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Ivan Sascha SheehanFaculty

associate professor
School of Public and International Affairs

Additional Roles:

director, M.S. in Negotiations and Conflict Management program
director, M.A. in Global Affairs and Human Security program

Contact Information:

Phone: 410.837.5328
Ivan Sascha Sheehan's website and C.V. (.pdf)

M.S., Ph.D., George Mason University
B.A., Swarthmore College

Ivan Sascha Sheehan specializes in the intersection of global terrorism, counterterrorism and international conflict management. He came to the University of Baltimore in 2009 after serving on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the John W. McCormack School of Policy Studies. A frequent speaker on U.S. counterterrorism efforts, Sheehan has addressed diverse audiences from academic forums in Europe and at Harvard Law School to policymakers in U.S. Congress and the National Press Club. He continues to serve as a subject matter expert and consultant on a range of public-policy matters.

Sheehan's early research—including his first book—involved quantitative analyses of terrorism incident data and examined the impact of preemptive force on terrorist activity. He has also published in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to evidence-based counterterrorism policy, terrorism courses, terror tagging, counterinsurgency, suicide terrorism and regime change from within. Sheehan's latest work involves both peer-reviewed scholarship and policy-oriented writing on the Islamic Republic of Iran and their democratic political opposition.

Before coming to the University of Baltimore, Sheehan taught at Bentley College, Tufts University and George Mason University after receiving his Ph.D. in 2006.

Sheehan's first book, When Terrorism and Counterterrorism Clash: The War on Terror and the Transformation of Terrorist Activity , was published in December 2007. His articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, Al JazeeraThe Washington Times, The Hill, Roll Call, The Baltimore Sun, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, United Press International, Townhall and in numerous academic journals. Sheehan's publications have been translated into French and Farsi, and he has participated in media around the world. 

A recipient of the 2015 President’s Faculty Award for outstanding contributions related to teaching, research, and service in support of the university’s mission, Sheehan has twice been elected president of the College of Public Affairs Faculty Senate.

In 2016, Sheehan was a recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for excellence in mentoring. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents in recognition of exemplary faculty achievements.

Current Research Interests:

  • terrorism, counterterrorism and U.S. foreign policy
  • policy analysis and evaluation of terrorism incident data
  • international conflict management
  • cross-cultural, religious and ethnic conflict
  • fragile states and post-conflict reconstruction/stabilization
  • U.S.-Iran policy/opposition movements

Selected Publications:


Journal Articles

  • (2015) "Balancing Ends, Ways, and Means: The Case for Reviving Support for ‘Regime Change from Within’ in Iran." The Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, Syracuse University (Spring 2015: 10th Edition, pp. 27-36).
  • (2014) "Are Suicide Terrorists Suicidal? A Critical Assessment of the Evidence." Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience (Volume 11, Issue 9-10, pp. 81–92).
  • (2014) "What Is 'Regime Change From Within?' Unpacking the Concept in the Context of Iran." Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), Wiley-Blackwell (Volume 23, Issue 2, pp. 385-403).
  • (2014) "Conflict Transformation as Counterinsurgency." Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group (Volume 26, Issue 1, pp. 121-128).
  • (2013) "Challenging a Terrorist Tag in the Media: Framing the Politics of Resistance and an Iranian Opposition Group." Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), Wiley-Blackwell (Volume 22, Issue 2, pp. 229-261).
  • (2012) "Mapping Contemporary Terrorism Courses at Top-Ranked National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States." Perspectives On Terrorism (Volume 6, Issue 2).
  • (2011) "Assessing and Comparing Terrorism Data Sources." In C. Lum and L. W. Kennedy (Eds.), Evidence-Based Counterterrorism Policy. New York, NY: Springer.
  • (2009) “Has the War on Terrorism Changed the Terrorist Threat?” Studies in Conflict &Terrorism, Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group (Volume 32, Issue 8, pp. 743-761).

Recent Presentations:

  • American Political Science Association Annual Conference (2015)
  • World Congress of Middle East Studies (2014)
  • International Studies Association Annual Meetings (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Middle East Dialogue/Policy Studies Association (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • UK Political Studies Association (2014)
  • Southern Political Science Association (2014, 2016)
  • Joint International Security Studies/International Security and Arms Control Section Conference (2013)
  • UNO Global Studies Conference (2013)
  • Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation (2013)