Charles Mahoney

Charles Mahoney

Charles MahoneyOffice: SSPA 229

Phone: (562) 985-8203


I am Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach.

My broad area of focus is international relations with specialization in international security. My research focuses on two areas: 1) violent extremist organizations; 2) defense contractors and private military companies. I received my B.A. in History from Williams College and my M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA.

Scholarly Publications:

“Corporate Hackers: Outsourcing US Cyber Capabilities.” Strategic Studies Quarterly (2021)

“United States Defense Contractors and the Future of Military Operations.” Defense & Security Analysis (2020)

“Acquire or Expire: Publicly Traded Defense Contractors, Financial Markets, and Consolidation in the U.S. Defense Industry.” Defense and Peace Economics (2019)

“End of the Cycle: Assessing ETA’s Strategies of Terrorism,Small Wars and Insurgencies (2018)

“Empty Threats: How Extremist Organizations Bluff in Terrorist Campaigns.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (2018).

“More Data, New Problems: Audiences, Ahistoricity, and Selection Bias in Terrorism and Insurgency Research.” International Studies Review (2017).

“Splinters and Schisms: Rebel Group Fragmentation and the Durability of Insurgencies.” Terrorism and Political Violence (2017).

“Buyer Beware: How Market Structure Affects Contracting and Company Performance in the Private Military Industry.” Security Studies Vol. 17, No. 1 (2017), pp. 30-59.

Policy Articles:

“Lessons the U.S. Can Learn from Taiwan—Public Health is a Matter of National Security.” Taiwan News

“Private Defense Companies are Here to Stay—What Does that Mean for National Security?” The Conversation