Education:B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
M.A., West Virginia University
Ph.D., Walden University
About/Bio:Dr. Kennedy earned a Ph.D. in public policy and administration with a specialization in terrorism, mediation, and peace at Walden University. Her dissertation, “Evaluating U.S. Counterterrorism Policy on Domestic Terrorism Using the Global Terrorism Database,” is the basis for her research. Dr. Kennedy graduated with a M.A. in behavior analysis psychology from West Virginia University, and has completed 45 credit hours in graduate work in sociology at Loyola University. Areas of interest include: terrorism, peace and conflict studies, security studies, ethno-religious political violence, in particular the Northern Ireland conflict, public policy, military sociology, extreme deviance, race and ethnicity, gender, substance use, and social stratification. Dr. Kennedy is proficient in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Dr. Kennedy is a frequent guest speaker on terrorism and political violence within the Rockford University community and beyond.