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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Publications


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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