photo: leitnerMichael Leitner 

Fred B. Kniffen Professor

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)
Associate Editor, Cartography and Geographic Information Science (CaGIS)


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's main academic interests are in the research and application of geospatial technology, mainly GIS, GPS, and spatial analysis/modeling/mapping to the geographies of crime and health.  Ongoing research discusses the spatiotemporal forecasting of crime events, geospatial privacy issues, and various aspects of the association between lithium in drinking water and suicide mortality.

Selected Publications

Ristea, A., Andresen, M., and M. Leitner (2018) Using Tweets to Understand Changes in the Spatial Crime Distribution for Hockey Events in Vancouver. The Canadian Geographer, 62 (3), 338-351 (doi:10.1111/cag.12463).

Leitner, M. and J.J. Arsanjani (eds.) (2017) Citizen Empowered Mapping. Heidelberg: Springer, 300 pages.

Kounadi O. and M. Leitner (2016) Adaptive Areal Elimination (AAE): A Transparent Way of Disclosing Protected Spatial Datasets. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 57, 59–67 (

Helbich, M., Arsanjani J.J., and M. Leitner (eds.) (2015) Computational Approaches for Urban Environments. Heidelberg: Springer, 395 pages.

Kounadi, O. and M. Leitner (2014). Why does Geoprivacy Matter? The Scientific Publications of Confidential Data Presented on Maps. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 9 (4), 34-45 (doi:10.1177/1556264614544103).

Leitner, M. (ed.) (2013) Crime Modeling and Mapping Using Geospatial Technologies. Heidelberg: Springer, 446 pages.

Courses Taught

Computer Cartography (GEOG 4404)
Methods of Spatial Analysis (GEOG 4048)
Crime GIS (GEOG 4043/SOCL 4467)
Geospatial Technology (GEOG 2040)


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Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-2963
Fax: 225-578-4420



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