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Department of Geography
phone: (208) 885-6216
McClure Hall 203
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3021
Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Steve Radil

Steven Radil, Ph.D.

Office: 305B McClure Hall
Phone: (208) 885-6216
Email: sradil@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Geography 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3021

Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Assistant Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Political Geography
    • Geopolitics
    • Geographies of War and Peace
    • Social Theory
    • Spatial Analysis Social Network Analysis
    • Geographic Information Science
  • Biography
    Dr. Steven Radil is a political geographer researching conflictual politics at multiple scales. Related to this, he is interested in territoriality, social networks, and other spatial forms of political power. Dr. Radil’s primary research interests revolve around understanding the politics of war and peace at various scales and he’s published on a diverse set of politically-motivated conflicts, including interstate wars, civil wars, terrorism, and gang violence. What pulls these issues together is an interest in theorizing political action geographically and the impact of different and multi-scalar contexts for political outcomes. Dr. Radil has methodological expertise in spatial analysis, social network analysis, and GIS. He also has a growing interest in qualitative GIS and other types of geographic technologies, particularly as they may pertain to a politics of peacemaking.
  • Selected Publications
    • S. Radil, and C. Flint. Forthcoming. The geopolitics of religious terrorism. In S. Brunn (ed.), The changing world religion map: Sacred places, identities, practices and politics. Springer.
    • S. Radil. 2014. Spatial models and network analysis. In G. Bruinsma and D. Weisburd (eds.), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 4991--4997. Springer.
    • S-H. Chi, C. Flint, P. Diehl, J. Vasquez, J. Scheffran, S. Radil, and T. Rider. 2014. The spatial diffusion of war: The case of World War I. Journal of the Korean Geographical Society 49(1): 57–76.
    • S. Radil, and C. Flint. 2013. Exiles and Arms: The territorial practices of state making and war diffusion in post-Cold War Africa. Territory, Politics, Governance 1(2): 183–202.
    • S. Radil, C. Flint, and S-H Chi. 2013. A relational geography of war: Actor-context interaction and the spread of World War I. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103(6): 1468–1484.
    • G. Tita, and S. Radil. 2011. Spatializing the social networks of gangs to explore patterns of violence. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 27(4): 521– 545.
    • S. Radil, C. Flint, and G. Tita. 2010. Spatializing social networks: Geographies of gang rivalry, territoriality, and violence in Los Angeles. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(2): 307–326.
    • G. Tita, and S. Radil. 2010. Making space for theory: The challenges of theorizing space and place for spatial analysis in criminology. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 26(4): 467–479.
    • C. Flint, and S. Radil. 2009. Terrorism and counter-terrorism: Situating al-Qaeda and the Global War on Terror within geopolitical trends and structures. Eurasian Geography and Economics 50(2): 150–171
  • Research Projects
    • Democratization and war in Central/East Africa
    • War diffusion of World War I
    • Spatial patterns of terrorism
    • Electoral geography and redistricting
    • Participatory GIS and economic redevelopment
  • Outreach Projects
    Dr. Radil’s recent outreach efforts have included providing free GIS training for civic and citizen groups engaged in local redevelopment efforts and supporting non-partisan redistricting efforts through the creation of spatial election data that can be used to demonstrate alternate election districts.
  • Awards and Honors
    • Best Research Poster, 4th Annual Political Networks Conference, 2011
    • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois, 2009 and 2010
    • Best Poster, School for Earth, Society, and Environment Research Review, University of Illinois, 2009 and 2010

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