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Talking Terror: Podcast

In September 2017 theTalking Terror podcast series was launched. The aim of this podcast is to provide listeners with the opportunity to hear from some of the best, and most influential, terrorism and counterterrorism researchers from around the world. Each episode will be dedicated to one individual researcher, in conversation with the TERC Director John Morrison. These conversations allow the listener to get an in-depth insight into the some of the best research on terrorism, from the researchers themselves. Within the episodes the guests discuss their own research, as well as the research by others who have influenced them. Links to those projects discussed in each episode can be found within the biographies of our guests. It is our aim that this podcast series will be worthwhile and interesting for a wide ranging audience. From students to professors, practitioners to those with a passing interest in understanding terrorism and counter-terrorism, we believe that there will be something for everyone within each episode. The list of guests below is preliminary, so be sure to check back regularly to see who else we have lined up.

It is currently available on SoundCloud and iTunes by searching for "Talking Terror" and will be available on other platforms shortly.

We hope that you enjoy this new venture. Be sure to send us your feedback via Twitter using #TalkingTerror.


Mary Beth Altier is a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Dr. Altier received her PhD from Princeton University and then worked as a postdoc on a project on terrorist disengagement, re-engagement, and recidivism at the Pennsylvania State University. She’s also conducted postdoctoral research on the stability of democracies formed during different wartime settings. Dr. Altier is currently working on a book manuscript based upon her dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association’s Ernst B. Haas Award in 2013. The project examines support for political parties associated with terrorists groups in relatively free and fair elections. She is also the 2015 recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on European Politics and Society’s Best Paper Award and has published her work in a number of journals including the Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, and Terrorism and Political Violence.

Research that has influenced Mary Beth's career

Kalyvas, S. (2006) The Logic of Violence in Civil War

Wilkinson, S. (2004) Votes and Violence: Electoral Competition and Ethnic Riots in India

Rusbult, Caryl (1980) Commitment and satisfaction in romantic associations. Journalof Experimental Psychology

Some of Mary Beth's key Research

Voting for Violence (2011)

Turning Away from Terrorism: Lessons from Psychology, Sociology and Criminology. With Christian N. Thoroughgood and John G. Horgan (2014)

Why They Leave: An Analysis of Terrorist Disengagement Events from Eighty-Seven Autobiographical Accounts. With Emma Leonard Boyle, Neil D. Shortland and John G. Horgan

Amarnath Amarasingam is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for StrategicDialogue, a Fellow at The George Washington University’s Program on Extremism,and Co-Directs a study of Western foreign fighters based at the University ofWaterloo. He is the author of Pain, Pride, and Politics: Sri Lankan Tamil Activism in Canada (2015). His research interests are in radicalization, terrorism, diaspora politics, post-war reconstruction, and the sociology ofreligion. He is the editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermathof War (2016), The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of Fake News (2011) and Religion and the New Atheism: A Critical Appraisal (2010). He is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has presented papers at over 100 national and international conferences, and has written for The New York Times, Politico, The Atlantic, Vice News, Foreign Affairs, and War on the Rocks. He tweets at @AmarAmarasingam.

Some research that has influenced Amarnath's career

Peter L. Berger and Thomas Luckman, T. (1967). The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge.

Anthony Giddens (1991). Modernity and Self-Identity: Self and Society in the Late Modern Age.

Ziad W. Munson (2009) The Making of Pro-Life Activists: How Social Movement Mobilization Works.

Some of Amarnath's key research

Pain, Pride, and Politics: Social Movement Activism and the Sri Lankan Tamil Diasporain Canada. (2015)

Talking to Foreign Fighters: Insights into the Motivations for Hijrah to Syria and Iraq. With Lorne L. Dawson (2016)

Where do ISIS Fighters Go When the Caliphate Falls? With Colin P. Clarke (2017)

Victor Asal currently serves as Chair of the Department of Public Administration and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is also, along with R. Karl Rethemeyer,  the co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict.  Dr. Asal is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. Dr. Asal’s   research focuses on the choice of violence by nonstate organizational actors as well as the causes of political discrimination by states against different groups such as sexual minorities, women and ethnic groups. In addition, Prof. Asal has done research on the impact of nuclear proliferation and on the pedagogy of simulations.  Asal has been involved in research projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The Department of Homeland Security, The National Science Foundation, and The Office of Naval Research.  

Some research that influenced Victor's career.

Martha Crenshaw (1981). The Causes of Terrorism.

Mark Juergensmeyer (2003). Terror in the mind of God: The global rise of religious violence.

Ted Robert Gurr (2000). People vs. states.

Some of Victor's key research

The nature of the beast: Organizational structures and the lethality of terrorist attacks. With R. Karl Rethemeyer (2008)

Gender ideologies and forms of contentious mobilization in the Middle East." With Richard Legault, Ora Szeleky, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld (2013)

A Shot Not Taken: Teaching About the Ethics of Political Violence 1, 2." With Marcus Schulzke (2012)

Daniel Byman is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.  Dr. Byman has served as a Professional Staff Member with both the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States (“The 9-11 Commission”) and the Joint 9/11 Inquiry Staff of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. He has also worked as the Research Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation and as an analyst of the Middle East for the U.S. intelligence community. Dr. Byman has written widely on a range of topics related to terrorism, international security, and the Middle East.  His publications have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, International Security, and numerous other scholarly, policy, and popular journalsHis books include Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism (Cambridge 2005) and A High Price:  The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism (Oxford, 2011). His latest book is Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jihadist Movement: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2015).  Dr. Byman received his BA in religion from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Research that influenced Daniel's career

Fouad Ajami (1986) The Vanished Imam: Musa al Sadr and the Shia of Lebanon

Bruce Hoffman (1998) Inside Terrorism

Alan Cullinson (2004) Inside Al Qaeda's Hard Drive

Some of Daniel's key research

A High Price: The Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism (2013)

Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Global Jiahdist Movement (2015)

Deadly Connections: States that Sponsor Terrorism (2005)

Thomas Hegghammer ( is senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and adjunct professor of political science at the University of Oslo. Trained in Middle East Studies at Oxford University and Sciences-Po in Paris, he has held fellowships at Harvard, Princeton, New York, and Stanford Universities, and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His books and edited volumes include Jihad in Saudi Arabia (Cambridge, 2010), The Meccan Rebellion (Amal, 2011), Saudi Arabia in Transition (Cambridge, 2014), Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists (Cambridge, forthcoming), and The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam, the Arab Afghans, and the Origins of Global Jihad (Cambridge, forthcoming). He is currently writing a history of jihadism for Penguin press. He also works on a few smaller projects, notably on jihadi culture, on the economic causes of jihadism, and on the migration-jihadism connection.

Some research that has influenced Thomas' career
Gilles Kepel (2003) Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

Louis Snyder (1984) Macro-Nationalisms: A History of the Pan-Movements

Dan Ariely (2010) Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions 

Some of Thomas' key research
Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists (2017)

Should I stay or should I go? Explaining variation in western Jihadists' choice between domestic and foreign fighting (2013)

Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and pan-Islamism since 1979 (2010) 

Javier Argomaniz is a lecturer at the University of Saint Andrews Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (HCSTPV), where he has published widely on the subject of state, non-state and civilian responses to political violence. His work has appeared in Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Cooperation and Conflict, Intelligence and National Security and a number of other peer-reviewed journals. He has co-directed two separate international and multi-disciplinary projects funded by the EU on the needs of victims of terrorism and the role of victims and former perpetrators in the prevention of conflict. Argomaniz is the author of Post-9/11 European Union counter-terrorism: Politics, Polity and Policies (Routledge, 2011) and co-editor and contributor to Victims of terrorism. A comparative and Interdisciplinary Study (Routledge, 2014), International Perspectives on Terrorism Victimisation. An Interdisciplinary Approach (Palgrave, 2015) and EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence: A Critical Assessment (Routledge, 2016).

Research that has influenced Javier's career

Martha Crenshaw (2011). Explaining terrorism: causes, processes, and consequences

Maria J. Stephan and Erica Chenoweth (2008) Why civil resistance works: the strategic logic of nonviolent conflict

John Horgan (2009). Walking away from terrorism: accounts of disengagement from radical and extremist movements.

Some of Javier's key research

Examining deterrence and backlash effects in counter-terrorism: the case of ETA. With Alberto Vidal-Diez (2015)

A battle of narratives: Spanish victims organizations International action to delegitimze terrorism and political violence. (2017)

Post 9/11 institutionalisation of European Union counter-terrorism: emergence, acceleration and inertia. (2009)


Dr. Gary LaFree is Director of START at the University of Maryland and a professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 1979.  LaFree is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and served as President of the ASC in 2005 to 2006.  He has also served on the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Crime, Law and Justice Committee and NAS’s Division of Behavioral and Economic Sciences and Education.  He was named a Distinguished Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland in 2012.  Much of LaFree's research is related to understanding criminal violence, and he is the senior member of the team that created and now maintains the Global Terrorism Database.

Some research that has influenced Gary's career

Martha Crenshaw (1981) The causes of terrorism.

Ted Gurr (1970) Why men rebel

Clark McCauley and Sophia Moskalenko (2011). Friction: How radicalization happens to them and us.

David C. Rapoport. (2006) Terrorism: The fourth or religious wave.

Some of Gary's key research

Countering Terrorism: No Simple Solutions. With Martha Crenshaw (2017)

Handbook of the Criminology ofTerrorism. With Joshua Freilich (2017)

Putting Terrorism in Context:  Insights from the Global Terrorism Database. With Laura Dugan and Erin Miller (2015) 

Dr. Kurt Braddock is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State. Dr. Braddock leverages communication theory to explore the persuasive effectiveness of terrorist groups' strategic messages (particularly narratives) intended to recruit or radicalize audiences. He also develops theory-based guidelines for developing strategic messages that counter the radicalization process. His work has been published in several communication and terrorism journals, including Communication Monographs, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. Dr. Braddock has performed research for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the British government.

Research that has influenced Kurt's career

John Horgan (2008). From Profiles to Pathways and Roots to Routes: Perspectives from Psychology on Radicalization into Terrorism

Jerold Post, Ehud Sprinzak, and Laurita Denny (2003). The terrorists in their own words: Interviews with 35 incarcerated Middle Eastern terrorists

Max Taylor and John Horgan (2006). A conceptual framework for addressing psychological process in the development of the terrorist.

Some of Kurt's key research

Towards a guide for constructing and disseminating counternarratives to reduce support forterrorism. With John Horgan (2015).

Meta-analytic evidence for the persuasive effect of narratives on beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors. With James Price Dillard (2016)

Treatment approaches for terrorists and extremists. (Forthcoming)


Dr Katherine E Brown is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at University of Birmingham, specialising in gender, jihad and counter-terrorism. Her research examines Muslim women's involvement in political violence, the role of gender in jihadist ideology, and the gendered impact of counter-terrorism policies and practices worldwide. This work engages directly with public debates on security, religion, and women's rights. She has published widely and is currently working on a monograph on anti-radicalization policies and gender. She is the Series Editor for the newly launched Routledge Focus Monograph Series: “Islam in Europe”. She is a member of the Muslim in Britain's Research Network and the UK Higher Education Academy's Islamic Studies Network. She is a lead academic board member of the European Union Radicalisation Awareness Network, run for practitioners in this field.  Her expertise has also been sought by a number of academic, policy, government, and media outlets, in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Norway, and Austria. Including, for example, the 9/11 Memorial, the UN, and the European Parliament. In 2017 – 2018 she is consulting for UN Women on gender mainstreaming in countering violent extremism programmes. Recently she has given expert advice and testimony in the UK in a number of cases involving radicalisation.

Research that has influenced Katherine's career

Laura Sjoberg and Caron Gentry (2007) Mothers Monsters Whores

Talal Asad (1993) Genealogies of Religion

Saba Mahmood (2004) Politics of Piety: the Islamic Revival and the feminist subject

Some of Katherine's key research

ISIS as a Proto-State (forthcoming, 2018)

Gender and Anti-Radicalization: women and emerging counter-terrorism measures (2012)

Marginality as a Feminist Research Method in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (2015)

Noémie Bouhana is Senior Lecturer in Security and Crime Science at UCL, where she leads the Counter-Terrorism Research Group and convenes the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. She holds a BA in Political Studies from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lyon, an MA in Political Science from Université Jean Moulin Lyon III, and an MPhil and PhD in Criminology from the University of Cambridge. Most recently, Noémie led the €2.9M EU FP7 PRIME project, an international, multidisciplinary study on lone actor radicalisation and attack behaviour. At present, she is Principal Investigator of the $1M comparative study "The Social Ecology of Radicalisation", funded by the US DoD Minerva Initiative. She is also a co-Investigator on large grants funded by EU H2020 and CREST. Previous research was funded by DSTL, Home Office OSCT, MOD Counter-Terrorism Science and Technology Centre, EPSRC and NIJ. On the fundamental side, Noémie's work is concerned with the social ecological processes involved in the emergence and maintenance of radicalising settings (the "where" of radicalisation, as opposed to the "why"), the role that these settings play, through mechanisms of selection and exposure, in the development of an individual propensity for terrorism, as well as the mechanisms which underpin individual vulnerability to moral change. On the applied side, she is interested in the development of risk analysis instruments, which go beyond reliance on unstable risk factors and indicators. Her approach to the study of terrorism is informed chiefly by criminological, epidemiological and systemic thinking, which is reflected in the research that most influenced her to date.

Research that has influenced Noémie's career

Per-Olof H. Wikstrom and Robert J. Sampson (ed.) (2006). The Explanation of Crime: Context, Mechanisms and Development.

J.M. Mc Gloin, C.J. Sullivan and L.W. Kennedy (eds.) (2011). When Crime Appears: The Role of Emergence.

Sandro Galea, Matthew Riddle and George A Kaplan (2010). Causal thinking and complex system approaches in epidemiology.

Some of Noémie's key research
Al-Qaeda-Influenced Radicalisation. With Per-Olof H. Wikstrom (2011)

PRIME: A Lone Actor Extremism Risk Analysis Framework. With Amy Thornton, Emily Corner, Stefan Malthaner, Lasse Lindekilde, Bart Schuurman and Gali Perry (2017)

Preventing Radicalization in the UK: Expanding the Knowledge-Base on the Channel Programme. With Amy Thornton (2017)

Joel’s research examines the social ecology of political violence and anti-minority politics, the implementation of counterterrorism policy and its societal impacts, and mobilisation around national and transnational identities. Alongside publications in leading academic journals, his book, The Making of Anti-Muslim Protest: Grassroots Activism in the English Defence League (Routledge), was joint winner of the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize, 2016.His current research includes: ‘The internal brakes on violent escalation’, an analysis of how intra-group dynamics can inhibit the use of political violence (with Donald Holbrook and Graham Macklin; funded by CREST/ESRC); ‘What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges in England: An analysis of educationalists’ experiences’ (with Tufyal Choudhury and Paul Thomas; funded by The Aziz Foundation); and ‘Costa del Brexit’, a longitudinal study of how Brexit is playing out in British ‘expat’ communities in Spain (funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust).

Some research that has influenced Joel's career

Kathleen M. Blee (2012). Democracy inthe Making: How Activist Groups Form.

Deborah B. Gould (2009). MovingPolitics: Emotion and ACT UP’s Fight Against AIDS.

Christian Smith (2003). Moral, BelievingAnimals: Human Personhood and Culture.

Some of Joel's key research

What the Prevent duty means for schools and colleges in England: An analysis of educationalists’ experiences. With Tufyal Choudhury, Paul Thomas, P. and Gareth Harris (2017)

The Making of Anti-Muslim Protest: Grassroots Activism in the English Defence League. (2016)

Interpreting “cumulative extremism”: six proposals for enhancing conceptual clarity. With Graham Macklin (2015)

Erica Chenoweth is an internationally recognised authority on political violence and its alternatives. She is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and Associate Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO). Foreign Policy magazine ranked her among the Top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. She also won the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, given annually by the international Studies Association to the scholar under 40 who has made the most significant impact on the field of international politics or peace research. Erica holds a Ph.D. and an MA in political science from the University of Colorado and a BA in political science and German from the University of Dayton.

Chenoweth is the co-author (with Maria J. Stephan) of Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict. The book earned them the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, which is presented annually in recognition of outstanding proposals for creating a more just and peaceful world order. The book also won the 2012 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award given annually by the American Political Science Association in recognition of the best book on government, politics, or international affairs published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year.

Some research that has influenced Erica's career

Max Abrahms (2008). Why terrorism does not work

Martha Crenshaw (1981). The causes of terrorism

Jeremy Weinstein (2008). Inside rebellion: The politics of insurgent organizations.

Some of Erica's key research

Why civil resistance works: The strategic logic of nonviolent conflict

Terrorism and democracy

Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Expected Utility of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel. With Laura Dugan (2012)

Dr Emily Corner is a Research Associate at the department of Security and Crime Science at UCL. Her doctoral research focused on examining mental disorders and terrorist behaviour. She has published in leading psychology, forensic science, criminology, and political science journals. She has worked on research projects funded by DSTL, the European Union, and the National Institute of Justice. Prior to her doctoral research she worked across step-down, low, and medium secure psychiatric hospitals, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Some research that has influenced Emily's career

Paul Gill, John Horgan, and Paige Deckert (2014) Bombing alone: Tracing the motivations and antecedent behaviors of lone‐actor terrorists

John Monahan et al (2001). Rethinking Risk Assessment: The Macarthur Study of Mental Disorder and Violence

Jeff Victoroff (2005) The mind of the terrorist: A review andcritique of psychological approaches

Some of Emily's key research

A false dichotomy? Mental illness and lone-actor terrorism. With Paul Gill (2015)

Mental health disorders and the terrorist: A research note probing selection effects and disorder prevalence
. With Paul Gill and Oliver Mason (2016)

There and back again: The study of mental disorder and terrorist involvement. With Paul Gill (2017)

Laura Dugan is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. Her research examines the efficacy of violence prevention/intervention policy and practice on violent outcomes, especially terrorism. She also designs methodological strategies to overcome data limitations inherent in the social sciences. Dr. Dugan is a co-principal investigator for the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and the Government Actions in Terrorist Environments (GATE) datasets. Dugan holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Management and a Masters in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. She has coauthored Putting Terrorism into Context: Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Comprehensive Terrorism Database, along with more than sixty journal articles and book chapters.

Some research that has influenced Laura's career

Angela Browne and Kirk R. Williams (1989) Exploring the Effect of Resource Availabilty and the Likelihood of Female-Perpetrated Homicides

Clark McCauley (2006). Jujitsu politics: Terrorism and response to terrorism.

David C. Rapoport (2004). The four waves of modern terrorism.

Some of Laura's key research

Dugan, Laura and Erica Chenoweth.  (2012) “Moving Beyond Deterrence:  The Effectiveness of Raising the Expected Utility of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel,” American Sociological Review, 77 (4), 597-624.

The Global Terrorism Database

Article introducing it: Introducing the Global Terrorism Database. With Gary LaFree (2007)

Book describing it: Putting Terrorism into Context: Lessons Learned from theWorld’s Most Comprehensive Terrorism Database. With Gary LaFree and Erin Miller (2015)

The Armenian Secret Army for the Liberation of Armenia and the Justice Commandos of the Armenian Genocide. With Julie Huang, Gary LaFree, and Clark McCauley (2008)

Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Expected Utility of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel. With Erica Chenoweth (2012)

Richard English is Professor of Politics at Queen's University Belfast, where he is also Distinguished Professorial Fellow in the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. During 20111-16 he was Wardlaw Professor of Politics in the School of International Relations, and Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author of eight books, including Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003), Terrorism: How to Respond (2009), and Does Terrorism Work? A History (2016). He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism, and is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and Honorary Fellow of Keble College Oxford, and an Honorary Professor at the university of St. Andrews.

Research that has influenced Richard's career

Martha Crenshaw (2011), Explaining Terrorism

Charles Townshend (1984), Political Violence in Ireland

Eric Hobsbawm (1997), On History

Some of Richard's key research

Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA (2003)

Terrorism: How to Respond (2009)

Does Terrorism Work? A History (2016)

Neil Ferguson is Professor of Political Psychology at Liverpool Hope University and a Visiting Research Fellow to the Changing Character of War Programme at Pembroke College, Oxford. His research has focused on political conflict and its psychological implications since he studied towards his PhD at the University of Ulster. His research focuses on processes of engagement, involvement and disengagement from politically motivated violence focusing on paramilitary groups based in Northern Ireland. He has published in psychological and politics journals, contributed to a number of edited volumes and offered critical advice to various governments, security agencies and NGOs on issues around radicalization, terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Some research that has influenced Neil's career
Andrew Silke (1998). Cheshire-cat logic: The recurring theme of terrorist abnormality in psychological research.

Jerold M. Post, Ehud Sprinzak, and Laurita M. Denny (2003). The terrorists in their own words:Interviews with 35 incarcerated Middle Eastern terrorists.

Jeff Victoroff (2005). The Mind of the Terrorist: A Review and Critique of Psychological Approaches.

Some of Neil's key research
Understanding Radicalization and Engagement in Terrorism through Religious Conversion Motifs. With Eve Binks (2015)

Leaving violence behind: Disengaging from politically motivated violence in Northern Ireland. With Mark Burgess and Ian Hollywood (2015)

Crossing the Rubicon: Deciding to Become a Paramilitary in Northern Ireland. With Mark Burgess and Ian Hollywood (2008)

Joshua D. Freilich is a member of the Criminal Justice Department at John Jay College. He is the Creator and co-Director of the United States Extremist Crime Database, an open source relational database of crimes committed by political extremists in the U.S.  Freilich is the Vice Chair of the American Society of Criminology's Division on Terrorism & Bias Crimes. He has been a member of START (a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence) since 2006 and on its executive committee since 2010. Freilich is on the GTD’s advisory board and his research has been funded by DHS and the National Institute of Justice. His terrorism research focuses on the causes of and responses to terrorism. Recent works have looked at county-level variation in extremist violence, and the efficacy of interventions to counter this violence. Freilich’s other research looks at bias crimes, measurement issues, and environmental criminology and crime prevention.

Some research that has influenced Joshua's career

Ronald V. Clarke, R.V. & Graeme R. Newman (2006). Outsmarting the terrorists.

Gary LaFree, G. & Laura Dugan (2007). Introducing the Global Terrorism Database.

Brent L. Smith. (1994). Terrorism in America: Pipe bombs and pipe dreams.

Some of Joshua's key research

Comparing extremist perpetrators of suicide and non-suicideattacks in the United States. With William S. Parkin, Jeff Gruenewald and Steven M. Chermak (In press)

The future of terrorism research: A review essay. With Steven M. Chermak and Jeff Gruenewald (2015)

Investigating the applicability of macro-level criminology theory to terrorism: A county-level analysis. With Amy Adamczyk, Steven M. Chermak, Katharine Boyd and
William S. Parkin (2015).

Introducing the United States Extremist Crime Database(ECDB). With Steven M. Chermak, Roberta Belli, Jeff Gruenewald and
William S. Parkin (2014).

Dr. Paul Gill is a senior lecturer in Security and Crime Science. Previous to joining UCL, Dr. Gill was a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University. He has over 40 publications on the topic of terrorist behaviour. He has conducted research funded by the Office for Naval Research, the Department of Homeland Security, DSTL, the European Union, the National Institute of Justice, CREST and MINERVA. Collectively these grants have been worth over 9 million euro. These projects focused upon various aspects of terrorist behavior including the IED development, creativity, terrorist network structures, and lone-actor terrorism.His doctoral research focused on the underlying individual and organizational motivations behind suicide bombing. This piece of research won the Jean Blondel Prize for the best Ph.D. thesis in Political Science in Europe for 2010. He has published in leading psychology, criminology and political science journals.

Research that has influenced Paul's career

Robert A. Fein, & Bryan Vossekuil (1999). Assassination in the United States: An operational study of recent assassins, attackers, and near-lethal approachers.

Jeff Victoroff (2005). The mind of the terrorist: A review and critique of psychological approaches.

John Horgan (2004). The psychology of terrorism.

Some of Paul's key research

Lethal Connections: The Determinants of Network Connections in theProvisional Irish Republican Army, 1970-1998. With Jeongyoon Lee, Karl Rethemeyer, John Horgan, and Victor Asal (2014)

Across the Universe? A Comparative Analysis of Violent Radicalization Across Three Offender Types with Implications for Criminal Justice Training and Education. A Report for the National Institute of Justice. With John Horgan, Noemie Bouhana, James Silver and Emily Corner (2016)

Lone-Actor Terrorists: A Behavioural Analysis. (2015)

John Horgan is Distinguished University Professor at the Global Studies Institute and Department of Psychology at Georgia State University. He has a PhD in applied psychology, and his research focuses on understanding psychological qualities of the pathways into, through, and out of terrorist behavior. His work is widely published, with books including The Psychology of Terrorism (published in over a dozen languages worldwide), Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists; Walking Away from Terrorism, Leaving Terrorism Behind, and Terrorism Studies: A Reader. In 2017 he became Editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence and serves on the Editorial Boards of several further journals, including Legal and Criminological Psychology, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Journal of Strategic Security. He is a member of the Research Working Group of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. He has held positions at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), Penn State and the University of St. Andrews, UK. Professor Horgan’s research has been featured in such venues as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Vice News, CNN, Rolling Stone Magazine, Nature, Scientific American and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Research that has influenced John's career

Max Taylor (1988). The Terrorist.

Paul Wilkinson and Alastair .M. Stewart (Eds.) (1987). Contemporary Research on Terrorism.

Joby Warrick (2015). Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS.

Some of John's key research

Psychology and Terrorism: Introduction tothe Special Issue. American Psychologist. (2017)

From Profiles to Pathways and Roots to Routes: Perspectives from Psychology on Radicalization into Terrorism. (2008)

Interviewing the Terrorists: Reflectionson Fieldwork and Implications for Psychological Research (2012)

Richard Jackson is Professor of Peace Studies and Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is known as one of the founding scholars of the field of Critical Terrorism Studies, and has published a number of books, articles and chapters on the critical study of terrorism. He is the founding editor and current editor-in-chief of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and his latest book is The Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies (editor, Routledge, 2016). His current research focuses on nonviolent responses to terrorism.

Research that has influenced Richard's career

Joseba Zulaika and William Douglass (1996) Terror and Taboo: The Follies, Fables, and Faces of Terrorism.

David Campbell (1998). Writing Security: United States Foreign Policy and the Politics of Identity, Revised edition

Lisa Stampnitzky (2013). Disciplining Terror: How Experts Invented “Terrorism”

Some of Richard's key research

Writing on the War on Terrorism. (2005)

Constructing enemies: ‘Islamic Terrorism’ in Political and Academic Discourse. (2007)

The Epistemological Crisis of Counterterrorism. (2015)

Jorge M. Lasmar is Professor of International Relations at the Department of International Relations, PUC Minas, Brazil as well as Dean of Graduate Studies at Milton Campos Law School, Brazil. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Master’s in International Law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Prof. Lasmar is licenced by the Brazilian Bar Association. He is currently the Director of Legal Affairs of the International Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (INASIS) and has formerly served a member of the International Law Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association, Minas Gerais. Prof. Lasmar is also the Country Coordinator (Brazil) of the Terrorism Research Initiative Collaboration Network (TRI) and the Coordinator of the Central and Latin America Section of the ISA English School Section’s Committee for the Study of International Society in the Americas (CSISA). Prof. Lasmar’s area of research focusses on international law, counter-terrorism and security studies. He is the author of three books, the editor/co-editor of a further three and has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in both English and Portuguese, including his most recent Passporte para Terror: Os Voluntarios do Estado Islamico (Passport to Terror: Volunteers of the Islamic State) published in 2017 by Appris (Brazil and Latin America). Prof. Lasmar acts as a lawyer and consultant in the area of counter-terrorism and international law and has worked closely with several governmental and private agencies in Brazil, including the Federal Congress in Brasilia, the Military Police’s Olympic Response Team as well as their Special Operations Unit (BOPE), the Federal Police, the Inter-Institutional Public Security Coordination Group, etc. He has provided testimony for the Brazilian Federal Congress in Brasilia on various occasions and is also involved in crafting Brazil’s first certification on Money Laundering and the Prevention of Terrorist Finance. Prof. Lasmar is a member of the expert panel for the Brazilian Research Excellence Framework (subject area: International Relations and Political Science) and the former Head of the Department of International Relations at PUC Minas, Brazil. He is a frequent media commentator on terrorism and political violence and has been awarded several professional and academic awards, including the Best Scholar Paper Award 2016 of the International Studies Association (English School Section).

Some research that has influenced Jorge's career

Walter Reich (1990). Origins of terrorism: Psychologies, ideologies, theologies, states of mind.

Gilbert Guillame (1976). Terrorisme international

Thomas Schelling (1981) The strategy of conflict

G. K. Chesterton (2010) The man who was Thursday

Some of Jorge's key research

Managing great powers in the post-Cold War world: old rules new game? The case of the global war on terror. (2012)

The global war on terror, jus ad bellum, and normative change in international law. (2011)

When the shoe doesn't fit: Brazilian approaches to terrorism and counter-terrorism in the post 9/11 era. (Fortcoming 2017)

Passaporte para o terror. Os voluntários do Estado Islâmico.With Guilherme Damasceno Fonesca (2017) (In Portugese).

Orla Lynch is currently Director of Criminology (PG) and a Lecturer in Criminology at University College Cork, Ireland. Until 2015 she was Director of Teaching and a Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at CSTPV at the University of St Andrews. Orla’s background is in International Security Studies and Applied Psychology; her primary training is as a psychologist. Orla’s current research is focused on developing a framework for the application of psychological processes to social issues, particularly terrorism. Orla’s research has looked at victimisation and political violence in relation to the direct victims of violence, but also the broader psycho-social impact of victimisation and the perpetrator-victim complex. Orla has also examined the notion of suspect communities in relation to the impact of counter terrorism measures on Muslim youth communities. Orla was until recently the principal investigator on two multisite EU funded projects that looked at the importance of notions of victimisation for former perpetrators of political violence and the role of both former perpetrators and victims in ongoing peace initiatives. To date Orla has secured €1.8 million in research funding, and has won both IRC and SRF grant awards. Orla is a member of the RAN editorial committee and a fellow with Hedayah, Abu Dhabi. Her recent books include Terrorism and Psychological Processes (Wiley, 2018) Victims and Perpetrators of terrorism; Exploring Identities, roles and narratives (Routledge, 2017) Victims of Terrorism, a comparative and interdisciplinary study (Palgrave 2015)

Research that influenced Orla’s career

Max Taylor and John Horgan (2000) The Future of Terrorism.

Paul Wilkinson (2000) Terrorism Versus Democracy

Timothy Knatchbull (2009). From a clear blue sky. Surviving the Mountbatten bomb.

Some of Orla’s key research

Terrorism and Psychological Processes. (Forthcoming 2018)

British Muslim Youth and the Construction of the Other. (2013)

Child returnees from Conflict Zones. With Sharon Lambert (2016)

Sarah is Lecturer in Radicalisation and Protest in a Digital Age in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University, prior to which she was a Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at the University of St Andrews. Sarah has a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, a Masters in Forensic Psychology, and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Liverpool. Her research and teaching takes an interdisciplinary approach to questions of radical and violent politics, drawing on theory and methods from politics, psychology and sociology. She has published widely on global jihadism, religious nationalism, and radical social movements and has engaged extensively with statutory and third-sector organisations on terrorism, radicalisation and countering violent extremism. Much of her recent work has concentrated on understanding efforts to reintegrate those with a history of involvement in militancy.

Research that has influenced Sarah's career

John Horgan (2009). Walking away from terrorism: accounts ofdisengagement from radical and extremist movements.

Shadd Maruna (2001). Makinggood: How ex-convicts reform and rebuild their lives.

Andrew Silke (Ed.). (2004). Research on terrorism: Trends, achievements and failures

Some of Sarah's key research

Reintegrating Extremists: ‘Deradicalisation’ and Desistance (2017)

A Social Movement Theory Typology of MilitantOrganisations: Contextualising Terrorism. (2016)

Conceptualising ‘Success’ with those Convicted ofTerrorism Offences: Aims, Methods and Barriers to Reintegration.(2015)


Dr Cerwyn Moore is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations, in POLSIS, at the University of Birmingham. Dr Moore also holds the concurrent post of Programme Director, leading the ‘Actors and Narratives’ work-stream in the newly established national security consortium commissioned and launched by the ESRC in October 2015. The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST), based at Lancaster University, brings together world leading researchers at the universities of Birmingham, Cranfield, Lancaster, Portsmouth, Bath and the West of England to deliver a national hub for independent research, training and knowledge synthesis. Berwyn’s main research focuses on aspects of the insurgency in the North Caucasus (foreign fighters; suicide attacks), narrative, and more recently, transnational activism and social movements in the Middle East.

Some research that has influenced Cerwyn's career

Joas Wagemakers (2012). The quietist jihadi: The ideology and influence of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi.

Elisabeth Kendall (2016). Jihadist propaganda and its exploitation of the Arab poetic tradition.

Gemma Edwards (2014) Infectious innovations? The diffusion of tactical innovation in social movement networks, the case of suffragette militancy.

Some of Cerwyn's key research

Foreign fighters and the case of Chechnya: A critical assessment. With Paul Tumelty (2007)

Foreign bodies: Transnational activism, and the insurgency in the north Caucasus and "beyond." (2015)

Contemporary violence: Postmodern war in Kosovo and Chechnya. (2010)

Dr. Jeffrey Stevenson Murer explores the problems of group violence, inter-communal conflict, and political terrorism through the lens of collective identity formation. Presently he is the Senior Lecturer on Collective Violence in the School of International Relations and a Research Fellow to the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews. In 2006, he edited with Professor Derek Reveron Flashpoints in the War on Terror, and has published in numerous journals including Terrorism and Political Violence, Journal for Terrorism Research, and the International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society.  His forthcoming book, Repeating Hate (Palgrave 2018), explores far-right political extremism and violence in Central Europe, and with Dr. Clare Bielby, he is the co-editor of another forthcoming volume Perpetrating Selves: Performing Identity, Doing Violence (Palgrave 2018).  As well as being a Scottish Institute for Policing Research Lecturer, in 2017 Murer became a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Some research that has influenced Jeffrey's career

Vamik Volkan (1988) The Need for Enemies and Allies: From Clinical Practice to International Relationships

Julia Kristeva (1991) Strangers to Ourselves

Etienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein (1991) Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities

Some of Jeffrey's key research

Understanding collective violence: The communicative and performative qualities of violence in acts of belonging (2014)

Ethnic Conflict: An Overview of Analyzing and Framing Communal Conflicts from Comparative Perspectives. (2012)

The Emergence of a Lumpen-consumerate: The Aesthetics of Consumption and Violence in the English Riots of 2011 (2015)

Constructing the Enemy-Other: Anxiety, Trauma and Mourning in the Narratives of Political Conflict. (2009)

Jim Piazza is Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University.  He is the author of over 30 articles on terrorism, counterterrorism and political violence.  His research uses a quantitative, data-driven approach to examine the political, economic, social, institutional and religious-cultural forces that drive terrorist activity globally.  Some topics he has examined in his research include the relationship between poverty, socioeconomic factors and terrorism, terrorism and political regime type, human rights abuses and terrorism, minorities and terrorism, religion and terrorism, the drug trade and natural resources and terrorism.  His work has appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Politics, the American Political Science Review, International Organizations, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Science, International Studies Quartelry, Comparative Political Studies, Public Choice and Terrorism and Political Violence.  At Penn State, Piazza teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on terrorism.

Some research that has influenced Jim's career

Ervand Abrahamian (1989)  Radical Islam: The Iranian Mojahedin

Robert Pape (2003) The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism. 

Alan Krueger and Jitka Maleckova (2003)  Education, Poverty and Terrorism: Is There a Causal Connection.

Some of Jim's key research

Poverty, Minority Economic Discrimination and Domestic Terrorism. (2011)

Autocracies and Terrorism. With Matthew C. Wilson (2013)

Repression and Terrorism: A Cross-National Empirical Analysis of Types of Repression and Domestic Terrorism. (2017)

Dr.  Kumar Ramakrishna is a tenured Associate Professor and Head Policy Studies, as well as Coordinator of the National Security Studies Programme, in the Office of the Executive Deputy Chairman, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). Prior to this appointment he was Head, Centre of Excellence for National Security (CENS) in RSIS (2006-2015).

He co-edited The New Terrorism: Anatomy, Trends and Counter-Strategies (2002) as well as After Bali: The Threat of Terrorism in Southeast Asia (2004). His first single-authored book, Emergency Propaganda: The Winning of Malayan Hearts and Minds, 1948-1958 (2002) was described by the International History Review as “required reading for historians of Malaya, and for those whose task is to counter insurgents, guerrillas, and-terrorists”. His most recent book, Radical Pathways: Understanding Muslim Radicalization in Indonesia (2009) was identified by Perspectives on Terrorism in May 2012 as one of the top 150 books on terrorism and counter-terrorism as well as “an important and insightful case study on the pathways to extremism and violent jihad in Indonesia”. His two most recent books are Islamist Terrorism and Militancy in Indonesia: The Power of the Manichean Mindset (2015), Original Sin? Revising the Revisionist Critique of the 1963 Operation Coldstore in Singapore (2015) and Singapore Chronicles: Emergency (2016). He has served as a member of the Singapore Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) Resource Panel on Home Affairs and Law; the Board of Trustees, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, the Board of Governors of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) Academy, and the Executive Committee of the Political Science Association (Singapore).

Research that has influenced Kumar's career

Walter Reich (1998) Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind 

Mark Juergensmeyer (2000) Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

James Waller (2005), Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing

Some of Kumar's key research

Radical Pathways: Understanding Muslim Radicalization in Indonesia (2009).

The Growth of ISIS Extremism in Southeast Asia: Its Ideological and Cognitive Features – AndPossible Policy Responses (2017).

Understanding Youth Radicalization in the Age of ISIS: A Psychosocial Analysis (2016).

Anthony’s research focus has been on conceptualizing terrorism, UK counter-terrorism strategy, radicalization and extremism. He has also published on a wide range of other terrorist related themes including British public and Muslim attitudes towards both terrorism and counter-terrorism, homeland security, terrorism in Northern Ireland, and terrorism and sport (he was the lead editor for the volume Terrorism and the Olympics: Major event security and lessons for the future, Routledge, 2011). His book on Conceptualizing Terrorism was published with Oxford University Press in September 2015 and was nominated (by OUP) for the Political Studies Association’s best political science book of the year award (the W.J.M. Mackenzie prize). He has presented to a wide range of academic and policymaking audiences and has contributed to briefings on terrorism and radicalization at the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He spoke at the National Security Summit in October 2015 and he convened a panel of experts and academics to discuss ‘Interpretations of terrorism, radicalisation and extremism’ at British International Studies Association’s 2015 annual conference. He was also recently invited by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to submit input for an OHCHR report on Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism.

Some research that has influenced Anthony's career

Martha Crenshaw (2011) Explaining terrorism, causes, processes and consequences

Walter Reich (1990). Origins of terrorism: Psychologies, ideologies, theologies, states of mind.

Alex Schmid (2004) Terrorism – The Definitional Problem

Some of Anthony's key research.

Conceptualizing terrorism (2015)

From terrorism to ‘radicalization’ to ‘extremism’: counterterrorism imperative or loss of focus? (2015)

The problem with ‘radicalization’, the remit of ‘Prevent’, and the need to refocus on terrorism in the UK (2011)

Bart Schuurman is an assistant professor at Leiden University’s Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) and research coordinator at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT), both of which are located in The Hague. After obtaining an MA in international relations from Utrecht University in 2009, Bart’s research initially focused on strong-power defeats in asymmetric conflicts and the effectiveness of various forms of counterterrorism. Since moving to Leiden University in 2011, his research has focused on various themes related to contemporary terrorist threats. Projects include the attack planning and preparation of group-based and lone actor terrorists, an empirical study of why converts to Islam are overrepresented in Islamist extremism, the ongoing evaluation of a Dutch reintegration program for extremist offenders and a long-running assessment of the state of terrorism research. In early 2017, he obtained his PhD through a study of how and why involvement in homegrown jihadist groups occurs.

Some research that has influenced Bart's career

Donatella della Porta (1995) Social movements, political violence,and the state

Carl von Clausewitz (1993) On war

Max Taylor & John Horgan (2006) A conceptual framework foraddressing psychological process in the development of the terrorist

Some of Bart's key research

Rationales for terrorist violence in homegrown jihadist groups: A case study from the Netherlands. With John Horgan (2016)

Reintegrating Jihadist Extremists: Evaluating a Dutch Initiative: 2013-2014. with Edwin Bakker (2016)

Defeated by Popular Demand: Public Support and Counterterrorism in Three Western Democracies, 1963-1998. (2013)

Prof. Andrew Silke is internationally recognised as a leading expert on terrorism and low intensity conflict. He has worked with a wide variety of government departments, law enforcement and security agencies. He serves by invitation on the United Nations Roster of Terrorism Experts and the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence (RAN CoE), which works with practitioners to develop state-of-the-art knowledge to prevent and counter radicalisation.  He was appointed in 2009 as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee for its inquiry into the UK Government's programme for preventing violent extremism and he is a member of the UK Cabinet Office National Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group. Prof Silke is the head of Criminology at UEL and Programme Director for the MSc in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies. 

Work that has influenced Andrew's career

Wilfried Rasch (1979). Psychological dimensions of political terrorism in the Federal Republicof Germany.

Walter Reich (Ed.), (1990). Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, States of Mind.

Jeffrey Sluka (1989) Hearts and Minds, Water and Fish: Support for the IRA and INLA in a Northern Irish Ghetto.

Some of Andrew's key research

Terrorists, Victims and Society: Psychological Perspectives on Terrorism and Its Consequences. (2003)

Prisons, Terrorism and Extremism: Critical Issues In Management, Radicalisation and Reform. (2014)

The Golden Age? What the 100 most cited articles in Terrorism Studies tell us. With Jennifer Schmidt-Petersen (2017)

Rashmi Singh is Associate Professor in International Relations, at the Department of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), Brazil. She was formerly based at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at St. Andrews University, Scotland. She holds a BA in History from Delhi University (Delhi, India), an MA in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India) and a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She joined PUC Minas as an Associate Professor in February 2016 after spending seven years at the University of St. Andrews. She has regional expertise in both the Middle East and South Asia and is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu, with advanced level Portuguese and a working knowledge of Arabic. Her primary areas of interest include the role of nationalism, culture and religion (especially political Islam) in the promulgation of political violence and terrorism, most particularly suicide terrorism.  While her research focuses mainly upon violent groups engaged in campaigns of national independence (Hamas, LTTE etc.) she also works on transnational terrorist groups (Al Qaeda, ISIS) and dedicated Islamist proxies (Lashkar-i-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad etc.) as well as state-responses to terrorism. Dr. Singh has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East and her book, Hamas and Suicide Terrorism:  A Multi-Causal and Multi-Level Approach (Routledge:  March 2011; paperback and Kindle  editions, January  2012),  examines  the  rise  and disappearance of suicide attacks in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She was also the primary investigator in the START-funded project, In the Eyes of the Beholder, which developed metrics of success and failure in the Global War on Terror and the Global Jihad.  Dr. Singh was awarded the CAPES Foreign Visiting Professorship by the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education for 2013-14 which she spent at the Department of International Relations at PUC Minas.  Dr. Singh was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Terrorism from 2013-2014. Dr. Singh has worked closely with various governments, international organisations and militaries, including NATO, the Scottish Police, the London Metropolitan Police, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, the Brazilian Federal Police etc. She also serves as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Conflict and Violence.

Some research that has influenced Rashmi's career

E. H. Carr. (1961) What is History?

Walter Reich (Ed.), (1990). Origins of terrorism: psychologies, ideologies, theologies, states of mind.

Rashid Khalidi (2009). Palestinian identity: The construction of modern national consciousness.

Anne Marie Oliver and Paul F. Steinberg (2006). The road to Martyr's Square: A journey into the world of the suicide bomber.

Some of Rashmi's key research

A preliminary typology mapping pathways of learning and innovation by modern jihadist groups (2017)

The discourse and practice of 'heroic reistance' in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The case of Hamas. (2012)

Counter-terrorism in India: An ad hoc response to an enduring and variable threat. (Forthcoming 2017)


Max Taylor, a forensic and legal psychologist, is a visiting professor at the Department of Security and Crime Sciences at University College London and is the co-editor of Terrorism and Political Violence. Prior to his move to UCL he was the Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, before which he was the head of the Department of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. For most of our listeners Max would be most widely known as a prolific and thought provoking specialist on the psychology of terrorism. However, his background also includes ground-breaking research on capacity building for disadvantaged children living in conflict zones, and the combatting of paedophile information networks in Europe.  Within the realm of terrorism studies Max has published on a wide range of topics from evolutionary psychology to affordance, Irish Republicanism to Islamic fundamentalism. He is also the author of some of the most influential books on the psychology of terrorism, notably amongst them are The Terrorist, Terrorist Lives and The Fanatics.

Some research that influenced Max's career

B.F. Skinner (1951). Science and Human Behaviour

Richard S. Peters (1958). The Concept of Motivation

Derek B. Cornish and Ronald V. Clarke (1986). The Reasoning Criminal: Rational Choice Perspectives on Offending

Some of Max's key research

Rational choice, behaviour analysis and political violence (1992)

A conceptual framework for addressing psychological process in the development of the terrorist. With John Horgan (2006)

Is terrorism a group phenomenon? (2010)

Aaron Winter holds a DPhil from Sussex, where his dissertation was on the far-right in post-civil rights America. He is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UEL. His research is on right-wing extremism and terrorism, hate groups and hate crime, and racist and racialised violence. He has been interviewed by the BBC, CBC, LBC, The Times, The Telegraph, Vice and Gara. He is co-editor of Discourses and Practices of Terrorism: Interrogating Terror (2010), New Challenges for the EU Internal Security Strategy (2013) and Reflexivity in Criminological Research Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless (2014). His most recent article is ‘Articulations of Islamophobia: From the Extreme to the Mainstream?’ in Ethnic and Racial Studies (co-authored with Aurelien Mondon). He is currently co-editing the books: Historical Perspectives on Organised Crime and Terrorism and Researching the Far Right: Theory, Method, Practice, as well as the Manchester University Press Series Racism, Resistance and Social Change. He is also part of the ESRC project Racism and Political Mobilisation and London Scholars project Step Up To Stop Hate.Aaron is also a Trustee of the British Sociological Association.

Some research that has influenced Aaron's career

Jessie Daniels (2016),  White Lies: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality in White Supremacist Discourse

Chip Berlet and Mathew Lyons (2000), Right-Wing Populism inAmerica: Too Close for Comfort

James Williams Gibson (1994), Warrior Dreams: Paramilitary Culture in Post-Vietnam America

Some of Aaron's key research

Anti-Abortion Extremism and Violence in the US (2013)

My Enemies Must Be Friends: The American Extreme Right, Conspiracy Theory, Islam and the MiddleEast (2014)

Articulations of Islamophobia: From the Extreme to the Mainstream?’ (Forthcoming October 2017)

Counter-Terrorism in the USA Prior to 9/11 (Forthcoming 2017)