Matthew O’Gara

Contact Information

Professor of Political Science
Director, RMC Honors Program
B.A. California State University, Northridge
M.A. San Diego State University
Ph.D. University of Southern California
Phone: 406.238.7384
Office: Morledge-Kimball Hall 214


A Southern California native, Matthew O'Gara came to RMC in 2008 after teaching for six years in Washington, DC. With specialties in terrorism, political violence, and revolution, his primary scholarly goal is the creation of a theoretical taxonomy of terrorist groups, and to this end he is currently working on a book titled Cultural Narratives and Political Violence, which focuses on the sociopolitical factors that lead to the formation of violent revolutionary movements. He is a citizen of both the United States and Ireland, has done field research in Belfast, and is an avid reader of political fiction.

Research Interests

  • Terrorism and political violence
  • Revolutionary movements
  • Ethnic Conflict
  • Culture and politics

Courses Taught

  • POL 318: Visions of Utopia
  • POL 405: Mass Movements and Global Terrorism
  • POL 422: Revolutions and Revolutionaries
  • POL 427: The Crisis of Modernity


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