James J.F. Forest

James Forest

James J.F. Forest, Criminal Justice, Global Studies, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, Security Studies Program

Professor, Director of Security Studies, Interim Director, Center for Terrorism and Security Studies
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International security studies, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, homeland security.

Educational Background

Dr. Forest received his graduate degrees from Stanford University and Boston College and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University and De Anza College.


James J.F. Forest, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and contemporary security studies, and is interim director of the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. He is also a senior fellow with the U.S. Joint Special Operations University and co-editor of the international scholarly journal Perspectives on Terrorism.

Dr. Forest is the former Director of Terrorism Studies at the United States Military Academy where he taught a variety of courses and directed research initiatives and education programs for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. He has testified before Congressional hearings, served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases, and has been interviewed by many television, newspaper and radio journalists in the U.S. and other countries.

He has published 20 books and dozens of articles in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Crime and Delinquency, Perspectives on Terrorism, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Contemporary Security Policy, the Journal of Political Science Education, and Democracy and Security.

His most recent books include:

  • Essentials of Counterterrorism (Praeger, 2015)
  • The Terrorism Lectures (Nortia Press, 2nd Edition 2015)
  • Homeland Security and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2nd Edition 2013, with Russell Howard and Joanne Moore)
  • Intersections of Crime and Terrorism (Routledge, 2013)
  • Confronting the Terrorism of Boko Haram in Nigeria (JSOU Press, 2012)
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism (McGraw-Hill, 2nd Edition 2012, with Russell Howard)
  • Influence Warfare: How Terrorists and Governments Fight to Shape Perceptions in a War of Ideas (Praeger, 2009)
  • Handbook of Defence Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives (Routledge, 2008, with Isaiah Wilson)
  • Countering Terrorism and Insurgency in the 21st Century (3 volumes: Praeger, 2007)
  • Teaching Terror: Strategic and Tactical Learning in the Terrorist World (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006)
  • Homeland Security: Protecting America’s Targets (3 volumes: Praeger, 2006)
  • The Making of a Terrorist: Recruitment, Training and Root Causes (3 volumes: Praeger, 2005)