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Richard J. Kilroy, Jr.

Nonresident Scholar


Richard J. Kilroy Jr., Ph.D., is a nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute Center for the U.S. and Mexico. He is a professor of politics at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, where he teaches courses in the Intelligence and National Security Studies degree program. Kilroy previously taught at East Carolina University, the Virginia Military Institute and National Defense University. He also worked as a defense contractor, teaching courses for the U.S. Air Force’s Air War University and the U.S. Army’s Special Warfare Center and School.

Prior to entering academia, Kilroy completed 23 years of active duty military service in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence and Latin America foreign area officer. He attended the Mexican Army Escuela Superior de Guerra while serving in the Defense Attaché Office in Mexico City. Kilroy also served as a political-military affairs officer in the U.S. Southern Command, Panama and was selected to be a special assistant to Generals Barry McCaffrey and Wes Clark.

Kilroy is editor of “Threats to Homeland Security: An All Hazards Perspective” (J. Wiley and Sons, 2018; 2007), co-editor of “Colonial Disputes and Territorial Legacies in Africa and Latin America” (Northeast Asian Historical Society, 2010) and co-author of “North American Regional Security: A Trilateral Framework?” (Lynne Rienner, 2012). He has also published articles on North American security, homeland security, Latin American defense issues and intelligence studies in numerous academic journals. Kilroy received a B.S. in political science from Santa Clara University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

Contact at rkilroy@coastal.edu or 843-349-6927.