School of Conflict Management, Peacebuilding and Development

Academics / PhD in International Conflict Mgmt: Current Students

Current Ph.D. Students

Kevin McMahon


Kevin McMahon is a doctoral student in the Ph.D. program in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University. He received a B.S. in Accounting cum laude from Boston College and holds an MBA in Finance from the Lubin School of business at Pace University, a Masters in Theology from Fordham University, and a Sarbanes-Oxley Certificate from Tulane University Law School.

Prior to entering the INCM program, McMahon served as Treasurer for a Global Fortune 500 financial institution. He also has extensive experience in investment banking as a trader, computer programmer, and quantitative analyst with Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Salomon Brothers in New York, Boston, and London.

Kevin’s research interests include the use of social media in violence prevention and containment, the responsibilities of global corporations in peace building processes, the role of local religious leaders as a balance to violence promoters, research addressing the extent that the emerging spread of cyberwar changes the playbook for conflict management, the utility of big data tools for conflict warning and mitigation, and the interplay between culture, religion, and internet communication technologies.

McMahon has served on numerous community boards including the Chattanooga Red Cross, the Finance Committee of Memorial Hospital, and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera. Closer to home, his volunteer work in the female wards of Tennessee prisons has led to a research interest in gender sentencing differentials.

Areas of Interest
Social media in violence prevention and containment, the responsibilities of global corporations in peace building processes, gender sentencing differentials