John Horgan (political psychologist)
Dr. John Horgan (born 1974) 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. 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.
He was awarded his PhD (Applied Psychology) in 2000 by University College, Cork. While in Ireland, he spent several years conducting detailed research on Irish Republican movements, and published several articles (some of which appeared in the journal Terrorism and Political Violence) on the fundraising activities of the Provisional IRA. He is engaged in extensive research on involvement and engagement in terrorism, and his current research projects focus on issues of disengagement and de-radicalization from terrorist movements. Some of his research on this subject was published in the journals 'Terrorism and Political Violence', 'Studies in Conflict and Terrorism', 'The Georgetown Journal of International Affairs', and 'Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict'. Horgan has written several books on terrorism, and these include The Psychology of Terrorism (2005), and The Future of Terrorism (1999, with Max Taylor). His latest book Walking Away from Terrorism: Accounts of Disengagement from Radical and Extremist Movements was published by Routledge (New York and London) in 2009, and presents detailed fieldwork interviews Horgan has conducted with former terrorists in several countries. Horgan is involved in a long-term project on understanding the psychology of terrorist behaviour and promoting the scientific study of terrorism.
He is a member of the Editorial Boards of several journals including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. He is Special Editions Editor of "Terrorism and Political Violence" and Associate Editor of Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.
In 2006, Horgan became a recipient of an Airey Neave Trust Fellowship Award.
In 2010, following his consultancy work with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), he was appointed to the Research Advisory Board of the FBI's National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) until its official disbandment in 2012. In August 2012 he became a member of the new NCAVC Research Working Group.
Horgan is a native of Castleisland, Co. Kerry, in the Republic of Ireland.
Horgan, J. (2013). Divided We Stand: The Psychology and Strategy of Ireland's Dissident Terrorists. New York: Oxford University Press.
Horgan, J. and Braddock, K. (2011)Terrorism: A Reader. London and New York: Routledge.
Horgan, J. (2009). Walking Away from Terrorism: Accounts of Disengagement from Radical and Extremist Movements. London and New York: Routledge.
Bjorgo, T. and Horgan, J. (Eds.) (2009). Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement. London: Routledge.
Horgan, J. (2005). Psychology of Terrorism. London: Routledge.
Taylor, M. and Horgan, J. (Eds.) (2000). The Future of Terrorism. London: Frank Cass & Co.
Weine, S., Horgan, J., Robertson, C., Loue, S., Mohamed, A., & Noor, S. (2010). ‘Community and Family Approaches to Combating the Radicalization of US Somali Refugee Youth and Young Adults: A Psychosocial Perspective’. Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict.
Horgan, J. and Braddock, K. (2010). ‘Rehabilitating the Terrorists? Challenges in Assessing the Effectiveness of De-radicalization Programs.’ Terrorism and Political Violence, 22 (1), 1–25.
Horgan, J. (2009). ‘De-radicalization or Disengagement? A Process in Need of Clarity and a Counterterrorism Initiative in Need of Evaluation’, Revista de Psicologia Social, 24 (2), 291–298.
Bloom, M. and Horgan, J. (2008). ‘Missing their Mark: The IRA Proxy Bomb Campaign 1990’. Social Research: An International Quarterly of the Social Sciences. Special Issue: Martyrdom, Self-sacrifice, and Self-Denial, 75, 2 (Summer), 80–94.
Horgan, J. (2008). ‘From Profiles to Pathways and Roots to Routes: Perspectives from Psychology on Radicalization into Terrorism,’ ANNALS, American Association of Political and Social Sciences, 618, July.
Horgan, J. and Boyle, M. (2008). ‘A Case Against Critical Terrorism Studies’. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 1, 1, 51–64.
Roberts, K. and Horgan, J. (2008). ‘Risk Assessment and the Terrorist’, Perspectives on Terrorism, 2, 6, March, 3–9.
Selected Book Chapters
Horgan, J. (2010). ‘Disengaging from Terrorism’, in D.C. Canter (ed.). The Faces of Terrorism: Cross-Disciplinary Investigations. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Gupta, D., Horgan, J., and Schmid, A. (2010). ‘A Marriage Made in Hell? Terrorism and Organized Crime’. In D.C. Canter (ed.). The Faces of Terrorism: Cross-Disciplinary Investigations. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Horgan J. (2009). ‘Individual Disengagement: A Psychological Perspective’, in T. Bjorgo and J. Horgan (Eds). Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (Routledge: New York).
Boucek, C., Beg, S. and Horgan, J. (2009). ‘Opening up the Jihadi Debate: Yemen’s Committee for Dialogue’, in T. Bjorgo and J. Horgan (Eds). Leaving Terrorism Behind: Individual and Collective Disengagement (Routledge: New York).
Horgan, J. (2009). ‘Interviewing Terrorists: A Case for Primary Research’, in H. Chen, E. Reid, J. Sinai, A. Silke and B. Ganor (eds.), Terrorism Informatics: Knowledge Management and Data Mining for Homeland Security (Integrated Series in Information Systems). Springer.
Horgan, J. (2008). ‘Looking to the Future: Practical Alternatives to Predicting Tomorrow’s Terrorists’, in B. Bowden and M. T. Davis (Eds.) Terror: From Tyrannicide to Terrorism (Brisbane: University of Queensland Press), pp. 282–297.
- Horgan's research featured in New York Times
- Website of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State
- From Profiling to Pathways: The Road to Recruitment
- Horgan's work featured in TIME magazine
- Horgan appointed to FBI NCAVC Research Advisory Board