October 2, 2018 @ 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Elliott School of International Affairs, Linder Family Commons Room 602
1957 E St NW
Washington, DC 20052

Richard Nielsen will discuss his new book, Deadly Clerics: Blocked Ambition and the Paths to Jihad (Cambridge University Press, 2017), with POMEPS on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Elliott School for International Affairs, Linder Family Commons Room 602. This book explores multiple pathways of cleric radicalization and shows that the interplay of academic, religious, and political institutions has influenced the rise of modern jihadism through a mechanism of blocked ambition. The book draws on evidence from various sources, including large-scale statistical analysis of texts and network data obtained from the Internet, case studies of clerics’ lives, and ethnographic participant observations at sites in Cairo, Egypt.

Richard Nielsen is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT. In 2017-2019, he is an Andrew Carnegie fellow, and his work has previously been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Free copies of the book will be available for students

A light lunch will be provided

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Book Launch: Richard Nielsen “Deadly Clerics”