Pauline Moore

Pauline Moore
Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in international relations, University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); B.A. in international studies, Middlebury College


Pauline Moore is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on violent extremism, targeted violence, terrorism and counterterrorism, and safety and security in K-12 schools. She is the author of The Politics of Terror (with Erica Chenoweth; Oxford University Press 2018) and her research on foreign fighters has been published in the Journal of Peace Research. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, a MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in International Studies from Middlebury College.

Selected Publications

Erica Chenoweth & Pauline Moore, The Politics of Terror, Oxford University Press, 2018

Pauline Moore, "When do ties bind? Foreign fighters, social embeddedness and violence against civilians," Journal of Peace Research, 56(2), 2019

Pauline Moore "International Terrorism," in Derek S. Reveron, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, and John A. Cloud, The Oxford Handbook of U.S. National Security, Oxford University Press, 2018

Pauline Moore and Brian Jackson "Terrorism and Deterrence," in Murat Haner and Melissa M. Sloan, Theories of Terrorism: Contemporary Perspectives, Routledge, 2021


  • Gun Violence

    When Mass Shooters Are Seeking Fame

    What motivates mass shooters? And what might break the cycle of violence? Developing an effective policy response first requires better understanding of the factors that drive would-be attackers to kill.

    Jul 13, 2023

    The RAND Blog

  • Threat Assessment

    Climate, Technology, Trust: Ways to Help Students Report Threats to Their School

    When students or others don't know how to report a threat or aren't willing to do so, important opportunities to protect students may be missed. Schools receive little guidance about how to implement an effective reporting program or how to build a robust reporting culture. A recent research effort helps to fill this gap, highlighting seven key implications for school safety planning.

    Sep 29, 2022

    The 74

  • Russia

    Understanding Russia's Motivations, and Using Them

    The concept of ontological security could help explain Putin's war on Ukraine and his regime's reasoning. It's about maintaining a continuous sense of self, and in this case, of state identity. Putin may have deemed the invasion necessary to maintain a sense of continuity and order, where order is Russia's continued adversarial relationship with the West.

    Aug 19, 2022