Daniel Troy graduated from Davidson College with a BA in History in 2004, and from the University of Chicago with an MA in International Relations in 2006. He received honors on his Master’s thesis on US-Russian relations in the former Soviet states. Prior to starting the PhD program at OSU, he spent 6 years working as a defense consultant, advising Department of Defense clients on issues pertaining to counterinsurgency and other types of irregular warfare. From 2009-2011, he was a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) where he worked primarily for the special operation forces (SOF) community. Prior to working at BAH he was a Policy Analyst and Consultant for SAIC from 2006-2009, where he worked at the Pentagon, in the Stability Operations Directorate in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, as well as at the National Defense University.
His research will focus on the British “southern strategy” to pacify Georgia and the Carolinas beginning in 1779, with particular focus on British implementation of the strategy and efforts to recruit sufficient numbers of Loyalist supporters. He is particularly interested in how the local dynamics of the conflict influenced levels of support for each side. He is also interested in other guerrilla and partisan conflicts, particularly the Irish War for Independence and Civil War, as well as The Troubles in Northern Ireland from 1969-1999.