James J.F. Forest, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As a faculty member in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies, Dr. Forest teaches undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree courses on terrorism and counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction and contemporary security studies. He is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations University, where he contributes to the teaching and research needs of the U.S. Special Operations Forces community. And he works with John Horgan, Mia Bloom, Mary Beth Altier, Neil Shortland, and Bryan Carter in the new Center for Terrorism and Security Studies at UMass Lowell.

Dr. Forest is the former Director of Terrorism Studies at the United States Military Academy, and the recipient of several Department of the Army civilian service awards. During his tenure at West Point (2001-2010) he taught courses on international relations, terrorism, counterterrorism, information warfare, comparative politics and sub-Saharan Africa. He also directed a series of research initiatives and education programs for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point (CTC), covering topics such as terrorist recruitment, training, and organizational knowledge transfer. For much of this time, BG (ret.) Russell Howard was the Director of the CTC, and General (ret.) Wayne Downing was the Center’s Distinguished Chair – please visit the foundation established in Wayne Downing’s honor, and consider making a donation. Later, BG (ret.) Michael Meese was the CTC Director, and General (ret.) John Abizaid was the Distinguished Chair. Dr. Forest also served as an assistant dean at West Point, under BG (ret.) Daniel Kaufman.

Dr. Forest has published 20 books and dozens of articles in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Contemporary Security Policy, Crime and Delinquency, the Journal of Strategic Security, Perspectives on Terrorism, the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the Journal of Political Science Education, and Democracy and Security. He is regularly invited to give speeches and lectures in the U.S. and other countries, and has testified as an expert witness for terrorism-related court trials and for committee hearings of the U.S. Senate. He also serves as Co-Editor of Perspectives on Terrorism, an internationally-acclaimed journal of peer-reviewed scholarly analysis, and he is an editorial board member of several journals, including Terrorism and Political Violence, the Journal of Strategic Security, and the Journal of Transportation Security.

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


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Contact info:  Dr. James J.F. Forest, School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 113 Wilder St., Suite 400, Lowell, MA 01854-3060.   Tel: +1-978-934-4773 / Email: james_forest at uml.edu

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