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 The 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 serves as the 2015-2016 president of the College of Public Affairs Faculty Senate.
Current Research Interests:
U.S.-Iran policy/opposition movements