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Steven Radil

Steven Radil

Associate Professor


McClure Hall 305B



Mailing Address

Department of Geography
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3021
Moscow, ID 83844-3021

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • M.A., Geography, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2007
  • B.A., Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2005

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, USA. As a political geographer, my research examines the geographical dimensions of international and domestic politics.

I'm currently interested in the spatial politics of policing and law enforcement; the geographical spread of armed conflicts; and the issues involved in using geospatial technology to explore political topics. I've published on a diverse set of political issues, including terrorism, interstate war, civil war, urban violence, participatory governance, and policing. I also have methodological expertise in spatial analysis, social network analysis, and Geographic Information Science and routinely use these tools in my work.

My research often cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries and I routinely collaborate with a diverse set of scholars in geography, political science, criminology, and urban planning. My research has been published in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Eurasian Geography and Economics, and Territory, Politics, Governance among others. I am a member of the American Association of Geographers,  the Political Geography Specialty Group, and the International Studies Association.

I periodically accept graduate students interested in political geography. Please contact me by email to discuss current research and funding opportunities in the Geography graduate program at the University of Idaho.

  • S. Radil, R. Dezzani, and L. McAden. Geographies of U.S. police militarization and the role of the 1033 program. The Professional Geographer. In press.

  • S. Radil and J. Jiao. 2016. Participatory GIS and the geography of inclusion. The Professional Geographer 68(2): 202–210.

  • S. Radil and C. Flint. 2015. A tale of two audacities: A response to Verweijen and van Meeteren. Territory, Politics, Governance 3(1): 112-117.
  • S. Radil, and C. Flint. 2015. Geographies of cosmic war: Comparing secular and religious terrorism in time and space. In S. Brunn (ed.), The changing world religion map: Sacred places, identities, practices and politics, 3459-3472. 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

  • Police militarization in the U.S.
  • Network and spatial modeling of war diffusion
  • Politics of Participatory GIS

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.

  • 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


Physical Address:
McClure Hall 201

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3021
Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Phone: 208-885-6216


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