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Faculty and Staff

Christine Sixta-Rinehart

Title: Director of Academic Program Assessment (Palmetto College)
Professor of Political Science (USC Union)
USC Union
Phone: 864-762-0025
Office: James F Byrnes Building, 306C
Office: (803) 576-7839


Dr. Sixta Rinehart joined Palmetto College in 2014. She holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina in Political Science (International Relations and Comparative Politics).


Dr. Rinehart regularly teaches classes on American Government, State Government, South Carolina Government, the American Chief Executive, Psychology and Politics, US Foreign Policy, and Social Movements and Interest Groups.


Dr. Sixta Rinehart’s research focuses on terrorism and counterterrorism.  She particularly focuses on UAV targeted killing, international terrorist organizations, and female terrorists. 

Selected Publications

Rinehart, Christine Sixta. (June 2019).  Sexual Jihad: The Role of Islam in Female Terrorism.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Rinehart, Christine Sixta. (Published October 2018 Paperback, December 2016 Hardback).  Drones and Targeted Killing in the Middle East and Africa: An Appraisal of American Counterterrorism Policies.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Rinehart, Christine Sixta.  (Published June 2014 Paperback, 2012 Hardback).  Volatile Social Movements and the Origins of Terrorism: The Radicalization of Change.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

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