Angela O'Mahony

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Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Senior Political Scientist, RAND
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in political science, University of California, San Diego; B.A. in economics, University of California, Los Angeles


Angela O'Mahony is assistant dean for academic affairs at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Some of the topics she has examined are the effectiveness of U.S. security cooperation and defense posture, multinational interoperability, the implications of international political and economic scrutiny on governments' decision making, the causes and consequences of transnational political behavior, public support for terrorism, and the role of social media in public policy analysis. From 2003 to 2011, O'Mahony was an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

Previous Positions

Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of British Columbia

Recent Projects

  • Chasing Multinational Interoperability: Values, Objectives and Strategies
  • Assessing, Monitoring, and Evaluating Army Security Cooperation: A Framework for Implementation
  • Priority Challenges for Social and Behavioral Research and its Modeling
  • What are the Trends in Armed Conflicts, and What Do They Mean for U.S. Defense Policy?
  • Assessing Security Cooperation as a Preventive Tool

Selected Publications

, Social-Behavioral Modeling for Complex Systems. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Paul K. Davis, Angela O'Mahony and Jonathan Pfautz, eds. 2019.

Paul K. Davis and Angela O'Mahony, "“Special Issue: Representing Social Science in National-Security-Related Modeling and Simulation," Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, 14(1), 2017

Angela O'Mahony, "Political Investment: Remittances and Elections," British Journal of Political Science, 2013

Benjamin Nyblade and Angela O'Mahony, "Migrants’ Remittances and Home Country Elections: Cross-National and Sub-National Evidence," Studies in Comparative and International Development, 49(1), 2014

Angela O'Mahony, "Engineering Good Times: Fiscal Manipulation in a Global Economy," British Journal of Political Science, 41(2), 2011

Susan D. Hyde and Angela O'Mahony, "International Scrutiny and Pre-Electoral Fiscal Manipulation in Developing Countries," Journal of Politics, 72(2), 2010

Benjamin Nyblade and Angela O'Mahony, "Playing with Fire: Pre-Electoral Fiscal Manipulation and the Risk of a Speculative Attack," International Studies Quarterly (forthcoming)

David A. Lake and Angela O'Mahony, "The Incredible Shrinking State: Explaining Change in the Territorial Size of Countries," Journal of Conflict Resolution, 48(5), 2004

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal Award and Innovation Award, RAND