263.
  • Fiduccia, P. C. (2017). Problems with Distinctions and Perspectives Impairing the Debate on Common Core. Cornell Policy Review
  • Fiduccia, P. C. (2017). Patent or Profit? Ivy League Intellectual Property Policy and Classroom Reinvestment. Cornell Policy Review
  • Fiduccia, P. C., Schultz, E.R. (2016). Data Visualization for Use in Website Design. Cornell University Library.
  • Fiduccia, P. C. (2016). Get it Right! ‘Latin American Policy’ is a Misnomer. Cornell Policy Review
  • Fiduccia, P.C. Featured Essay on Student Leadership. In: Komives, S. R., Lucas, N., & McMahon, T. R. (2013). Exploring leadership: For college students who want to make a difference. John Wiley & Sons.

Current projects

  • Cornell University & Bassett Healthcare Network Research Group: Lead Geospatial Analyst
  • Cornell University Education & Demography Research Working Group
  • Harvard University CEPR Rural Research Group

Awards and honors

  • Yacura Leadership & Management Fellow, Binghamton University
  • John Christopher Hartwick Faculty Scholar in Business, Hartwick College
  • Houghton Excellence in Management Award, Hartwick College


  • Cornell University: Master of Public Administration (MPA)
  • Binghamton University: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Hartwick College: BA, Business Administration

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