About Me

I am a Professor at American University with a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs and the School of International Service. My research seeks to understand the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. I have published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies.

I also am a contributor and an editor for the blog, Political Violence @ a Glance.

Some of my research was supported by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism START, where I am an Investigator and Research Affiliate. I have current research supported by NCITE.
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Tugging on Superman's Cape: Why Some Insurgencies Are Targets of Foreign Militaries

Victor Asal, Joseph K Young, Nakissa Jahanbani, Suzanne Weedon Levy

Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Routledge, 2021, pp. 1-25

Choosing to fight, choosing to die: Examining how ISIS foreign fighters select their operational roles

Tyler Evans, Daniel J Milton, Joseph K Young

International Studies Review, vol. 23, Oxford University Press, 2021, pp. 509-531

Radicalization and Deradicalization

Bethany Leap, Joseph K. Young

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, 2021

Transnational volunteers: American foreign fighters combating the Islamic State

Jason Fritz, Joseph K Young

Terrorism and Political Violence, vol. 32, Routledge, 2020, pp. 449-468

Tortured Logic: Why Some Americans Support the Use of Torture in Counterterrorism

Erin M Kearns, Joseph K Young

Columbia University Press, 2020

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