Mark A. Shirk


Mark Shirk is a Teaching Fellow at Stonehill College starting in Fall of 2016.  He got his PhD from the University of Maryland and has taught at the University of Maryland, American University, Dickinson College, and the Universities at Shady Grove. 

His research is on the role of transnational violence such as piracy and terrorism in shaping global order in the modern era.  He has published work in International Studies ReviewTerrorism and Political Violence, and Global Peace, Change, and Security in addition to a chapter in an edited volume on 19th century International Relations. His research, which included archival research in the UK and France and interviews with US policymakers, was funded by the Horowitz Foundation, where he also won the Harold K. Lasswell Dissertation Award for International Relations.

In addition to introductory courses in International Relations and Research Methods, Mark teaches upper level courses on Security, Terrorism, American Foreign Policy, and Middle Politics at Stonehill.  He has previously taught courses on Globalization, Environmental Politics, and Political Philosophy.  Mark splits his time between Massachusetts and Baltimore, where he lives with his wife and dog.  He is a proud Yankees fan.


  • BA, Dickinson College, History
  • MA, The New School, International Affairs
  • PhD, University of Maryland – College Park, Government and Politics