Assistant Professor (Ph.D. University of Colorado-Boulder, 2013) -- political geography, political violence, Kenya, spatial statistics, GIS, climate change and conflict

Andrew Linke 2


  • Office: Bldg 73 Room 206
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  • phone: 801-585-5420

Research Interests:

  • Political geography
  • Political violence
  • Kenya
  • Spatial statistics
  • GIS
  • Climate change
  • Conflict



I use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, and qualitative fieldwork to understand the geographies of political violence. I am now working on a collaborative research project investigating trends in environmental change and violent conflict across Africa, and especially in Kenya. Our research was recently funded as a four-year National Science Foundation award under the Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Sciences initiative. My conflict research has been published in Global Environmental Change, Political Geography, International Interactions, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,Journal of Peace Research, Nature Climate Change, International Studies Review, Eurasian Geography and Economics, and African Geographical Review. My dissertation fieldwork studying patterns of Kenyan electoral violence was funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, a Gilbert F. White Doctoral Fellowship, and the University of Colorado Boulder Graduate School.


  • 2013 Ph.D. (Geography). University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2008 M.A. (Geography). University of Colorado-Boulder
  • 2005 B.A. (International Affairs). American University, magna cum laude

Courses Taught:

  • GEOG 3420 – Political Geography



  • Linke, A.M., Schutte, S., and H. Buhaug. Population attitudes and the spread of
    political violence in Africa. International Studies Review, forthcoming.
  • Linke, A.M. and J. O’Loughlin. Reconceptualizing and measuring context in the
    study of conflict: A survey data example from Russia’s North Caucasus. International
    Studies Review, forthcoming.


  • O’Loughlin, J., Linke, A.M., and F. Witmer. The effects of temperature and precipitation
    variability on the risk of violence in sub-Saharan Africa, 1980-2012. Proceedings
    of the National Academy of Sciences, in press.
  • O’Loughlin, J., Linke, A.M., and F. Witmer. Modeling and data choices sway conclusions
    about climate-conflict links. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 2054-2055.
  • Raleigh, C., Linke, A.M., and J. O’Loughlin. Extreme temperatures and violence.
    Nature Climate Change, 4, 76-77.


  • Linke, A.M. The aftermath of an election crisis: Kenyan attitudes and the influence
    of individual-level and locality violence. Political Geography, 37, 5-13.


  • O’Loughlin, J., Witmer, F., Linke, A.M., Laing, A., Gettelman, A., and J. Dudhia.
    Climate variability and conflict risk in East Africa, 1990-2009. Proceedings of the
    National Academy of Sciences, 109, 18344-18349.
  • Linke, A.M., Witmer, F., and J. O’Loughlin. Space-time Granger analysis of the war
    in Iraq: A study of coalition and insurgent action-reaction, International Interactions,
    38, 402-425.


  • Linke, A.M. and C. Raleigh. State and stateless violence in Somalia. African Geographical
    Review, 30, 47-67.
  • Messina, J., Taylor, S., Meschnick, S., Linke, A.M., Tshefu, A., Atua, B., Mwandagilirwa,
    K., and M. Emch. Population, behavioral and environmental drivers of malaria
    prevalence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Malaria Journal, 10, 161.


  • O’Loughlin, J., Witmer, F., and A.M. Linke. The Afghanistan-Pakistan wars, 2008-
    2009: Micro-geographies, conflict diffusion, and clusters of violence. Eurasian Geography
    and Economics, 51, 437-471.
  • O’Loughlin, J., Witmer, F., Linke, A.M., and N. Thorwardson. Peering into the fog of
    war: The geography of the WikiLeaks Afghanistan War Logs, 2004-2009. Eurasian
    Geography and Economics, 51, 472-495.
  • Raleigh, C., Linke, A.M., Hegre, H., and J. Karleson. Introducing ACLED: An armed
    conflict location and event dataset, Journal of Peace Research, 47, 651-660.