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John Sawicki CSSp., PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University. He has taught courses on International Relations, Catholic Thought and Security in the Modern World, International Political Economy, Terrorism, and Crisis Management. He is frequently consulted as an expert on terrorism deterrence, and he has published articles on the subject including "Why Terrorists Use Female and Child Suicide Bombers."

Father Sawicki received his Master of Divinity at Catholic Theological Union, his Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy and his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is also the director of the Center for International Relations at Duquesne University.


  • Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy (MALD), The Fletcher School
  • Instituit Catholique de Lille (France): Diploma in Catechetics Catholic Theological Union: Master of Divinity
  • Heidelberg College: BA in History, Political Science, minor in Economics

  • POSC/IR 101 - Catholic Thought, the State, and Security in the Modern World
  • IR 102 - Careers in IR
  • IR/POSC 120 - International Political Economy
  • IR/POSC 360 - Crisis Management in Complex Emergencies
  • IR 391 - Advanced International Political Economy
  • IR 406/POSC 405 - Homeland Security
  • POSC/IR 407 - Terrorism
  • POSC/IR 422W - American Defense Policy
  • IR 491 - Internship
  • IR 493W - Directed Readings