Having published numerous academic journal articles on terrorism, Islamist militancy, and global crime, Kenney now serves on the Editorial Board of Terrorism and Political Violence, a leading journal in the field. Supported by the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, and the National Institute of Justice, he’s conducted field research around the world in places like Brazil, Colombia, Israel, Morocco, and Spain.

Teaching and Research Areas

Kenney’s research is focused on these key areas:

  • Terrorism and counter-terrorism
  • Islamist militancy
  • Social network analysis
  • Drug control policy
  • International relations
  • Organization theory
  • Qualitative research methods


Select Publications and Funded Research

  • The Islamic State in Britain: Radicalization and Resilience in an Activist Network. Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • “Cyber-Terrorism in a Post-Stuxnet World,” Orbis: A Journal of World Affairs 59, no. 1 (Winter 2015), pp. 111-128.
  • Office of Naval Research, U.S. Department of the Navy, "Competitive Adaptation in Terrorist Networks," 2009-2012, $3.1 million.
  • From Pablo to Osama: Trafficking and Terrorist Networks, Government Bureaucracies, and Competitive Adaptation. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007. 

Awards and Honors

  •  Nominee, U.S. Attorney General's Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Community Parternship for Public Safety," 2018.


Other Academic Positions

  • Wesley W. Posvar Chair in International Security Studies 
  • Director, Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies
  • Affiliate scholar, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security