Dr. Alethia Cook

Security Studies Seal

Short Bio

  • PhD Kent State University
  • Director of the Security Studies Program (2011-2016)
  • Chair of the Department of Political Science (2016-present)
  • Director of the MPA Program (2020-present)
  • Professor of Political Science (2021)


  • Homeland security and terrorism
  • Emergency response to terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction


  • SECS 1000 – Security Studies Introduction
  • SECS 4000 – Senior Seminar in Security Studies
  • SECS 6000 – Security Studies Fundamentals
  • SECS 6350 – Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • POLS 3080 – Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • POLS 438 – Politics of Terrorism
  • POLS 6382 – Global Terrorism


  • (2017) Terrorist Organizations and Weapons of Mass Destruction: US Threats, Responses, and Policies, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • (2017) and M. Olson Lounsbery, Conflict Dynamics: Civil Wars, Armed Actors, and Their Tactics, Atlanta, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • (2015) and M. Olson Lounsbery, “Negotiating Your Way out of Rivalry: Unassisted Conflict Resolution Efforts in Southeast Asia,” International Negotiation 20 (2): 242-268.
  • (2011) and M. Olson Lounsbery, “Rebellion, Mediation, and Group Change: An Empirical Investigation of Competing Hypotheses,” Journal of Peace Research 48 (1): 73-84.
  • (2011) and M. Olson Lounsbery, “Assessing the Risk Posed by Terrorist Groups: Identifying Motivating Factors and Threats,” Terrorism and Political Violence 23 (5): 711-729.
  • (2011) and M. Olson Lounsbery, Civil War Mediation Progression in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • (2010) “Securitization of Disease in the United States: Globalization, Public Policy, and Pandemics,” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 1 (1): 11-31.
  • (2010) “Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy: Symposium on Security Studies,” Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 1 (1): 3-9.
  • (2009) and J. Roshandel, The United States and Iran: Policy Challenges and Opportunities, New York: Macmillan.
  • (2009) Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorism: How Bureaucracies Reacted to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, London: A&C Black.
  • (2009) “Towards an Emergency Response Report Card: Evaluating the Response to the I-35W Bridge Collapse,” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 6 (1).
  • (2008) and D.B. Cohen, “Pandemic Disease: A Past and Future Challenge to Governance in the United States,” Review of Policy Research 25 (5): 449-471.
  • (2008) “Review of Cyber Security: Economic Strategies and Public Policy Alternatives,” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 5 (1).
  • (2006) and D.B. Cohen, “At the Intersection of Public Health and National Security: The Evolution of Smallpox Policy in the Clinton and GW Bush Administrations,” Politics & Policy 34 (1): 156-194.
  • (2004) D.B. Cohen, and D.J. Louscher, “The Needs of the Many: Biological Terrorism, Disease Containment, and Civil Liberties,” American National Security and Civil Liberties in an Era of Terrorism, 105-124.
  • (2003) I. Gutmanis, M.J. Lippitz, and J. Lupo, “Transformation and Transition: DARPA’s Role in Fostering an Emerging Revolution in Military Affairs. Volume 2-Detailed Assessments,” Institute for Defense Analysis.
  • (1998) D.J. Louscher, and V.D. Barto, “The Emerging Competitive Position of US Defense Firms in the International Market,” Defense Analysis 14 (2): 115-133.