Carnegie Mellon University

Martha Dunigan

Martha Dunigan

Lecturer, Institute for Politics and Strategy


Molly Dunigan is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Social and Decision Sciences. Her research interests center on international security, with a focus on private military and security contractors, civil–military relations, irregular warfare, counterinsurgency, security force assistance, maritime security, and arms control. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a U.S. Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Fellowship, a U.S. State Department Foreign Language Areas Studies Fellowship, and an International Studies Association Catalytic Research Grant.

Prominent among Dunigan's published work are Victory for Hire: Private Security Companies' Impact on Military Effectiveness (Stanford University Press, 2011), The Markets for Force: Privatization of Security Across World Regions (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming in 2015), and the RAND reports Hired Guns: Views About Armed Contractors in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Cotton et al., 2010) and Out of the Shadows: The Health and Well-Being of Private Contractors Working in Conflict Environments (Dunigan et al., 2013).

An internationally recognized expert on private security contracting, Dunigan's work on this topic has been cited in USA Today, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes Magazine. Dunigan's publications have been favorably reviewed in Military Review, The Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, The Journal of Military History, Survival, Parameters, and The Boston Globe, and her op-eds have appeared in The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, and The Christian Science Monitor.

Dunigan received her Ph.D. in government from Cornell University in 2008.