Matthew Balentine, PhD

Matthew Balentine

Assistant Professor, Experiential Leaning Coordinator, and Geography Club Advisor 


  • Ph.D.  University of North Carolina - Greensboro
  • M.A.  University of Wyoming 
  • B.S.  University of North Alabama

Areas of Expertise

  • Political Geography

  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Electoral Geography 
  • American South 
  • Enviornmental Hazards 
  • Urban Geography 

Selected Publications and Research Contributions

view Google Scholar profile

  • Balentine. 2022. Geographic Language and the 2020 presidential Debates. In Atlas of the 2020 Election. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield publishers. 

  • Balentine, M. D., and C. Johnson. 2020. Sovereignty. In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography (Second Edition). Oxford: Elsevier
  • Balentine. 2018b. The Changing Electoral Landscape of the Western United States. The Professional Geographer 70 (4):566–582.

  • Balentine, M. D., and G. R. Webster. 2018a. Place Names as a Form of Strategic Political Communication: An Analysis of Geographic Language Used in U.S. Presidential Debates from 1976-2012. In The Changing Global Map of Languages. New York: Springer.

  • Johnson, C., and M. D. Balentine. 2014. Politics in the Landscape: Reading Toponymy in Political Geography. In Proceeding of the 20th International Seminar on Sea Names. Gyeongju, Korea.


  • GE 111: Weather and Climate
  • GE 303: Geography of the South 
  • GE 404/504: Natural Hazards and Disasters