Dr. Jacob A. Mauslein is an Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University. He received a B.A. in History from Washburn University (magna cum laude) in 2007, an M.A. in Political Science from Kansas State University in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Security Studies from Kansas State University in 2014. Dr. Mauslein comes to Mercyhurst after four years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Oklahoma State University. During his time at OSU, he taught courses focused on international relations and conflict. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Mauslein was also the Associate Editor of Political Research Quarterly – one of the top-ranked generalist journals in Political Science – from 2014 to 2018.
Dr. Mauslein has several publications in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Terrorism and Political Violence. His research highlights the geospatial aspects of international terrorism, such as local human and physical geographic characteristics that increase the prevalence of terrorist attacks. His research also highlights the political, interstate dynamics of cyber attacks and other forms of digital protest. Dr. Mauslein’s current research continues to build upon the geospatial aspects of terrorist targeting preferences, as well as the interstate factors that increase cyber attacks, cyber terrorism, and cyber espionage.