Tom Badey


Thomas (Tom) Badey

Professor, Department of Political Science

Director, International Studies Program

Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia   

Tel. (804) 752-7233  

Tom Badey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, University College, in 1986 and earned a Master’s degree in Political Science focusing in Military and Security Studies, from the University of South Florida in 1987. In 1993 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg in Germany Founded in 1386 the University of Heidelberg is one of the oldest Universities in Europe.

Tom served nine years as a Security Policeman in the United States Air Force. After completing his Ph.D., he worked almost five years as an adjunct and visiting professor at the University of South Florida. In 1998 Tom accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Randolph-Macon College. He is currently a Professor in the Political Science Department and the director of the International Studies Program at Randolph-Macon College. He teaches a number of courses in International Relations and Comparative Politics, including courses on International Terrorism. He served twice as the president of the International Studies Association/Southern Region.

Tom is the editor of two anthologies:  Annual Editions: Violence and Terrorism (2015), currently in its 15th edition, and Annual Editions: Homeland Security the 4th edition published by McGraw-Hill/CLS in 2017. His primary area of research has been terrorism and political violence. 

Tom has also published a number of articles and book chapters including:

“The Dagger and the Noose: “The Historical Lessons of Religious Terrorism” Global Security Studies Vol. 1, Issue 2, Summer 2010, pp.153-171.

“U.S. Counterterrorism Policy: Change in Approach, Continuity in Policy” Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 27, No. 2 (August 2006) pp. 308-324.

“The Role of Religion in International Terrorism”, Sociological Focus, Vol. 35, No. 1, (February 2002), pp. 123-128.

“Nuclear Terrorism: Actor-based Threat Assessment”, Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Summer 2001), pp. 39-54.

"US Anti-terrorism Policy: The Clinton Administration", in Contemporary Security Policy, Vol. 19, No. 2, (August 1998), pp. 50-70.      

"Defining International Terrorism: A Pragmatic Approach", in Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 10, No. 1, (Spring 1998), pp. 90-107.

He is currently working on an article on U.S. counterterrorism policy.