Graduate student opportunities in Economic and/or Political Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Idaho




The Department of Geography at the University of Idaho invites application for MS and PhD positions from students with interests in Economic and/or Political Geography. The department routinely offers MS or PhD students a competitive funding package that covers a standard progression of two years for the MS and four years for the PhD. The application deadline is February 2, 2018 for admission in fall 2018.


Concepts and ideas central to Economic and Political Geography are commonly at the forefront of policy debates, discourse, and practice in fields such as urban and regional planning, international business and finance, international relations, and diplomacy. An understanding of the spatial nature of relationships that underpin economic and political phenomena is fundamental to successfully navigating our increasingly hyperconnected and interdependent world.


In order to serve growing interest in Economic and Political Geography, the Department of Geography at the University of Idaho has made recent hires that provide breadth and depth across a variety of economic and/or political research topics and approaches.

  • Raymond Dezzani: spatial political economy, world-systems approaches, spatial statistics, environmental modeling
  • Haifeng (Felix) Liao: Economic geography, regional development, urban and environmental planning, resource/land management and policy, China, GIS applications
  • Thomas Ptak: Energy, China, border studies, globalization, development, sustainability
  • Steven Radil: Political violence, terrorism, militarization and policing, territory, social networks

UI Geography also includes scholars working in GIScience, spatial analysis and statistics, remote sensing, climatology, paleoclimatology, and hydrology, and biogeography.


Set within the beautiful Palouse region of the inland Northwest and the vibrant town of Moscow, the University of Idaho offers graduate students many opportunities to work with affiliated faculty across campus and at the nearby Washington State University (just 8 miles away from the UI campus). The University of Idaho is an internationally-orientated research university that offers students access to a wide array of faculty and departments and the city of Moscow combines small-town charm and a thriving arts and cultural scene with access to the natural beauty and amenities of the Pacific Northwest.


For more information about the department, faculty interests, and topical areas, see Information on our graduate programs is available at For questions about the MS/PhD application process, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Jeff Hicke (

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