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Thursday, November 8, 2012


Poli Sci's Jonathan Leib Selected for Research Award

Jonathan Leib, associate professor and director of the geography program in the Department of Political Science and Geography, has been selected to receive the 2012 Research Honors Award from the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG).

The annual award is bestowed upon those who have produced a significant record of quality research and publication, and have exhibited research leadership at both an institutional an organizational level.

The award will be presented at SEDAAG's annual meeting in Asheville, N.C., on Nov. 19.

One Honors Committee member wrote that "Dr. Leib is a role model for all of us. He is a prolific publisher and scholar in the areas of political geography, geography of the South, race and ethnicity, and cultural geography. His first article to appear in a peer-reviewed journal focused on the meanings and placements of the Confederate flag and appeared in the Southeastern Geographer in 1995.

"Dr. Leib has since published 25 journal articles, 15 book chapters, three edited volumes, numerous encyclopedia entries and book reviews and is the co-author of a forthcoming book, 'Contemporary Political Geographies.' It would be difficult to find a literature review on political geography in the Southeastern United States without a reference to Dr. Leib's work."

Leib's frequent co-author, Gerald Webster, states that he is "confident that Jonathan is the foremost authority in the discipline of geography on the vitriolic debates over the meaning and placement of the battle flag on the Southern landscape. Dr. Leib has been honored with awards for articles published in the Southeastern Geography, Cultural Geographies, and the Journal of Geography."

Leib joined the ODU faculty in 2008.

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