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Jeffrey Widener

Geospatial Information Systems Librarian

phone: (405) 325-8718
jwidener [at]


Jeffrey Widener, a cultural geographer interested in processes of cultural landscape change in the American West, especially the American Southwest, became OU’s first GIS Librarian in 2013. His dissertation tells the story of how farmers in Colorado’s Grand Valley—a small agricultural region located on Colorado’s Western Slope (the west side of the Continental Divide)—are surviving amid the modern sense of progress. His other research has focused on land tenure and environmental justice at the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico, the Latinization of Oklahoma, and the culture of winemaking in the Sooner State. A selected list of publications and his cv can be found here. Jeff has been involved in a number of collaborative projects since joining OU, including a funded mobile video project on poverty in Oklahoma City neighborhoods (“Talk With Us”) and a funded project on how Oklahoma’s municipal water authorities use dynamic capabilities to create sustainable water governance. Jeff completed his Ph.D. in geography and environmental sustainability at the University of Oklahoma and his Master’s degree in history as well as his Bachelor’s degrees—one in geography with a humanities focus and the other in history—at the University of Central Oklahoma. Feel free to drop him a line if you have questions concerning geography and sustainability, GIS, research, digital humanities, or if you just need a sounding board for your ideas.