PN Board

Our Academic Advisory Board will allow us to further fulfill our mission and objectives. Its members will help guarantee that our research, services and projects  are have measurable creativity and scientific rigor. We believe in synergy and see our board as an ideal part of building a network.  

Dr. John Horgan


Dr. John Horgan is a professor of Global Studies and Psychology at Georgia State University. He also sits in the Board of Academic Expert Advisors of the Journal of Deradicalization. He is a specialist in terrorism, forensic psychology and violence exposure. His most recent publications refer to women connectivity within extremist networks, children’s socialization into the Islamic State, the effectiveness of rehabilitation and deradicalization programs and how to construct and disseminate counter-narratives to reduce support for terrorism. Among his most prominent publications are The Psychology of Terrorism (2005; 2014, 2nd edition), Walking Away from Terrorism: Accounts of Disengagement from Radical and Extremist Movements (2009) and Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (2009). You can read more about Dr. Horgan here.

Dr. Jessica Stern


Dr. Jessica Stern serves as a research professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and in the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security and Law. Dr. Stern’s main focus is on perpetrators of violence and the possible connections between trauma and terror, post-traumatic growth comprised. Her most publications in refereed articles refer to societal reintegration of extremists, the limitations of terrorism studies and PTSD as a policy issue. Dr. Stern’s policy publications have addressed issues such as deradicalization, counter-narratives (including the role of the tech companies) and terrorist motivations. She has also published in major outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Times Magazine. She has co-authored ISIS: The State of Terror (2015) with J.M. Berger. Other books authored by Dr. Stern are Denial: A Memoir of Terror and Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill. You can read more about Dr. Stern here.

Dr. Marc Sageman

Dr. Marc Sageman is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of Terrorism and founder of Sageman Consulting, LLC. He is a forensic psychiatrist and government consultant who worked as a CIA Operations Officer. From 1987 to 1989 he worked hand in hand with Afghanistan’s mujahideen to resist the Soviet occupation. In the fall of 2012, Dr. Sageman was ISAF Political Scientist looking at the Insider Threat in Afghanistan. His most famous books include Understanding Terror Networks (2004), Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century (2008) and Misunderstanding Terrorism (2016). His latest book, Turning to Political Violence: The Emergence of Terrorism (2017) is a diachronic study of the social processes common to societies that motivate those who commit violence in the name of political beliefs. You can read more about Dr. Marc Sageman here.

Dr. Amarnath Amarasingam


Amarnath Amarasingam, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and co-directs a study of Western foreign fighters based at the University of Waterloo. 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 of religion. He is the editor of Sri Lanka: The Struggle for Peace in the Aftermath of 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, The Monkey Cage, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and War on the Rocks.