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Prof. Jytte Klausen

Learn more about Prof. Jytte Klausen.

Article announcing the NIJ grant awarded to Jytte Klausen's Western Jihadism lab by Zachary Schwartz is accessible here

Transnational Security and Migration

Students interested in transnational security have the rare opportunity to study one of the critical threats to the security of contemporary societies - that is, the threat posed by radically anti-Western terrorist networks in Europe and the United States. Through the Klausen Social Science Lab, students will also become familiar with the tools security experts now use to assess such threats; tools such as cutting-edge software and political science methods of network analysis.

Social Science Lab

Students interested in Global Security have the chance to work in Professor Jytte Klausen's Social Science lab. The lab's current major project is on Western Jihadism, which collects and analyzes data about people involved in terrorist networks that are active in Europe and the United States. Internships in Professor Klausen's lab provide students with skills they can use in future careers in threat assessment and deterrence.

As researchers in the lab, students learn to use public source data for social sciences research on terrorism. Students are trained in designing datasets and data collection and translating qualitative information into quantitative data and metrics. (This class would serve as a core course in methodology.)

This training and research gives students the opportunity to publish single-author or coauthored Working Papers and articles on contemporary jihadism, as well as to prepare other public presentations on current security concerns.

Global Studies | Transnational Security and Migration Courses

Students interested in Global Security are encouraged to take POL 160A: The War on Global Terrorism.

In addition to the Global Studies core curriculum, students take three or four electives that complement their thesis projects and prepare them for work in their field. Students intending to  address the origins and nature of terrorism may be interested in one or more of the following classes:

  • ANTH 129A - Global, Transnational, and Diasporic Communities
  • ANTH 134B - Rethinking Revolutions: Ethnographic Explorations into Radical Political
  • HIST 111A - History of the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 112A - Nationalism in the Middle East
  • HIST 156A - U.S. Responses to Global Inequality: Recent Histories
  • HIST 175B 1 - Resistance and Revolution in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • IGS 130A - Global Migration
  • POL 133A - Contemporary Politics in the Middle East
  • LGLS 123B - Immigration and Human Rights
  • LGLS 130A - Conflict Analysis and Intervention
  • POL 133A - Contemporary Politics in the Middle East
  • POL 134B - The Global Migration Crisis
  • POL 135B - The Politics of Islamic Resurgence
  • POL 145B - Muslims in the West: Politics, Religion, and Law
  • POL 160A - The War on Global Terror
  • POL 164A - Conflict and Peacemaking in the Middle East
  • POL 173A - U.S. Foreign Economic Policy
  • POL 174B - Seminar: Problems of National Security
  • POL 134B - The Global Migration Crisis
  • PSYC 32A - Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC 122A - Sociology of American Immigration
  • SOC 124A - Gender and Human Rights
  • SOC 127A - Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
  • SOC 146B - Nationalism and Globalization