Research/Areas of Interest:

-International security studies
-Homeland security
-Weapons of mass destruction


  • Ph.D., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA, 1998
  • M.A., Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA, 1994
  • B.S., Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA, 1993


James Forest is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a Visiting Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he teaches the course "Modern Terrorism and Counterterrorism". He is also a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Joint Special Operations University, and co-editor of the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Perspectives on Terrorism. Dr. Forest previously served on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy (3 years as Assistant Dean, 6 years as Director of Terrorism Studies) and has published many books and journal articles in the field of international security studies.
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Selected Publications

Forest, J. J. F. (2022). Digital Influence Mercenaries Profits and Power Through Information Warfare. US Naval Institute Press.

Forest, J. (2020). Digital Influence Warfare in the Age of Social Media. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO/Praeger.

Forest, J. J. F. (2018). The Terrorism Lectures A Comprehensive Collection for the Student of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and National Security. Nortia Press.

Forest, J. J. F. (2015). Essentials of Counterterrorism. ABC-CLIO.

Forest, J. (2014). U.S. Military Deployments to Africa: Lessons from the Hunt for Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Tampa, FL: JSOU Press.

Forest, J. J. F. (2013). Intersections of Crime and Terror. Routledge.