Mia Bloom

Richmond programme endorsed by leading academic on terrorism

One of Richmond’s newest Masters programmes which is open for applications for January 2022 has been endorsed by a well-known scholar in terrorism.

In a recent tweet, Mia Bloom, a Canadian-born academic, author, and Professor of Communication and Middle East Studies at Georgia State University, highlights why Richmond’s MA in Terrorism, Security and Radical Right Extremism is so important in understanding terrorism, saying, “Now more than ever, this expertise will be crucial for the future.”

Extreme right wing terrorism is an issue which has also been raised by Neil Basu, the Met assistant commissioner, Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer, as, “My fastest growing problem. What I am seeing, particularly in the right-wing terrorism space, is an increase in lots of young people being attracted. We are seeing people as young as 13 starting to talk about committing terrorist acts.”

Professor Bloom is the author of a number of books on terrorism, including ‘Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011), Small Arms: Children and Terror [with John Horgan] (2019) & co-author of  Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon (2021).  She is also regularly featured as an expert contributor on CNN, CNN International, MSNBC and Fox News for terrorism and national security issues.

Richmond’s MA in Terrorism, Security and Radical Right Extremism, in association with The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR), provides a combination of practical and theoretical skills in a highly topical sub-discipline of International Relations, as well as incorporating History, Political Science and Criminology. Interested in finding out more? See our website for details.