Julie L. Cidell

Associate Professor, Department of Geography & GIS
Associate Professor, Center for Global Studies

Contact Information
Office: 2068 Natural History Building
1301 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
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Email: jcidell@illinois.edu
Curriculum Vitae



Julie Cidell is a native of the Chicago area with a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota. She has published papers on airport expansion, the suburban logistics landscape, the geography of chocolate, and green buildings. She has worked as a transportation engineer in Boston and taught physical geography in northern and southern California. Currently, she is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her work focuses on two main areas: the political economy of transportation, and green buildings and public policy.

Research Areas
Geographic Information Science
Political & Urban Geography

Ph.D. University of Minnesota
M.A. University of Minnesota

Selected Publications
  • Cidell, Julie. "Fear of a foreign railroad: transnationalism and (im)mobility in Chicago’s suburbs." Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 37.4 (2012): 593-608.
  • Cidell, Julie. "Flows and pauses in the urban logistics landscape: the municipal regulation of shipping container mobilities." Mobilities 7.2 (2012): 233-246.
  • Cidell, Julie. "Just passing through: the risky mobilities of hazardous waste transport." Social Geography 7 (2012): 13-22.
  • Cidell, Julie. "Distribution centers among the rooftops: the global logistics network meets the suburban spatial imaginary." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 35.4 (2011): 832-851.
  • GEOG 105: The Digital Earth
  • GEOG 204: Cities of the World
  • GEOG 379: Intro to GIS
  • GEOG 465: Transportation and Sustainability
  • GEOG 587: Qualitative Research Methods