Dr. Jytte Klausen founded the Western Jihadism Project in 2006 with the aim of providing an integrated approach to demographic research and network analysis of Western violent extremists associated with Al Qaeda and the study of extremist Islamist ideology.

The project has produced an archive of jihadist publications—virtual and print—linked to a database containing records related to 5,000 Western citizens and permanent residents who have been convicted in connection with actions related to Al Qaeda and associated violent extremist organizations. Klausen leads a team at Brandeis University who are studying Islamist terrorist networks, funded initially by the UK Home Office, and now by an award from the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice.