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          Matthew O'Gara
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Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

Ph.D., University of Southern California, December 2000
Dissertation: Ethnic Mobilization and U.S. National Interest: Cuban, Irish, and Jewish Lobbies and American Foreign Policy.

M.A., San Diego State University, August 1996
Thesis: U.S. National Interest in Post-Cold War NATO.

B.A., California State University, Northridge, May 1992


ACADEMIC POSITIONS

Rocky Mountain College
Associate Professor of Political Science, 2011-present
Director, RMC Honors Program, 2012-present

Rocky Mountain College
Assistant Professor of Political Science, 2008-2011

George Washington University
Visiting Assistant Professor, 2006-2008
GW University Honors Program / Elliott School of International Affairs

George Washington University
Lecturer, 2002-2006
GW University Honors Program / Elliott School of International Affairs


HONORS

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; 2005 “Professor of the Year” for the District of Columbia.


COURSES TAUGHT

Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy (graduate seminar)
Terrorism in a New Global Environment (team taught)
Terrorism and U.S. National Security (team taught)
Mass Movements and Global Terrorism
Revolutions and Revolutionaries
Visions of Utopia
Film and Politics
Constitutional Law
Globalization
Race and Class in America
The United States in World Affairs
Research Design
Political Leadership
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to International Affairs
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to American Government
History of Political and Social Thought I: The Ancient World
History of Political and Social Thought II: Modernity and Beyond
Major Foreign Governments
Literature, Politics, and Film in Comparative Perspective (Teaching Assistant)
The Politics of Human Difference: Diversity and Discrimination (Teaching Assistant)



ACADEMIC SERVICE

Peer-Elected Positions:

Faculty Chair; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2013-Spring 2014.

Member, Faculty Executive Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2011-Spring 2014.

Chair, Personnel Policies Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2011-Spring 2013.

Member, Personnel Policies Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2010-Spring 2014.

Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2010-present.

Member, Honors Program Advisory Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2009-Spring 2012.


Hiring Committees:

Chair, Executive Search Committee, Academic Vice President; Rocky Mountain College, Spring 2014.

Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Sociology; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2013.

Member, Faculty Search Committee, Librarian; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2013.

Member, Executive Search Committee, Vice President for Advancement; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2013.

Member, Executive Search Committee, Chief Financial Officer; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2013.

Member, Faculty Search Committee, Assistant Librarian; Rocky Mountain College, Summer 2013.

Member, Administrative Search Committee, Academic Registrar; Rocky Mountain College, Spring 2013.

Member, Faculty Search Committee, Environmental Management and Policy; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2012.

Member, Faculty Search Committee, Economics; Rocky Mountain College, Spring 2012.

Member, Faculty Search Committee, English Composition; Rocky Mountain College, Spring 2010.

Member, Faculty Search Committee, European History; Rocky Mountain College, Spring 2009.


Curriculum Development:

Chair, Program Development Committee, new minor in Pre-Law; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2010.

Member, Program Development Committee, new major in Environmental Management and Policy; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2009-Spring 2010.

Member, University Honors Program / University Writing Program Joint Curriculum Committee; George Washington University, 2007-2008.

Member, University Honors Program Social Science Curriculum Committee; George Washington University, 2006-2008.

Member, University Honors Program Humanities Curriculum Committee; George Washington University, 2006-2008.


Peer-Evaluation:

Member, Peer Review Committee for Tim Lehman, Professor of History; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2012-present.

Member, Peer Review Committee for Jenifer Parks, Assistant Professor of History; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2011-present.

Member, Peer Review Committee for Mark Damico, Assistant Professor of Education; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2009-present.

Member, Peer Review Committee for Nick Plunkey, Assistant Professor of English; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2010-Spring 2013.


Additional Service:

Member, Freshman “Common Read” Selection Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2012-present.

Member, Commencement Planning Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2013-present.

Member, Honorary Degree Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2013-present.

Member, Budget Priorities Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2012-present.

Pre-Law Advisor; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2009-present.

Faculty Parliamentarian; Rocky Mountain College, Spring 2012-Spring 2013.

Judge, Rimrock Classic Collegiate Debate Tournament; Rocky Mountain College, February 2010.

Member, Ad Hoc Committee on ROTC implementation; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2009.

Judge, Rimrock Classic Collegiate Debate Tournament; Rocky Mountain College, January 2009.

Member, Udall Scholarship Selection Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Spring 2009.

Member, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee; Rocky Mountain College, Fall 2008.


PUBLICATIONS

“Terrorism,” in The Encyclopedia of the Cold War: A Political, Social, and Military History (ABC-CLIO, 2007).

“Zero Option,” in The Encyclopedia of Russian History (Macmillan Publishing, 2004).

“Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT),” in The Encyclopedia of Russian History (Macmillan Publishing, 2004).

“Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START),” in The Encyclopedia of Russian History (Macmillan Publishing, 2004).

“Inequality and Political Violence in a Divided Society: Charismatic Movements in Northern Ireland,” Civil Wars 4 (Summer 2001): 79-98.


BOOK REVIEWS

Review of Adrian Little, Enduring Conflict: Challenging the Signature of Peace and Democracy (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) in Choice (forthcoming).

Review of Benjamin Ginsberg, The Value of Violence (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2013) in Choice (forthcoming).

Review of Benedetta Berti, Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013) in Choice 51 (March 2014): 1303.

Review of Anne Schwenkenbecher, Terrorism: A Philosophical Enquiry (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) in Choice 50 (August 2013): 2315.

Review of Andreas Wegner and Alex Wilner, eds., Deterring Terrorism: Theory and Practice (Stanford: Stanford Security Studies, 2012) in Choice 50 (May 2013): 1711.

Review of Nevile Bolt, The Violent Image: Insurgent Propaganda and the New Revolutionaries (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012) in Choice 50 (March 2013): 1328-1329.

Review of Jeffrey William Lewis, The Business of Martyrdom: A History of Suicide Bombing (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2012) in Choice 50 (December 2012): 753.

Review of James Jay Carafano, Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2012) in Choice 49 (July 2012): 2143.

Review of Kent Roach, The 9/11 Effect: Comparative Counterterrorism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011) in Choice 49 (May 2012): 1737.


Review of Dan Caldwell and Robert Williams, Seeking Security in an Insecure World, Second Edition (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012) in Choice 49 (March 2012): 1349.


Review of Patrick Van Inwegen, Understanding Revolution (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2011) in Choice 49 (December 2011): 766-767.


Review of Robert Mandel, Dark Logic: Transnational Criminal Tactics and Global Security (Stanford: Stanford Security Studies, 2011) in Choice 48 (July 2011): 2185

Review of Derek S. Reveron, Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military (Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, 2010) in Choice 48 (April 2011): 1573-1574.

Review of John T. Parry, Understanding Torture: Law, Violence, and Political Identity (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2010) in Choice 48 (January 2011): 988.

Review of Stuart Elden, Terror and Territory: The Spatial Extent of Sovereignty (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009) in Choice 47 (July 2010): 2190.

Review of Idean Salehyan, Rebels Without Borders: Transnational Insurgencies in World Politics (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009) in Choice 47 (April 2010): 1566-1567.

Review of R. Kim Cragin and Sara A. Daly, Women as Terrorists: Mothers, Recruiters, and Martyrs (Santa Barbara: Praeger Security International, 2009) in Choice 47 (March 2010): 1370.

Review of Ilan Peleg, The Legacy of George W. Bush's Foreign Policy: Moving Beyond Neoconservatism (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2009) in Choice 47 (September 2009): 196.

Review of Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia (New York: Viking, 2008) in Choice 46 (April 2009): 1585.

Review of Anne L. Clunan, et. al., Terrorism, War, or Disease?: Unraveling the Use of Biological Weapons (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008) in Choice 46 (February 2009): 1184-1185.

Review of Mark Juergensmeyer, Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State, from Christian Militias to al Qaeda (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008) in Choice 46 (November 2008): 595.

Review of Michael Levi, On Nuclear Terrorism (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007) in Choice 45 (July 2008): 2020.

Review of Roland Dannreuther, International Security: The Contemporary Agenda (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2007), in Choice 45 (March 2008): 1234-1235.

Review of Stephen Holmes, The Matador's Cape: America's Reckless Response to Terror (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) in Choice 45 (December 2007): 701.

Review of Mark J. Miller and Boyka Stefanova, eds., The War on Terror in Comparative Perspective: US Security and Foreign Policy After 9/11 (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), in Choice 45 (October 2007): 356.

Review of Michael P. Arena and Bruce A. Arrigo, The Terrorist Identity: Explaining the Terrorist Threat (New York: NYU Press, 2006), in Choice 44 (July 2007): 1977-1978.

Review of Adrian Guelke, Terrorism and Global Disorder: Political Violence in the Contemporary World (London: I.B. Tauris, 2006), in Choice 44 (May 2007): 1603.

Review of William W. Keller and Gordon R. Mitchell (eds.), Hitting First: Preventive Force in US Security Strategy (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), in Choice 44 (March 2007): 1240.


CONFERENCE PAPERS


“Terrorism as Revolution: Theorizing Clandestine Political Violence.” Presented at the 2010 Midwestern Political Science Association annual meeting.

“An Argument Against Arguments: Promoting Analytical Rigor in Undergraduate Research.” Presented at the 2010 Midwestern Political Science Association annual meeting.

“The Imperatives of Primacy: The Bush Doctrine and the Logic of Hegemonic Stability Theory.” Presented at the 2004 Joint Conference of the ISA International Security Studies Section and the APSA International Security and Arms Control Section.

“Cultural Narratives and Political Violence: Using Discourse Analysis to Understand Terrorism.” Presented at the 2003 Joint Conference of the ISA International Security Studies Section and the APSA International Security and Arms Control Section.

“Visual Media, Popular Culture, Public Policy: The Role of Film in Shaping Perceptions of Terrorism in Northern Ireland.” Presented at the 2003 American Conference for Irish Studies Mid-Atlantic regional meeting.

“Understanding Historical Myths: The Importance of Cultural Narratives in Reinforcing Cycles of Political Violence.” Presented at the 2003 American Political Science Association annual meeting.

“American Pluralism and Judicial Lobbying: The ‘Political Exceptions’ Clause of the United States-United Kingdom Extradition Treaty and the Redefinition of Irish Republicans in American Courts.” Presented at the 2003 American Political Science Association annual meeting.

“Cultural Narratives and Political Violence: The Primary Motivations for Terrorism.” Presented at the 2002 Southern Political Science Association annual meeting.

“Winning the Battles but Losing the War?: Immediate Security vs. Understanding the Roots of Anti-Americanism in the Middle East.” Presented at the 2002 Joint Conference of the ISA-South, ISA-International Security Studies Section, and the APSA International Security and Arms Control Section.

“Lessons in Lobbying: Irish American Failure to Influence American Foreign Policy.” Presented at the 2001 American Conference for Irish Studies annual meeting.

“Perceptions of Northern Ireland in Political Film: The Intersection of Popular Attitudes and Public Policy.” Presented at the 2001 Western Political Science Association annual meeting.

“Inequality and Political Violence in a Divided Society: The Case of Northern Ireland.” Presented at the 2001 International Studies Association annual meeting.


DEVELOPMENTAL CONFERENCES

Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors (WPLA) 2014 annual meeting; $1000 travel grant awarded.

Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors (WPLA) 2013 annual meeting; $1500 travel grant awarded.

Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC) 2012 annual meeting; $1500 grant awarded.

Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors (WPLA) 2011 annual meeting; $500 grant awarded.

United States Army Leader’s Training Course (LTC) Educator’s Visit, July 2010.


INVITED LECTURES

Organizer, 2013 Constitution Day Celebration; Theme: “Individual Privacy in the Digital Age.”  Rocky Mountain College, September 2013.

Featured Panelist; “The Supreme Court and the Right to Privacy: Cases and Controversies.”  Rocky Mountain College Constitution Day Celebration, September 2013.

Guest Speaker; “Judicial Interpretation and the Second Amendment”  Montana Education Association / Montana Federation of Teachers Educators’ Conference, October 2012.

Featured Panelist; “Political Forum” on the 2012 Presidential election.  Montana Education Association / Montana Federation of Teachers Educators’ Conference, October 2012.

Organizer, 2012 Constitution Day Celebration; Theme: “The History and Adjudication of the Right to Bear Arms.”  Rocky Mountain College, September 2012.

Featured Panelist; “The Votes that Count: Theories of Judicial Interpretation.”
  Rocky Mountain College Constitution Day Celebration, September 2012.

Guest Speaker; “Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?” Montana Education Association / Montana Federation of Teachers Educators’ Conference, October 2009.

Featured Panelist; “Political Forum” on legislative processes. Montana Education Association / Montana Federation of Teachers Educators’ Conference, October 2009.

Guest Speaker; “Academic and Scholarly Approaches to Studying Terrorism.” To Invitational Honors Concert Students, Rocky Mountain College, February 2009.

Featured Panelist; “How a Fair and Independent Judiciary Safeguards Democracy.” Montana League of Women Voters' Constitution Day Celebration, September 2008.

Featured Panelist; “Quiz Your Professors: No Holds Barred.” University Housing Programs Roundtable Discussion. George Washington University, October 2007.

Discussant; “Winning the Un-War: A Strategy for the War on Terrorism.” Roundtable with author Charles Peña. George Washington University, April 2006.

Guest Speaker; “Competing Narratives in Northern Ireland: A Discursive Approach to Conflict Resolution in a Divided Society.” American University Washington Semester Program, Seminar on Peace and Conflict Resolution, January 2006.

Guest Speaker; “Domestic Sources of US Foreign Policy.” American University Washington Semester Program, Seminar on Foreign Policy Analysis, September 2005.

Featured Panelist; “Academic Freedom or Hate Speech?” University Honors Program “Professors in the Pub” Roundtable. George Washington University, March 2005.

Guest Speaker; “Understanding Terrorists and Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.” American University Washington Semester Program, Seminar on Peace and Conflict Resolution, January 2005.

Guest Speaker; “A Discursive Approach to Understanding Terrorism.” American University Washington Semester Program, Seminar on Peace and Conflict Resolution, September 2004.

Co-Chair & Discussant; “Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the 21st Century.” Special Event in the training of HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. George Washington University, November 2003.

Moderator; “Congressional Office Debate: Shaping Tomorrow’s Policies with Today’s Actions.” George Washington University, November 2003.

Featured Panelist; “Legitimate and Illegitimate Wars.” University Honors Program “Professors in the Pub” Roundtable. George Washington University, March 2003.


MEDIA AND COMMENTARY

“The Ins and Outs of the Honors Program,” interview in The Summit (RMC student newspaper), February 3, 2014.

“Uncertainty Remains in Egypt,” interview for KULR-8 Evening News (Billings NBC Affiliate), February 14, 2010.

“Focus on Faculty: ROTC Program Succeeding at RMC,” interview in Rocky Now, November 2010.

“Irish-Americans Celebrate Ancestors’ Achievements,” Daily News (Los Angeles), March 17, 1999.


TEACHING AND RESEARCH POSITIONS

AFL-CIO Working for America Institute
Research Assistant/Consultant, Jan.- June 2002

Montgomery College
Political Science Instructor, Spring 2002

Northern Virginia Community College
Political Science Instructor, Spring 2002

University of Southern California
Teaching Assistant, Fall 2000 & Spring 2000

Pasadena City College
Political Science Instructor, Spring 1997


CITIZENSHIP

United States of America
Republic of Ireland


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Political Science Association
International Studies Association
American Conference for Irish Studies
Political Film Society
Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors




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