Associate Professor, Politics
Rick Kilroy came to Coastal Carolina University in 2014, after teaching 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 Military Intelligence Officer and Latin America Foreign Area Officer. He also taught Information Operations at the Joint Forces Staff College. He has lived overseas in Germany, Panama, and Mexico.
Ph.D., in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
M.A., in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia
B.S., in Political Science, Santa Clara University
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 just graduated from U.S. Coast Guard boot camp at Cape May, NJ and is 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.
Intelligence Operations; Intelligence Analysis; Homeland Security; Terrorism and Political Violence; Security Policy and Risk Assessment; U.S. Latin American Relations
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