Lindsey O’Rourke joined Boston College’s Political Science department in autumn 2014. Her research interests include international relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, international security, and military strategy. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the causes, conduct, and consequences of U.S.-orchestrated covert regime changes during the Cold War, as well as a series of related articles on the impact of regime change on interstate relations.
Before joining the faculty at Boston College, O’Rourke was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, she will be teaching “U.S. Foreign Policy since 1945,” “The World Wars,” and “Seminar on Foreign-Imposed Regime Change.”
Covert Regime Change: America's Secret Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2018)
O’Rourke, Lindsey A. (2009) “What’s Special about Female Suicide Terrorism?” Security Studies, 18:4, Pgs. 681-718.
O’Rourke, Lindsey; Pape, Robert; and McDermit, Jenna (March 30, 2010) “What Makes Chechen Women so Dangerous?”
The New York Times, Op-Ed Contributor.
O’Rourke, Lindsey A. (August 2, 2008) “Behind the Woman Behind the Bomb,” The New York Times, Op-Ed Contributor.
Reprinted in The International Herald Tribune (August 4, 2008) and De Morgen, (August 5, 2008