Richard Kilroy - Coastal Carolina University
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Richard Kilroy

Professor, Political Science

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For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead." Thomas Jefferson


Rick Kilroy came to Coastal Carolina University in 2014, after teaching for National Defense University and in the Army’s Special Warfare Center and School at Ft. Bragg, N.C.  He had previously taught full-time at East Carolina University, Virginia Military Institute, and National Defense University.  Before full-time teaching, he spent 23 years on active duty military service as an Army Intelligence Officer and Latin America Foreign Area Officer.  He also taught Information Operations and Latin America Regional Studies at the Joint Forces Staff College. He has lived overseas in Germany, Panama, and Mexico. He was recently selected as a non-resident fellow in the Center for the United States and Mexico, part of the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston, Texas.


Ph.D., in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

M.A., in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

B.S., in Political Science, Santa Clara University

Interesting Facts

Three of his four daughters have also pursued careers in Education, Intelligence, and the Military:  one is a Middle School Gifted and Talented teacher in Greenville, NC;  another is a GS-12 Intelligence Analyst working for an Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.; and the third is a Public Affairs Seaman in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Portsmouth, VA.

His most recent publication, the second edition of  Threats to Homeland Security: Reassessing the All-Hazards Perspective, was published by J. Wiley in March 2018.  He also co-authored a chapter with a colleague in Mexico, titled, “United States and Mexico Future Security and Defense Scenarios: From Convergence to Divergence?” which will be published in 2019 in a text titled, The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations. Dr. Kilroy has also been recently selected as a non-resident scholar for the Mexico Center in Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Teaching Areas

Intelligence Operations; Intelligence Analysis; Homeland Security; Terrorism and Political Violence; Security Policy and Risk Assessment; U.S. Latin American Relations

Research Areas

Regional Security Complex Theory in  North America; Latin American Security and Territorial Disputes; Homeland Security, Counter Terrorism, and Intelligence Policy;  Public Safety and Security in Federal Systems