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James M. Leonard, Ph.D.
Professor
Harris Hall 208
(304) 696-4626
email Prof. Leonard

Ph.D. - University of Cincinnati, 2001

A native of Huntington, West Virginia, I became a member of the Marshall geography faculty in the Fall of 2001. My areas of teaching and research interest are North America, West Virginia, geographic education, cultural geography (religion, social issues), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I am the director of the interdisciplinary GIScience minor and certificate programs at Marshall University. I am also director of the Geography Department GIS Lab in Harris Hall 202. I regularly teach (click for draft syllabus):

Peer-reviewed journal publications:

  • James Leonard and Kevin Law. 2012. Spatial and Temporal Variations in West Virginia’s Precipitation, 1931-2000. Southeastern Geographer 52(1): 5-19.
  • James Leonard. 2009. “They are just like the rest of us, only with a bigger home:” Spatial Integration of Socio-Economic Classes in Rural Mingo County, West Virginia. Southeastern Geographer 49(3): 267-290.
  • Sarah Brinegar and James Leonard. 2008. Poverty and Affluence: A Comparative Analysis of Economic Segregation in the Metropolitan Regions of Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio. Urban Geography 29(6): 581-606.
  • Leonard, James. 2006. Local Geography and Church Attendance: Wayne County, West Virginia. Journal of the Geography of Religions and Belief Systems 1(1):  28-50.
  • Leonard, James. 2005. The Geography of Visitor Attendance at College Football Games. Journal of Sport Behavior 28(3): 231-252.

Textbook publications:

  • Part III: Cities and Towns, for Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey Patton, and James Leonard: Applied Human Geography, 8th ed. 2013 (forthcoming).
  • Part IV: Livelihoods, for Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey Patton, and James Leonard: Applied Human Geography, 8th ed. 2013 (forthcoming).
  • Test bank (2012) to accompany Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey Patton, and James Leonard: The United States and Canada: A Systematic Approach, 5th ed. 2011.
  • Chapter 4: Settlement and Expansion, for Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey Patton, and James Leonard: The United States and Canada: A Systematic Approach, 5th ed. 2011.
  • Chapter 5: Population and Culture, for Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey Patton, and James Leonard: The United States and Canada: A Systematic Approach, 5th ed. 2011.
  • Chapter 6: Economic Geography, for Gordon Bennett, Jeffrey Patton, and James Leonard: The United States and Canada: A Systematic Approach, 5th ed. 2011.

Select external grants:

  • Digitial Mapping Project, 2012 ($129,000). This grant pays for student interns to create GIS layers from paper mine maps. Grantor: WV Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Faculty Enrichment Grant, 2007 ($3,000). This grant supported the creation of the Annotated Atlas of Canada student learning GIS project. Free to download (82 mb .zip) for educational use. Grantor: Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC.
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant, "GIS Summer Academies for Lincoln and Mingo County High School Teachers," 2005-2006 ($44,453). Grantor: WV Higher Education Planning Commission
  • Mapping Project, 2002-2003 ($4,200). This grant paid for a student to generate maps of employment training centers in WV. Grantor: WV Development Office.
  • Redistricting Project, 2001 ($28,500). This grant paid for creation, updating, description, and mapping of new voting precincts. Grantor: Cabell County, WV Commission.

 

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