Joe Weber



  • PhD, Ohio State University, 2001
  • MA, University of Arizona, 1994
  • BA, University of Arizona, 1992

Research Areas

  • Transport geography
  • National parks
  • Urban geography
  • American West
  • Historical GIS


Courses Taught: Geography of Public Lands, Geography of National Parks, Urban Geography, Transport Geography, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, GIS for Transportation, Advanced Geographic Information Systems.  

Selected Publications

Weber, J., and Selima Sultana. In Press. The Parks Belong to the People: The Geography of the National Park System. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Weber, J. 2023.  The Origins of the Section Line Arterial Street Grid in Tucson, Arizona. Journal of the Southwest 65(2): 149-176.

Weber, J. 2023.  The Public Land Survey Landscape in the Intermountain American West. Professional Geographer 75(3) 452-462.

Sultana, Selima, Josh Merced, Ridwaana Allen, Gregory Carlton, and Joe Weber. 2023. Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its Missing Black Visitors: A Preliminary Analysis on the Hidden Architecture of Landscape. Southeastern Geographer 63(1): 15-35.

Weber, J. 2022.  Mapping Historical Las Vegas: A Cartographic Journey. Reno: University of Nevada Press.

Weber, J. 2022. America’s Lost National Monuments. Journal of Historical Geography 78: 55-68.

Weber, J. 2022. Diamonds, Cloverleafs, and SPUIs: The Geography of Freeway Interchanges in the United States. Professional Geographer 74(1): 102-114.

Weber, J and M. LaFevor. 2021. Exploring Remnant Landscapes of Nevada’s Arrowhead Trail. Geographical Review. 111 (3): 437-457.

Weber, J. 2019. The three American wests. Professional Geographer 17(2): 239-252. Weber, J. 2018. The transition from folk to engineered roads in the Mojave Desert. Journal of Historical Geography 61: 14-26.

Weber, J. 2018. Route Change on the American Freeway System. Journal of Transport Geography 67: 12-23.

Weber, J. 2017. Continuity and Change in American Urban Freeway Networks. Journal of Transport Geography 58: 31-39.

Weber, J. 2016. America’s lost national park units: a closer look. The George Wright Forum 33(1) 59-69.

Weber, J. 2016. Yesterday’s Freeway Network of Tomorrow. Geographical Review 106: 54-71. Selima, S. and J.

Weber. 2014. The nature of urban growth and the commuting transition: Endless sprawl or a growth wave? Urban Studies 51: 544-576.

Weber, J. and S. Sultana. 2013. The Civil Rights Movement and the future of the National Park System. Tourism Geographies 15: 444-469.

Weber, J. and S. Sultana. 2013. Why do so few minority people visit national parks? Visitation and accessibility of “America’s Best Idea.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103: 437-464.