Assistant Professor of Homeland Security, Department of Security Studies and International Affairs
Security Studies and International Affairs Dept
Daytona College of Arts & Sciences
Daytona Beach campus

Areas of Expertise

Middle Eastern Affairs, U.S. Foreign Policy, National Security, Strategic Studies, Iraqi Politics 

Dr. Diane L. Maye is an assistant professor of Homeland Security and Global Conflict Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an affiliated scholar at George Mason University. She writes and does research on issues that involve security and governance in the Middle East, U.S. defense policy, and national security strategy. Prior to her work in academia, Diane served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and worked in the defense industry. 


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, George Mason University
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Security Studies, Naval Postgraduate School
  • B.S. - Bachelor of Science in Political Science, United States Air Force Academy

  • HS 280: Prof Skills in Homeland Sec
  • SS 336: Mdrn Middle East World Affairs
  • HS 450: Advanced Topics in Terrorism
  • SS 115: Intro to International Rel

  • HS 110 Introduction to Homeland Security
  • HS 280 Professional Skills in Homeland Security
  • HS 450 Advanced Topics in Terrorism
  • HS 491 Thesis in Homeland Security
  • SS 115 Introduction to International Relations
  • SS 336 Modern Middle East in World Affairs 

Peer-Reviewed Publications & Books 

Maye, D.L. (forthcoming, 2018). The Politics of Foreign Influence: Power and Decision-Making in Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Westphalia Press: Washington, D.C. 

Maye, D.L. (2017). Autarky or Interdependence? U.S. vs. European Security and Defense Industries in a Globalized Market. Journal of Strategic Security 10(2): 33-47. doi 10.5038/1944-0472.10.2.1597

Barron, B. and Maye, D. L. (2017). Does ISIS satisfy the criteria of an apocalyptic Islamic cult? An evidence-based historical qualitative meta-analysis. Journal of Terrorism Research 8(1): 18 – 33. doi 10.15664/jtr.1264

Maye, D. L. (2016). Understanding the Sunni Awakening with Complexity Theory. Digest of Middle East Studies 24(1): 132 154. doi 10.1111/dome.12077

Maye, D. L. (2016). Foreword. CTS1 SmartBook: Counterterrorism, WMD and Hybrid Threats. Lakeland, FL: Lightning Press.

Maye, D. L., Bushman, B. (2015). Ed. Foundations of Terrorism. San Diego: Cognella Academic. 

Subject Matter Analysis

Maye, D. L., Kessler, G., Richman, A. (2017). “Artificial Intelligence in Shaping Preferences and Countering Radicalization,” Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Available: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/cs/groups/dbassesite/documents/ webpage/dbasse_179881.pdf

Maye, D. L. (2017). “Post-ISIL Iraq and the Regional Balance of Power,” NSI for CENTCOM Strategic Multilayer Analysis 

Maye, D. L. (2016). “Post-ISIL Iraq and Regional Stability,” NSI for CENTCOM Strategic Multilayer Analysis 

Maye, D. L. (2016). “Shi’ia Militia Groups (Ha’shd al Shaabi),” NSI for CENTCOM Strategic Multilayer Analysis 

Cobb, S., et. al. (2016). “From Countermessaging to Narrative Transformation: Information Operations 2.0,” NSI for CENTCOM Strategic Multilayer Analysis 

Dissertation

Maye, D.L. (2015). Switching Sides: Political Power, Alignment, and Alliances in Post-Saddam Iraq. George Mason University. Available: http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/doc/1773285499.html?FMT=ABS

In the News

“Forced searches of phones and laptops at U.S. border are illegal.” coverage by New York Times.  September 14, 2017, interviewing Professor Diane L. Maye.

“Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at border.” coverage by Associated Press.  September 14, 2017, interviewing Professor Diane L. Maye.

“U.S. Foreign Policy and the Islamic State,” Coverage by Radio Algeria, January 14, 2015, interview with Professor Diane L. Maye.

Print Media

Maye, D.L. (2017). Trump’s Reversal on Transgendered Troops Hurts the Military. Editorial.  Savannah Morning News.

Maye, D.L. (2017). Trans ban unfair, unneeded. Editorial.  Las Vegas Sun News.

Maye, D.L. (2017). Warrantless Searches of Electronic Devices are Growing: When Will It Stop? Editorial. Doctrine Blog.

Maye, D. L. (2017). Paris Agreement has Implications for Armed Forces. Editorial. Daytona Beach News Journal.

Maye, D. L. (2016). Iraq Update: The Battle for Fallujah. In Homeland Security.

Maye, D. L. (2016). When Does Putin Become our Stalin? The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D. L. (2016). Growing Up Military American. The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D. L. (2016). Reviewing “The Strategist.” The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D.L., et. al. (2016). 2016 Global Outlook. The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D.L., et. al. (2016). In All Great Action, There is Risk. The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D.L., et. al. (2016). Three Scenarios for Yemen. The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D.L., et. al. (2015). Its 2026 and the U.S. is about to Invade Iran: Operation Iranian Freedom. The National Interest.

Maye, D. L. (2015). The Middle East and North Africa's Crisis of Governance. Military One.  

Maye, D. L. (2015).  Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units vs. the Sahwa. Terrorism Research Analysis Consortium Insight.

Maye, D. L. (2015). Fiction for the Strategist. The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D. L. (2015). Out Jihad the Jihadi. The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D. L. (2015). The Islamic State: Existential Threat or Terrorism? In Homeland Security.

Maye, D. L. (2015). Iraq Update: The Hash’d al Shaabi. In Homeland Security.

Maye, D. L. (2015). The Islamic State is a Fever. In Homeland Security.

Maye, D. L. (2015). The “Islamic State” and the Future of War. The Strategy Bridge.

Maye, D. L. (2015). We Know How to Strike but Can We Achieve Victory? ISN Zurich.

Maye, D. L. (2011). Contractor Challenges in Iraq. Small Wars Journal



Dr. Maye is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where she served as an officer in Washington, D.C., Maryland, the Republic of Korea, and California. Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Maye worked in the defense industry doing foreign military sales, business development, capture management, and integrated security. She also spent nearly two years in Baghdad, Iraq managing over 400 bilingual-bicultural advisors to the Department of Defense and U.S. State Department.