James Forest is a faculty member in UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies, where he is an expert in counterterrorism, homeland security and weapons of mass destruction. A professor in UMass Lowell’s School of Criminology and Justice Studies, he is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he conducts research on emerging terrorist threats, insurgencies, transnational criminal networks and U.S. Special Forces training.  

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, covering topics such as terrorist recruitment, training, and organizational knowledge transfer. He has testified before Congress, served as an expert witness for terrorism-related court cases and regularly appears in the media as a subject matter expert. He is the co-editor of the international scholarly journal Perspectives on Terrorism and has published 20 books and dozens of articles in journals dedicated to security, international affairs and politics. 

At UMass Lowell, Forest is a professor of security studies. Click here for more about his background.