Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Office: Olney 365
Michael Boyle is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at La Salle University in Philadelphia. He was previously a Lecturer in International Relations and Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St. Andrews. He is also an alumnus of the Political Science Department at La Salle.
His research interests are on terrorism and political violence, with particular reference to the strategic use of violence in insurgencies and civil wars. He has also published more broadly on security studies and American foreign policy. His writings have appeared in a range of scholarly journals and popular outlets, including regular columns for the Guardian (UK). He is currently finishing a book manuscript on violence in post-conflict states.
Areas of Expertise
- Terrorism and Political Violence
- Strategic Studies
- U.S. Foreign Policy
- Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 2005
- M.P.P., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2001
- M.Phil, University of Cambridge, 1999
- BA, La Salle University, 1998
- POL 151: Principles of American Government
- POL 377: U.S. Contemporary Security Priorities
- HON 355: Revolutions, Violence and Terror
- POL 480/481: Senior Seminar
Fellowships & Experience
- Lecturer and Research Fellow, Center for Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), University of St. Andrews (2006-2010)
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, (2005-2006)
- Fulbright Postgraduate Fellowship, Australian National University (2004-2005)
- Hamburg Fellow in Conflict Prevention, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University (2003-2004)
- “Policing the New Protectorates” in James Mayall and Ricardo Santos Soares de Oliveria (eds.) The New Protectorates: International Tutelage and the Making of Liberal States ( Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2011)
- “Between Freedom and Fear: Explaining the Consensus Between Democracy and Terrorism in U.S. Foreign Policy” International Politics, 48 (March/May 2011).
- “Do Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency Go Together?” International Affairs 86:2 (March 2010)
- “Revenge and Reprisal Killings in Kosovo” Conflict Security and Development 10:2 (May 2010).
- “Bargaining, Fear and Denial: The Logic of Violence in Iraq 2004-2007” Terrorism and Political Violence 21:2(2009).
- “Explaining Strategic Violence after Wars,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 32:3(March 2009)
- ”A War in Search of a Rationale,” International Affairs 84:5 (September 2008)
- “A Case against Critical Terrorism Studies,” co-authored with John Horgan, Critical Studies on Terrorism (April 2008)
- ”The War on Terror in American Grand Strategy,” International Affairs (March 2008)
- “Explaining Violence after Wars,” International Studies Association, Montreal, Canada, 16 March 2011
- “The American Way of Intervention,” with Anthony F. Lang, American Political Science Association, 2 September 2010.
- “When is a State a Terrorist?” Terrorism from a Multi-Disciplinary Perspective workshop, University of St. Andrews, 30 September 2009.
- “The Logic of Violence in Post-Conflict States” International Studies Association, New York City, 16 February 2009.
- “Killing with Kindness: the Impact of IO/NGO Activity on Violence in Wartime” (co-authored with Kelly Greenhill), American Political Science Association, Boston, MA, 1 September 2008.
- “Bargaining, Fear and Denial: Explaining the Dynamic of Violence in Iraq” International Studies Association, San Francisco, 28 March 2008.
- “War Crimes Indictments and Conflict Strategies” (co-authored with William W. Burke-White, University of Pennsylvania), International Studies Association, San Francisco, 30 March 2008.