About

img_3505Dr Gerard Toal (Gearóid Ó Tuathail) is a Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech’s campus in the Washington metro region. He first came to the US in September 1982 from Ireland for graduate study in Geography. He joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in August 1989. Dr Toal has written books, and many articles, about the intersections of geopolitics and post-communist territorial conflicts. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and two daughters. For the past two decades, he has been playing soccer with friends on the US National Mall, in search of the perfect goal.

Education

Ph.D. Political Geography, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 1989.

MA, Geography, University of Illinois, 1984.

BA (First Class Honors), History and Geography, National University of Ireland, 1982.

Toal’s research is featured in the book Key Thinkers in Space and Place (Sage, second edition, 2010). Click here for Euan Hague’s essay on Gerard Toal.

For more about him see his interview on the website Exploring Geopolitics.