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Department of Geography

Gerald WebsterGerald R. Webster

Professor and Chair

Ph.D.Geography, University of Kentucky, 1984;
MS Geography, Western Washington University, 1980;
BA Political Science, University of Colorado-Denver 1975
gwebste1@uwyo.edu 

Current vitae

(307) 766-2836

Arts and Sciences 207

Office Hours:  

Monday/Wednesday 1-3, or by appointment.

Research Interests:

Political Geography, Electoral Geography, Secessionist Groups, Voting Rights Teaching:

GEOG 1000 World Regional Geography, GEOG 4880/5880 Political Geography, GEOG 5000 Research Perspectives

Recent Publications

Journal Articles 

Engstrom, R.L., McCool, D.C., Chapa, J. and Webster, G.R. (2015). “Social Science Expert Witness Testimony in Voting Rights Cases,” National Political Science Review, forthcoming.

Leib, Jonathan I. and Webster, Gerald R. (2014). “’Lest We Forget’: John Winberry and the Study of Confederate Monuments on the Southern Landscape,” Southeastern Geographer, forthcoming. 

Webster, Gerald R. (2013), “Reflections on Current Criteria to Evaluate Redistricting Plans,” Political Geography Plenary Lecture 2012, Political Geography, 32: 3-14. 

Webster, Gerald R. (2013). “Normative Goals and Demographic Realities,” Political Geography, 32:21-22. 

Leib, Jonathan I. and Webster, Gerald R. (2012), “Black, White or Green?: The Confederate Battle Emblem and the 2001 Mississippi State Flag Referendum,” Southeastern Geographer, 52(3): 299-326. 

Brunn, Stanley D., Webster, Gerald R. and Archer, J. Clark. (2011). “The Bible Belt: Shrinking, Relocating and Multiple Buckles,” Southeastern Geographer, 51(4): 513-549. 

Webster, Gerald R. (2011).  “‘Guard Your Revolution’: Comments on the Arab Spring Essays,” Arab World Geographer, 14(2): 53-58. 

Webster, Gerald R. (2011), “American Nationalism and the Invasion of Iraq,” Geographical Review, 101(1): 1-18.

Webster, Gerald R. and Quinton, Nicholas (2010), “The Electoral Geographies of Two Segregationist (Jim Crow) Referenda,” Political Geography, 29(7): 14-24. 

Webster, Gerald R., Chapman, Thomas, and Leib, Jonathan I. (2010), “Sustaining the ‘Societal and Scriptural Fence”: Cultural, Social and Political Topographies of Same Sex Marriage in Alabama,” The Professional Geographer, 62(2): 211-229.

Webster, Gerald R. and Bowman, Jerrod, (2008), “Quantitatively Defining the Black Belt Geographic Region,” Southeastern Geographer, 48: 3-18.

Chapman, Thomas; Leib, Jonathan, and Webster, Gerald R. (2007), “Race, the Creative Class, and Political Geographies of Same Sex Marriage in Georgia,” Southeastern Geographer, 47: 27-54.  

Webster, Gerald R.; Bowman, Jerrod; McGowin, Daniel and Robinson, Heath (2007), “Research on the Political Geography of the South, 1980-2005,” Southeastern Geographer, 47: 1-12.  

Webster, Gerald R. (2007), “Voting Rights and Social Justice in the South,” Southeastern Geographer, 47: 107-110.

Edited Volumes and Book Chapters

Hamerlinck, J. and Webster, G.R. (2014), Student Atlas of Wyoming, forthcoming August. 

Archer, J.C., Watrel, R.D., Davidson, F., Fouberg, E.H., Martis, K.C., Morrill, R.L., Shelley, F.M. and Webster, G.R. (2014), Atlas of the 2012 Elections, Rowman and Littlefield.  Authored or co-authored segments on “the Campaign,” “Geographic Place Name Use in the 2012 Presidential Debates” (with Matt Balentine and Justin Frazier), “Newspaper Endorsements” (with Edward Heath Robinson), “Ballot Access” (with Edward Heath Robinson), and “The Bible Belt” (with Daniel A. McGowin). 

Webster, G.R., Watrel, R., Archer, J.C. and Brunn, S.D. (2014). “Bible Belt Membership Patterns, Correlates and Landscapes,” in Stanley D. Brunn, Ed., The Changing World Religious Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, New York: Springer, forthcoming.

McGowin, Daniel and Webster, Gerald R. (2014), “The Geography of Religious Freedom,” in Stanley D. Brunn, Ed., The Changing World Religious Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics, New York: Springer, forthcoming.

Webster, Gerald R. and Leib, Jonathan I. (2012), “Race, Religion and the Southern Debate Over the Confederate Battle Flag,” in Nancy Wadsworth and Robin Jacobson, editors, Faith and Race in American Political Life, pp, 103-124. University of Virginia Press.

Quinton, Nicholas and Webster, Gerald R. (2011).  “Electoral Alignments and Place-Based Cleavages in Statewide Referenda in Alabama,” in Revitalizing Electoral Geography, Editors Barney Warf and Jonathan Leib, pp. 195-218.  Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. 

Brunn, S.D., Webster, G.R., Morrill, R.L, Shelley, F., Lavin, S. and Archer, J.C., Eds. (2011), Atlas of the 2008 Elections, Rowman and Littlefield.  Authored segments on “Estimated Media Advertising Outlays,” “Campaign Stops,” “Newspaper Endorsements,” “Bible Belt,” and “Congressional Ratings.”  

Webster, Gerald R. and Leib, Jonathan I. (2011), “Living on the Grid: The U.S. Rectangular Public Land Survey System and the Engineering of the American Landscape,” in S.D. Brunn, Editor, Earth Engineering, pp. 2123-2138. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Webster, Gerald R. and Leib, Jonathan I. (2008), “The Confederate Battle Flag and the Neo-Confederate Movement in the South,” in Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction, Edited by Euan Hague, Heidi Beirich and Edward Sebesta, 169-201. University of Texas Press. 

Leib, Jonathan and Webster, Gerald (2008), “Electoral Districts,” International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, pp.  399-404. Edited by R. Kitchin and N. Thrift, London: Elsevier.

Pomeroy, George and Webster, Gerald R., editors (2008), Global Perspectives on Urbanization, New York: University Press of America. 

Leib, Jonathan and Webster, Gerald R. (2007). "Rebel With(out) a Cause?: The Contested Meanings of the Confederate Battle Flag in the American South." In Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Richard Jenkins, eds., Flag, Nation and Symbolism in Europe and America. London: Routledge. pp. 31-52.

 

Service

Editorial Board, Arab World Geographer, 2009 - present.

Editorial Board, Southeastern Geographer, 1996-1999, 2003-2007.

Editorial Board, Political Geography, 2001 - present.

Editorial Board, Journal of Geography, 1997- present.

Member, Association of American Geographers Constitution and Bylaws Committee, 2007- 2010.

President, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, 2005-2007; Past-President 2008-2009.

Awards 

“Political Geography Best Manuscript Reviewer for 2013,” Elsevier Publishers and Political Geography.

Best Southeastern Geographer Article in 2011, for Brunn, S.D., Webster, G.R. and Archer, J.C. (2011), “The Bible Belt in a Changing South: Shrinking, Relocating and Multiple Buckles,” Southeastern Geographer 51: 513-549. 

Selected to provide the 2012 Political Geography Plenary Lecture, Association of American Geographers, New York, NY, February 2012. 

Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, Savannah, GA, November 2011. 

Best Southeastern Geographer Article in 2007, for Thomas Chapman, Jonathan  Leib, and Gerald R. Webster, (2007), “Race, the Creative Class, and Political Geographies of Same Sex Marriage in Georgia,” Southeastern Geographer, 47: 27-54. 

Outstanding Service Award, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, Charleston, SC, November 2007. 

Richard Morrill Public Outreach Award, Political Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, April 2007. 

Outstanding Alumni Award for 2006, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, November 2006. 

Richard Morrill Public Outreach Award, Political Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA, March 2004. 

Distinguished Teaching Award, National Council for Geographic Education, Vancouver, British Columbia, August, 2001.  

Research Honors Award 2000, Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, November, 2000. 

 

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