Dr. John F. Morrison is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the co-programme director of the MSc in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies there, which launched in the academic year 2019/20. John holds a BA in Psychology from University College Dublin, an MA in Forensic Psychology from University College Cork and a PhD in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.
Prior to joining Royal Holloway in September 2018 John was a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of East London (UEL). John was also a a postdoctoral researcher at The International Center for the Study of Terrorism, at The Pennsylvania State University between 2010 and 2011. In that year he managed the Violent Dissident Irish Republican research project.
John is an asscoiate editor of two leading academic journals in terrorism studies, Perspectives on Terrorism and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, and sits on the editorial board of Terrorism and Political Violence. He is also the host and developer of the Talking Terror podcast.
John’s research interests include organisational splits in terrorist groups, the role of trust in terrorist involvement, violent dissident Irish republicanism, the psychology of terrorism, expert-novice differences in terrorist offenders, and the social ecology of radicalisation.
This Policy Brief outlines several approaches that can be adopted by U.S. policymakers to address the challenges posed by militia violent extremist groups.