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John Horgan, Professor, Director - Center for Terrorism & Security Studies


John Horgan is Professor of Security Studies at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies of the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he is also Director of the Center for Terrorism & Security Studies. An applied psychologist by training, his research focuses on terrorist behavior. He has over seventy publications on terrorism and political violence, and his books include The Psychology of Terrorism, Walking Away from Terrorism, Leaving Terrorism Behind, and Terrorism Studies: A Reader. His latest book Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is Special Editions Editor of Terrorism and Political Violence, Associate Editor of Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, and sits on the Editorial Boards of several further journals, including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Journal of Strategic Security. Professor Horgan is also a member of the Research Working Group of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. Professor Horgan has previously held positions at Penn State University (as Director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism from 2007-2013), the University of St. Andrews, UK, and University College, Cork, Ireland. His research has been featured in such venues as The New York Times, CNN, Rolling Stone Magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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