Rebecca Theobald, PhD

Rebecca Theobald, PhD

Rebecca Theobald, PhD

Associate Professor Research
Columbine Hall, rm. 2024

Areas of Interest

  • Apportionment and Redistricting · GeoCivics
  • Global Systems of Education
  • Governance, Public Services, and Public Policy
  • Political Geography
  • Nationality and Nationalism


  • PhD, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007
  • MA, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2003
  • BA, Political Science, Middlebury College, 1984

Professional Experience

  • Reader, Advanced Placement Human Geography Exam, 2016 - 2023
  • Coordinator, Colorado Geographic Alliance, 2008 - 2018

Selected Publications

  • Theobald, R. (2022) “Tough, But Worth the Effort: Collaboration for Professional Development Strengthens Geography Education” in Geography Teacher Education and Professionalization, Artvinli et al, editors, International Perspectives on Geographical Education, Springer Nature: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 47-63.
  • Theobald, R. and Liller, D. (2022), “The 2020 Colorado Third Congressional District Election” in Atlas of the 2020 Elections, Watrel et al, editors, Rowman & Littlefield: New York, New York, pp. 232-235.
  • Theobald, R. (2021) "The 2020 election and beyond: Old situations, new complications," Political Geography, Virtual Forum.
  • “Redistricting Colorado: What can we learn from how people have been grouped together in voting districts over the past 145 years?,” by Julia Jackson and Rebecca Theobald, History Colorado, September 20, 2021.
  • “A User’s Guide to Giant Floor Maps: A Colorado Case Study”, Rebecca Theobald, The Geography Teacher, Volume 18, 2021, Issue 1, pages 55-72.
  • Theobald, R., Palmer, A. and Van de Gevel, S. (2019) “Interactive Mapping for Transparent Redistricting”, Research in Geographic Education, Volume 21, No. 2, 11-38.
  • Anthamatten, P., Bryant, L.M.P., Ferrucci, B.J., Jennings, S. and Theobald, R. (2018) “Giant Maps as Pedagogical Tools for Teaching Geography and Mathematics”, Journal of Geography, Volume 117, No. 5, 183-192.
  • Theobald, R., Anthamatten, P., Bryant, L.M.P., Ferrucci, B.J., Jennings, S. and McAnneny, C. (2017) “Scaling Giant State Maps: Learning at the Intersection of Mathematics and Geography”, Research in Geographic Education, Volume 19, No. 2, 11-35.
  • Theobald, R. and Vrbancic, E. (2016) "Nodes of Knowledge: Librarians as Navigators for Geospatial Technology Users", Journal of Map and Geography Libraries, Vol. 12, Issue 3, 318-344.
  • Theobald, R.B. "International Faculty: A Source of Diversity," and Alberts, H.C., Hazen, H.D., and Theobald, R.B., "Teaching with an Accent," in Coming From Abroad, Palgrave Macmillan, Heike C. Alberts and Helen D. Hazen, Editors, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Donert, K., Hay, I., Theobald, R., Wakefield, K., and Valiunaite, V. (2011) "International Collaboration in Organisations Promoting Geography Education: Exploring success and acknowledging limitations" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Volume 35, No. 3, 1-11.
  • Theobald, R.B. (2009) "New Faces in Academic Places: Gender and the Experiences of Early-Career Foreign-Born and Native-Born Geographers in the United States" Journal of Geographical Science, Volume 57, 7-32
  • Theobald, R.B. (2008) "Internationalization: Institutions, People, and Programs in Colorado" Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Volume 32, No. 2, 205-216.
  • Wescoat, J.L. Jr., Headington, L., and Theobald, R.B. (2007) "Water and Poverty in the USA" Geoforum, Volume 38, No. 5, 224-240.
  • Theobald, R.B. (2005) "School Choice in Colorado Springs: The Relationship Between Parental Decisions, Location and Neighborhood Characteristics" International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, Volume 14, No. 2, 92-111.

Honors and Awards

  • National Council for Geographic Education, President’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Geography Education, 2019
  • National Center for Research in Geography Education Transformative Research Award, 2016 and 2018
  • Esri, Inc., Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS Grant, 2015 and 2018
  • Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group, Tufts University, 2018
  • National Geographic Society funding for Colorado Geographic Alliance, 2008 - 2018
  • UCCS Faculty Assembly Women's Committee Award for Travel, 2011
  • Esri Special Achievement in GIS Award for the Colorado Geographic Alliance, 2010
  • CU-Boulder Center for Humanities and the Arts Seminar Participant, 2005-2006
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2005
  • AAG Urban Geography Specialty Group Best Masters' Thesis Award, 2004

Volunteer and Service

  • Editor, The Geography Teacher, National Council for Geographic Education, 2016 - Present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Review of International Geographical Education Online, Fall 2010 - Present
  • Chair, American Association of Geographers, Redistricting Panel Series Organizing Committee, 2021
  • Member, Association of American Geographers, Membership Committee, 2018 – 2021
  • Organizer, “Best Practices in Redistricting” Conference, April 2020
  • TEDxMashpeeED, April 26, 2019, "Redistricting of the people, by the people, and for the people"
  • Member, Pikes Peak Area Complete Count Committee, 2020 Census, 2019 -– 2020
  • Member, Curriculum and Instruction Committee, National Council for Geographic Education, 2012 - 2015
  • Member, GIS Distance Learning Project, Governor's Office of Information Technology, State of Colorado, 2012 - 2015
  • My Community, Our Earth: Global Connections and Exchange Program Initiative, 2011-2013
  • International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education Workshop, Changing Geography in Higher Education: Towards a Scholarship of Academic Practice, 2010
  • Colorado Department of Education, Colorado Model Content Standards Review Subcommittee in Geography, 2009