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Steven Radil

Steven Radil

Assistant Professor


McClure Hall 305B


(208) 885-5058

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 currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID, USA and a political geographer interested in territoriality, social networks, and other spatialities of political power.

My primary research interests revolve around issues of conflictual politics, especially the geographies of war at various scales. I've published on a diverse set of political topics, including terrorism, interstate war, civil war, and urban violence. I'm interested in ways to theorize political agency geographically, the importance of context at multiple scales for political outcomes, and the increasing role of geospatial technology in politics. I 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 Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Eurasian Geography and Economics, and Territory, Politics, Governance among others. I am currently a board member of the Political Geography Specialty Group as well as a member of the Association of American Geographers and the International Studies Association.

  • S. Radil and J. Jiao. 2015. Participatory GIS and the geography of inclusion. The Professional Geographer. In Press.
  • 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 203

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

Phone: (208) 885-6216


Web: Department of Geography