Professor & Interim Dean
Political Science & Geography

Dr. Jonathan Leib

7002 Batten Arts & Letters
Norfolk, 23529

Ph.D. in Geography, Syracuse University, (1992)

M.A. in Geography, Syracuse University, (1987)

B.A. in Geography, Political Science, Mary Washington College, (1985)

Expertise

Political Science
Political Geography: American South, 'Race' and Ethnicity
Geography
Cultural Geography, Geography Education

Research Interests

My research interests largely focus on political and cultural change in the American South, with an emphasis on: 1) the politics of memory and representation on the Southern landscape involving Civil War and Civil Rights symbols (such as flags and monuments), and 2) issues of elections and voting rights in the region.

Articles

Leib, J. and Smothers-Marcello, J. (2016). Perspectives on Political Geography in AP Human Geography. Journal of Geography 115 , pp. 112-117.
Webster, G. and Leib, J. (2016). Religion, Murder and the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina. Southeastern Geographer 56 , pp. 29-37.
Clemons, M. L. and Leib, J. (2015). Felon Disenfranchisement after the 1965 Voting Rights Act: Political and Geographical Implications. Political Geography 48 (153-157).
Webster, G., McCrary, P., Moore, T., Aden, L., Blacksher, J., Clemons, M. L. and Leib, J. (2015). Interventions on the 50th Anniversary of Events in the American Civil Rights Movement. Political Geography 48 , pp. 146-158.
Leib, J. and Webster, G. (2015). On Remembering John Winberry and the Study of Confederate Monuments on the Southern Landscape. Southeastern Geographer 55 , pp. 9-18.
Leib, J. (2013). What I do and How I Got to Where I am Today. Virginia Social Science Journal 48 , pp. 146-9.
Leib, J. (2012). A Tale of Two Civil War Statues: Teaching the Geographies of Memory and Heritage in Norfolk, Virginia. Southeastern Geographer 52 , pp. 398-412.
Leib, J. (2012). Black, White or Green?: The Confederate Emblem and the 2001 Mississippi State Flag Referendum. Southeastern Geographer 52 , pp. 299-326.
Leib, J. (2011). Identity, Banal Nationalism, Contestation and North American License Plates. Geographical Review 101 , pp. 37-52.
Leib, J. and Chapman, T. (2011). Jim Crow, Civil Defense, and the Hydrogen Bomb: Race, Evacuation Planning and the Geopolitics of Fear in the 1950s Savannah, Georgia. Southeastern Geographer 51 , pp. 578-595.
Schlosser, K., White, G., Leib, J., Dalby, S., Algeo, K., Jansson, D. and Zimmerman, J. (2011). Nationalism in Geography Classrooms: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Geography 110 , pp. 166-75.
Leib, J. (2011). Teaching Controversial Issues: Nationalism in the Political Geography Classroom. Journal of Geography 110 , pp. 167-8.
McGowin, D. and Leib, J. (2010). Geography, Identity and Florida's Specialty License Plates. The Florida Geographer 41 , pp. 39-64.
Webster, G., Chapman, T. and Leib, J. (2010). Sustaining the 'Societal and Scriptural Fence': Cultural, Social and Political Topographies of Same-Sex Marriage in Alabama. Professional Geographer 62 , pp. 211-29.
Chapman, T., Leib, J. and Webster, G. (2007). Race, the Creative Class, and Political Geographies of Same-Sex Marriage in Georgia. Southeastern Geographer 47 , pp. 27-54.
Leib, J. and Webster, G. (2006). District Composition and State Legislative Votes on Confederate Battle Emblems. Journal of Race and Policy 2 , pp. 53-75.
Leib, J. (2004). Robert E. Lee, 'Race', Representation, and Redevelopment along Richmond's Canal Walk. Southeastern Geographer 44 , pp. 236-62.
Leib, J. and Dittmer, J. (2002). Florida's Residual Votes, Voting Technology, and the 2000 Election. Political Geography 21 , pp. 91-98.
Kaya, I., Leib, J. and Kodras, J. (2002). High School Geography Textbook Adoption: A Leon County, Florida Case Study. The Florida Geographer 33 , pp. 27-44.
Webster, G. and Leib, J. (2002). Political Culture, Religion and the Confederate Battle Flag Debate in Alabama. Journal of Cultural Geography 20 , pp. 1-26.
Walker, J. and Leib, J. (2002). Revisiting the Topia Road: Walking in the Footsteps of West and Parsons. Geographical Review 92 , pp. 555-581.
Leib, J. (2002). Separate Times, Shared Spaces: Arthur Ashe, Monument Avenue and the Politics of Richmond, Virginia's Symbolic Landscape. Cultural Geographies 9 , pp. 286-312.
Leib, J. (2001). Major League Baseball's Spring Training in Florida, 1901-2001. The Florida Geographer 32 , pp. 4-27.
Webster, G. and Leib, J. (2001). Whose South is it Anyway?: Race and the Confederate Flag in South Carolina. Political Geography 20 , pp. 271-299.
Leib, J., Webster, G. and Webster, R. (2000). Rebel With a Cause?: Iconography and Public Memory in the Southern United States. Geojournal 52 , pp. 303-310.
Leib, J. (2000). The State of Geography Education Research. Journal of Geography 99 , pp. 268-9.
Leib, J. (1998). Communities of Interest and Minority Districting after Miller v. Johnson. Political Geography 17 , pp. 683-699.
Leib, J. (1998). Editor's Note. Journal of Geography 97 , pp. 46.
Leib, J. and Webster, G. (1998). On Enlarging the U.S. House of Representatives. Political Geography 17 , pp. 319-329.
Leib, J. (1998). Teaching Controversial Topics: Iconography and the Confederate Battle Flag in the South. Journal of Geography 97 , pp. 229-240.
Ingalls, G., Webster, G. and Leib, J. (1997). Fifty Years of Political Change in the American South: Electing African Americans and Women to Public Office. Southeastern Geographer 37 , pp. 140-161.
Archer, C., Shelley, F. and Leib, J. (1997). The Perceived Geopolitical Importance of Countries of the World: An Analytical and Pedagogical Investigation. Journal of Geography 96 , pp. 76-83.
Leib, J. (1995). Heritage versus Hate: A Geographical Analysis of Georgia's Confederate Battle Flag Debate. Southeastern Geographer 35 , pp. 37-57.
Raburn, R. and Leib, J. (1994). Congressional District Building Blocks: Choice and Impact in the 1990s. Comparative State Politics , pp. 17-27.
Leib, J. (1990). The Historical Geography of Minor League Baseball in Pennsylvania, 1902-1989. The Pennsylvania Geographer 28 , pp. 3-14.

Books

Warf, B. and Leib, J. (2011). Revitalizing Electoral Geography. Ashgate.
Davidson, F., Leib, J., Shelley, F. and Webster, G. (1998). Teaching Political Geography. National Council for Geographic Education.

Book Chapters

Leib, J. (2014). Southeast The Atlas of the 2016 Elections (pp. 136-139) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Webster, G. and Leib, J. (2012). What Would Robert E. Lee Do?: Race, Religion and the Debate over the Confederate Battle Flag in the American South Faith and Race in American Political Life (pp. 103-124) Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
Leib, J. and Quinton, N. (2011). "On the Shores of the Moribund Backwater?": Trends in Electoral Geography Research since 1990 Revitalizing Electoral Geography (pp. 9-27) Farnham: Ashgate.
Leib, J. (2011). Appalachia and the American South Atlas of the 2008 Elections (pp. 126-28) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Warf, B. and Leib, J. (2011). Introduction Revitalizing Electoral Geography (pp. 9-27) Farnham: Ashgate.
Webster, G. and Leib, J. (2011). Living on the Grid: The U.S. Rectangular Land Survey System and Engineering of the American Landscape Engineering Earth: The Impacts of Megaengineering Projects (pp. 2123-2138) Dordrecht: Springer.
Leib, J. (2011). Virginia's 2008 Presidential Vote Atlas of the 2008 Elections (pp. 166-68) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Leib, J. and Webster, G. (2009). Electoral Districts International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 399-404) Oxford: Elsevier.
Webster, G. and Leib, J. (2008). Fighting for the Lost Cause: The Confederate Battle Flag and Neo-Confederacy Neo-Confederacy: A Critical Introduction (pp. 169-201) Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
Webster, G. and Leib, J. (2007). Rebel With(out) a Cause?: The Contested Meanings of the Confederate Battle Flag in the American South Flag, Nation and Symbolism in Europe and America (pp. 31-52) London: Routledge.
Leib, J. (2006). Geography of Sports Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 457-58) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Leib, J. (2006). Redistricting Encyclopedia of Human Geography (pp. 404-5) Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Leib, J. (2006). The Witting Autobiography of Richmond, Virginia: Arthur Ashe, the Civil War, and Monument Avenue's Racialized Landscape Landscape and Race in the United States (pp. 187-211) London: Routledge.
Leib, J. (2006). Understanding the Location of Professional Sports Franchises The Geography-Sports Connection: Using Sports to Teach Geography (pp. 61-77) Jacksonville, AL: National Council for Geographic Education.
Leib, J. and Webster, G. (2004). Banner Headlines: The Fight Over Confederate Flags in the American South WorldMinds: Geographic Perspectives on 100 Problems (pp. 61-66) Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Leib, J. (2004). Political Organization of Space: Introductory Essay Teaching Human Geography: Selections from the Journal of Geography (pp. 53-5) Jacksonville, AL: National Council for Geographic Education.
Leib, J. and Webster, G. (2002). The Confederate Flag Debate in the American South: Theoretical Conceptual Perspectives Beyond the Color Line? Race, Representation, and Community in the New Century (pp. 221-42) New York: Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
Leib, J. (2000). Contributed to the Biographies of nine Speakers of the General Assembly of New Jersey American Legislative Leaders in the Northeast, 1911-1994 (pp. 87, 111, 114, 131, 135, 135-6, 172, 228-9) Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Leib, J. (1998). Political Geography and Voting Rights in the United States Teaching Political Geography (pp. 59-68) Indiana, PA: National Council for Geographic Education.
Davidson, F., Leib, J., Shelley, F. and Webster, G. (1998). Teaching Political Geography Teaching Political Geography (pp. 1-8) Indiana, PA: National Council for Geographic Education.
Leib, J. (1996). Resort Development, Tourism and Cultural Survival in the Gullah Sea Islands Snapshots of the Carolinas: Landscapes and Cultures (pp. 225-9) Washington, D.C.: Association of American Geographers.
Leib, J. (1996). Elections and Voting Behavior in the United States Past Place: Newsletter of the Historical Geography Specialty Group (pp. 4-7) Association of American Geographers.

Presentations

Leib, J. ( 2017). Confederate Symbols and 'Southern' Identity in Hampton Roads, Virginia After the 2015 Charleston Massacre Paper American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting Boston, MA.
Leib, J. ( 2017). Gerald Webster and the Political Geography of the American South Paper Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Starkville, MS.
Leib, J. ( 2016). Banal Nationalism, Landscape Representation, and the 'Origins' of Baseball Paper Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA.
Leib, J. ( 2016). Naming Practices and Monument Debates in Hampton Roads, Virginia After the 2015 Charleston Massacre Paper Eighth Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference Kent, OH.
Leib, J. ( 2016). Political Geographical Considerations of the 2016 Elections in the American South Paper Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Meeting Columbia, SC.
Leib, J. ( 2015). Teaching the Geography of Sports Paper Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Chicago, IL.
Leib, J. and Smothers-Marcello, J. ( 2015). Perspectives on Political Geography in AP Human Geography Curriculum Paper National Council for Geographic Education Annual Meeting Washington, D.C..
Webster, G. and Leib, J. ( 2015). Religion, Murder and the Confederate Battle Flag in South Carolina Paper Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Meeting Pensacola, FL.
Leib, J. ( 2014). Scripting and Re-scripting Statehood in the Automobile Era Paper Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Tampa, FL.
Leib, J. and Webster, G. ( 2013). 'Lest We Forget': John Winberry and the Study of Confederate Monuments on the Southern Landscape Paper Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Meeting Roanoke, VA.
Zeigler, D., Hribar, G. and Leib, J. ( 2013). An Atlas of AP Human Geography Poster Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers Meeting Roanoke, VA.
Leib, J., Chapman, T. and Webster, G. ( 2012). Electoral Geographies of Same-Sex Marriage Referenda in the United States: National and Regional Perspectives Paper Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting New York, NY.
Leib, J. ( 2012). Remembering Nat Turner: Race, Public Memory and Reputational Politics in Southampton County, Virginia Paper Sixth Race, Ethnicity and Place Conference San Juan, PR.