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Max Abrahms

Max Abrahms, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

not in residence

(310) 776-1232 (mobile)

Research Interests

terrorism and counterterrorism


Max Abrahms' research focuses on the consequences of terrorism, its motives, and the implications for counterterrorism strategy. Abrahms has published on these topics in International Security, Security Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, and in several edited volumes.  Abrahms has also worked with Col. Joseph Felter on the related issue of counterinsurgency, as a postdoctoral fellow on the Empirical Studies of Conflict project at the Hoover Institution. Prior to coming to Stanford, Abrahms was a lecturer in the National Security Studies program at Johns Hopkins University; a research associate at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; a fellow at Tel Aviv University; a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and a commissioned op-ed writer on terrorism for the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared as a terrorism analyst on ABC News, Al-Arabiyya, Al-Hurra, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CBS, CNN, CNN Financial, Fox News, National Public Radio, and PBS. Abrahms holds degrees in political science from Penn (B.A.), Oxford (M.Phil.), and UCLA (Ph.D.).