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Michael Leitner


michael leitner
  • Director, GIS-Minor, Department of Geography and Anthropology (LSU)
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Experimental Statistics (LSU)
  • Internal Advisory Committee, Crime and Policy Evaluation Research group (CAPER), Department of Sociology (LSU)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS (University of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Faculty Member, Doctoral College “GI Science” (University of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Editor, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS)

Campus address
E-104 Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-2963
Fax: 225-578-4420

Michael Leitner's CV


Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1997
M.A. State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993
M.A. University of Vienna, Austria, 1990
B.A. University of Vienna, Austria, 1987



Dr. Leitner is currently completing a book on the impact of hurricanes on crime and another book on computational aspects in urban geography. Further ongoing research discusses the spatiotemporal prediction of criminal events and various aspects of the association between lithium in drinking water and suicide mortality.


Selected Publications

  • Leitner, M. (ed.) (2013) Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies. Heidelberg: Springer, 446 pages.
  • Tsou, M.-H. & M. Leitner (eds.) (2013) Mapping Cyberspace and Social Media. Special issue of Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 40 (2), pp. 55-155.
  • Helbich, M., Leitner, M., & N. D. Kapusta (2012) Geospatial Examination of Lithium in Drinking Water and Suicide Mortality. International Journal of Health Geographics, 11:19.
  • Lebeau, J. L. & M. Leitner (eds.) (2011) Spatial Methodologies for Studying Crime. Special issue of The Professional Geographer, 63 (2), pp. 161-261.
  • Leitner, M. & M. Helbich (2011) The Impact of Hurricanes on Crime: A Spatio-Temporal Analysis in the City of Houston, TX. Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 38 (2), pp. 214-222.


Courses Taught

Computer Cartography
Map Reading
Methods of Spatial Analysis
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems