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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 

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


Book Chapters

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 Ward and Jonathan Leib, pp. 195-218. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate. 

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, Earth Engineering, Dordrecht, pp. 2123-2138. Netherlands, Kluwer Academic.

Webster, Gerald R. and Leib, Jonathan I., (2008),  "The Confederate Battle Flag and the Neo-Confederate Movement in the South," in The Neo-Confederate Movement in the United States,  pp. 169-201.  Edited by Euan Hague, Heidi Beirich and Edward Sebesta, University of Texas Press.

Leib, Jonathan and Webster, Gerald R.,  (2007),  "Heritage, Hate, or Hell-Raising?: The Contested Meanings of Confederate Flags in the American South," in Flying the Flag: Critical Perspectives on Symbolism and Indentity, Edited by Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Richard Jenkins, New York: Routledge. pp.32-52

Webster, Gerald R. (2006), "Sports, Community, Nationalism and the International State System," in The Geography-Sports Connection: Using Sports to Teach Geography, pp. 33-46. Edited by Lisa DeChano and Fred Shelley, Pathways Series No. 33, Jacksonville, AL: National Council for Geographic Education. 


Edited Book

Brunn, S.D., Webster, G.R., Morril, 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."

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

Journal Articles

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. and Quinton, Nicholas. (2010).  "The Electoral Geographies of Two Segregationist ("Jim Crow") Referenda in Alabama," Political Geography, 29: 370-380.

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

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," Professional Geographer, 61: 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.

Leib, Jonathan and Webster, Gerald R. (2006), "District Composition and State Legislative Votes on the Confederate Battle Emblem," Journal of Race and Policy, 2: 53-75.



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.


Affiliations, Associations, Consultation:


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

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

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

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

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, WA, 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, NC, November 2000. 




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