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James J.F. Forest, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Lowell
Terrorism, counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction. Top Secret clearance through the Department of Defense, where I serve as a Senior Fellow with the Joint Special Operations University (a research and teaching division of Special Operations Command). Formerly the Director of Terrorism Studies at the U.S. Military Academy (2004-2010). Please see for more information about my background.

Faculty Members
If our proposed graduate program in Security Studies is approved by the Board of Trustees in September, we will launch an interdisciplinary Center next year, with participating faculty from 3 colleges of the University: College of Sciences, College of Engineering, and College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (where the Dept. of Criminal Justice is located). I'll be the Chair of this group.

Contact Info
Primary Contact: James JF Forest
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Dep. of Criminal Justice and Criminology
870 Broadway Street
Mahoney Hall 202
Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 978-934-4773
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: TBD
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): No
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    FBI, DHS, state & local fusion centers, etc. Am currently collaborating with John Picarelli at NIJ on a special issue of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence, which will focus on intersections of crime and terrorism.

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    Websites, online teaching, guest lecturing for other institutions (including HSMI in Rochester, NY and NDIC in Washington, DC).

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    DOD (SO/LIC)

  • Current Projects:
    Global kidnapping trends; community responses to terrorist radicalization; intersections of criminal and terrorist networks.

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