Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Utah, 2009) -- GIS, spatial analysis, geography of terrorism and insurgent activity, complex systems in social and geographic spaces



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  • CV

Research Interests:

  • GIS
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Geography of Terrorism & Insurgent Activity
  • Complex Systems in Social & Geographic Spaces



  • Ph.D. - University of Utah (2009)
  • Master of Arts - California State University, Los Angeles (2004)
  • Bachelor of Arts - California State University, Los Angeles (2002)

Courses Taught:

  • Human Geography (GEOG 1400)
  • Spatial Data Design in GIS (GEOG 5150/6150)

Awards and Honors:

  • 2013 - United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Research Achievement Award¬†
  • 2008 - United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Graduate Scholarship
  • 2008 - Institute of Public and International Affairs, University of Utah Travel Grant
  • 2005 - Martin Harris Hiatt Memorial Graduate Scholarship
  • 2004 - Thomas McKnight Professional Paper Award
  • 2004 - G. Etzel Pearcy Memorial Scholarship
  • 2004 - Excellence in Graduate Programs Initiative


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • [In review] Lee, A. and Medina, R. M. The Elemental Problems Associated with Command Level Assessment Processes in Counter Insurgency Operations. Parameters.
  • Medina, R. M. (2014) From Anthropology to Human Geography: Human Terrain and the Evolution of Operational Sociocultural Understanding. Intelligence and National Security, early online publication Aug. 15, 2014.
  • Medina, R. M. (2014) Social Network Analysis of the Islamist Terrorist Network. Security Journal 27(1):97-121 (Early publication online in 2012).
  • Bahgat, K. and Medina, R. M. (2013) An Overview of Geographical Perspectives and Approaches in Terrorism Research. Perspectives on Terrorism 7(1):38-72.
  • Medina, R. M., Siebeneck, L. K., and Hepner, G. F. (2011). A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysis of Spatiotemporal Patterns of Terrorist Incidents in Iraq 2004-2009. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 34: 862-882
  • Medina, R. M. and Hepner, G. F. (2011). Advancing the Understanding of Sociospatial Dependencies in Terrorist Networks. Transactions in GIS. 15(5): 577-597.
  • Kobayashi, T., Medina, R. M., and Cova, T. (2011). Visualizing Diurnal Population Change in Urban Areas for Emergency Management. The Professional Geographer 63 (1):113-130.
  • Siebeneck, L. K., Medina, R. M., Yamada, I., and Hepner, G. F. (2009) Spatial and Temporal Analyses of Terrorist Incidents in Iraq, 2004-2006. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 32 (7):591-610.
  • Modello, C., Hepner, G. F., and Medina, R. M. (2008). ASPRS 10-Year Industry Forecast: Phase V. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 74 (11):1297-1305.
  • Medina, R., and Hepner, G. F. (2008). Geospatial Analysis of Dynamic Terrorist Networks. In Values and Violence: Intangible Aspects of Terrorism, eds. I. Karawan, W. McCormack, and S. E. Reynolds. Berlin: Springer.
  • LaDochy, S., Medina R., and Patzert, W. (2007). Recent California Climate Variability: Spatial and Temporal Patterns in Temperature Trends. Climate Research 33 (2):159-169.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Hannigan, J., Hernandez, G., Medina, R. M., Roos, P., and Shakarian, P. (2013) Mining for Spatially-Near Communities in Geo-Located Social Networks. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence - Social Networks and Social Contagion: Web Analytics and Computational Social Science, Arlington, VA. November 15-17.


  • Medina, R. M. and Hepner, G. F. The Geography of International Terrorism: An Introduction to Spaces and Places of Violent Non-State Groups. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis/CRC Press.