photo: leitnerMichael Leitner 

Carl O. Sauer Professor

Director, Graduate Certificate, Crime Mapping & Geospatial Intelligence Analytics
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)
Affiliated Scholar, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law; Independent Research Group: Space, Contexts, and Crime (Freiburg, Germany)


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 Geographic Information Systems (GIS), small Unoccupied Aerial Systems (sUAS), and spatial analysis/modeling/mapping of the geographies of crime and health.  Ongoing research discusses the spatiotemporal forecasting of crime events, geospatial privacy issues, and fine-scale spatial data collection and analysis combining spatial video geonarratives and physiological measurements of people.

Selected Publications

Konsoer, K., Leitner, M., and L. Quinn (eds.) (2022) sUAS Applications in Geography. Springer: Heidelberg, 331 pages.

Ristea, A., Leitner, M., Resch, B., and J. Stratmann (2021) Applying Spatial Video Geonarratives and Physiological Measurements to Explore Perceived Safety in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 1284 (

Soleimani, S., Leitner, M., and J. Codjoe (2021) Applying Machine Learning, Text Mining, and Spatial Analysis Techniques to Develop a Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing Consolidation Model. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 152 (105985), ( 

Leitner, M. and A. Ristea (eds.) (2020) Urban Crime Mapping and Analysis using GIS. Special Issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 9 (9), 511. 

Oswald, L. and M. Leitner (2020) Evaluating Temporal Approximation Methods Using Burglary Data. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 9 (6) ( 

Marchowski, D. and M. Leitner (2019) Conservation Implications of Extraordinary Greater Scaup Aythya marila Concentrations in the Odra Estuary, Poland. The Condor: Ornithological Applications, 121 (2), 1-10 ( 

Kounadi, O., Ristea, A., Leitner, M., and C. Langford (2018) Population at Risk: Using Areal Interpolation and Twitter Messages to Create Population Models for Burglaries and Robberies, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 45 (3), 205-220 (doi:10.1080/15230406.2017.1304243). 

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

Courses Taught

Geospatial Technology (GEOG 2040)
Crime GIS (GEOG 4043/SOCL 4467)
Computer Cartography (GEOG 4044)
Methods of Spatial Analysis (GEOG 4048)
Geospatial Applications of Small Unoccupied Aircraft Systems (GEOG 4049)
Research Methods in Geography (GEOG 7902)


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