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Thomas Hegghammer

Thomas Hegghammer

Consulting Professor
Zuckerman Fellow

No longer at CISAC.

Research Interests

Militant Islamism; transnational terrorist groups; socio-cultural practices in terrorist groups


Last updated September 2013.

Thomas Hegghammer is director of terrorism research at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment in Oslo. He was the Zukerman fellow at CISAC in 2012-2013. He has previously held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at Harvard, Princeton and New York Universities. Dr. Hegghammer studies militant Islamism with a particular focus on transnational jihadi groups. His book Jihad in Saudi Arabia (Cambridge 2010) won the silver medal of the Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council of Foreign Relations. He also co-authored Al-Qaida in its own Words (Harvard 2008) and The Meccan Rebellion (Amal Press 2011). His articles have been published in the American Political Science Review, International Security, Journal of Peace Research, and other journals. He as written op-eds for the New York Times and al-Sharq al-Awsat, as well as reports for the International Crisis Group and the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. He has also testified in several parliaments (including the US Congress) and served as an expert witness (for both prosecution and defence) in terrorism trials.