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James J. Coyle, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty

Office: School of Public Policy (SPP)
Phone: (310) 506-7691
Fax: (310) 506-7494

  • Ph.D., Political Science, George Washington University
  • M.P.A., Temple University
  • B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Over the past 25 years, James Coyle has held a number of positions in the federal government, including director of Middle East studies at the U.S. Army War College; first secretary for political-military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara; senior political analyst for Palestinian affairs; and special assistant to the FBI/New York Joint Terrorism Task Force. He is co-author of Culture and Conflict in the Middle East published in December 2003 by Prentice-Hall. Coyle speaks and/or reads Turkish, Persian, French, and German in various degrees of proficiency.

Coyle's areas of teaching expertise include: terrorism, national security strategy, Middle East politics, issues in intelligence, comparative politics, international relations, American politics, European and Eurasian politics, and political risk analysis.

Coyle received his bachelor of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, his master's degree in public administration from Temple University, and a PhD in political science from George Washington University. His dissertation topic was "Nationalism in Iranian Kurdistan."

Coyle is director of Chapman University's Center for Global Education.

  • MPP 664 National Security and Freedom
  • MPP 607 Policy Seminar: Middle East
  • MPP 681 Politics Past and Present: History and Wealth of Cities
Academic Interests:
  • American Politics
  • Comparative politics
  • European and Eurasian Politics
  • International Relations
  • Issues in Intelligence
  • Middle East Politics
  • National Security Strategy
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Terrorism