David C. Rapoport

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David Charles Rapoport (born January 7, 1929) is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at University of California, Los Angeles, and an expert in terrorism. Since 1989 he has been editor of the scholarly journal Terrorism and Political Violence.


In 1962 Rapoport began working at University of California, Los Angeles as a political theorist and "taught the first course on terrorism" in the United States.[1]

In 1989 he was one of the founding editors of Terrorism and Political Violence devoted to studying terrorism.[2]

He retired in 1995 and then became the first director of the Center for the Study or Religion and also head of the Interdepartmental Major in Religion UCLA.[3] Until 2011, Rapoport he continued teaching at UCLA, earning teaching awards.[4]


  • Terrorism: Critical Concepts in Political Science (New York: Routledge, 2006) ISBN 0415316502
  • Inside Terrorist Organizations (New York: Columbia University Press, 1988) ISBN 0231067208
  • The Democratic Experience and Political Violence (Portland, OR : F. Cass, 2001) (with Leonard Weinberg) ISBN 0714651508
  • The Morality of Terrorism: Religious and Secular Justifications (New York: Pergamon Press, 1982) (with Yonah Alexander) ISBN 008026347X
  • Morality of Terrorism: Religious Origins and Ethnic Implications (with Yonah Alexander) ISBN
  • The Rationalization of Terrorism (Frederick, MD : University Publications of America, 1982) (with Yonah Alexander) ISBN 0890934134
  • Assassination and Terrorism (Toronto: Canadian Broadcasting Corp., 1971)
  • The Four Waves of Terrorism, by David C Rapoport (2004) in Attacking Terrorism (Cronin and Ludes eds.) ISBN 0878403477


  1. ^ http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/content/david-rapoport
  2. ^ David C. Rapoport, Paul Wilkinson (1989). "Editorial manifesto". Terrorism and Political Violence 1 (1): 5–6. doi:10.1080/09546558908427009. 
  3. ^ http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/content/david-rapoport
  4. ^ http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/content/david-rapoport

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