Molly Dunigan is a senior political scientist and associate director of the Defense and Political Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation. She is also a lecturer in Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Politics and Strategy. Her research interests center on international security, with a focus on private military and security contractors, civil–military relations, irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, maritime security, and civilian deployment. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship, a U.S. State Department Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowship, and an International Studies Association Catalytic Research Grant.
Prominent among Dunigan's published work are Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness (Stanford University Press, 2011), The Markets for Force: Privatization of Security Across World Regions (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), and RAND reports Out of the Shadows: The Health and Well-Being of Private Contractors Working in Conflict Environments (Dunigan et al., 2013) and Expeditionary Civilians: Creating a Viable Practice of Department of Defense Civilian Deployment (Dunigan et al., 2016).
An internationally recognized expert on private security contracting, Dunigan's work on this topic has been cited in USA Today, Time Magazine, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes. Dunigan's publications have been favorably reviewed in Military Review, The Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, The Journal of Military History, Survival, Parameters, and The Boston Globe, and her op-eds have appeared in USA Today, The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, and The Christian Science Monitor.
Dunigan received her Ph.D. in government from Cornell University.
Molly Dunigan, Susan Everingham, Todd Nichols, Michael Schwille, Susanne Sondergaard, Expeditionary Civilians: Creating a Viable Practice of Department of Defense Civilian Deployment, RAND Corporation (RR-975), 2016
Molly Dunigan, The Markets for Force: Privatization of Security Across World Regions, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015
Molly Dunigan, Carrie Farmer, Rachel Burns, Alison Hawks, Claude Messan Setodji, Out of the Shadows: The Health and Well Being of Private Contractors Working in Conflict Environments, RAND Corporation (RR-420), 2013
Molly Dunigan, Dick Hoffmann, Peter Chalk, Brian Nichiporuk, Paul DeLuca, Characterizing and Exploring the Implications of Maritime Irregular Warfare, RAND Corporation (MG-1127), 2012
Molly Dunigan, Considerations for the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce: Preparing to Operate Amidst Private Security Contractors, RAND Corporation (OP-359), 2012
Molly Dunigan, Victory For Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness, Stanford University Press, 2011
Molly Dunigan, Considerations for the Use of Private Security Contractors in Future U.S. Military Deployments, RAND Corporation (CT-349), 2010
Sarah K. Cotton, Ulrich Petersohn, Molly Dunigan, Ed O'Connell, Q Burkhart, Megan Zander-Cotugno, Michael Webber, Hired Guns: Views About Armed Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom, RAND Corporation (MG-987), 2010