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Talk: “The Psychology of Terrorist Behavior: Where We Are, Where We Need to Be”

November 9 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

John G. Horgan, Ph.D.

John Horgan is Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University with joint appointments in the Global Studies Institute and Department of Psychology where he also directs the Violent Extremism Research Group (VERG). Professor Horgan is one of the world’s leading experts on terrorist psychology and his current research examines disengagement and de-radicalization from terrorism, the psychology of religious converts and their involvement in violence, and the role of children in terrorist organizations. 

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. He is an Editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence and serves on the Editorial Boards of several further journals, including American Psychologist, 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, University of St. Andrews, and University College, Cork. Professor Horgan’s research has been featured in such venues as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, CNN, Vice News, Rolling Stone Magazine, TIME, Nature, Scientific American and the Chronicle of Higher Education.



November 9
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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