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Gerard Toal

Professor, Government and International Affairs (GIA)
Gerard Toal
900 N Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
  • Office: 6-020
  • Ph.D., Political Geography, Syracuse University, 1989
  • M.A., Geography & History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1984
  • B.A., Geography & History (First Class Honors), National University of Ireland, 1982
  • Critical Geopolitics. Post-Communist Territorial Conflicts. Geopolitical Orientations in Post-Soviet States. US Foreign Policy. De Facto States. Public Opinion Research. United States, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • GIA 5254 (PSCI 5254): Global Conflicts
  • GIA 5404: Topics in Political Geography
  • GIA 5504 (PSCI 5504) (UAP 5504): Discourse Analysis
  • GIA 6114: Critical Geopolitics


  • Near Abroad: Putin, the US and the Contest for Ukraine and the Caucasus (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal (with C. Dahlman) (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).


  • 2019
  • 2018
    • G. Toal, J. O’Loughlin, ““Why Did MH17 Crash?” Blame Attribution, Television News and Public Opinion in Southeastern Ukraine, Crimea, and the De Facto States of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria.” Geopolitics, 23, 4: 882-916.
    • K. Bakke, A.M. Linke, J. O’Loughlin and G. Toal. “Dynamics of State Building after War: External-Internal Relations in Eurasian De Facto States” Political Geography, 63: 159-173.

Geopolitical Orientation in Russia’s Neighboring States.

  • Critical geopolitics
  • Nationalism
  • Political geography
  • Post-Communism
  • Globalization