Primary Department
School of Law and Government
Assistant Professor of Terrorism Studies/IMSISS Associated Partner Liaison
James Fitzgerald
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number

Academic biography

Dr James Fitzgerald is Assistant Professor in Security Studies at the School of Law and Government and Founding Director of the Erasmus Mundus International Master in Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS): DCU's first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree. 

Previously co-convenor of the BISA Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (2013-2017), he specialises in applying political theory to dynamics of terrorism and political violence (and vice-versa). He is variously published in top-ranking journals, including Critical Studies on Terrorism and First Monday and his current research focuses on ontologies of security, intersections of conspiracy with political violence and ‘radicalisation’ and the discursive construction of displaced individuals as ‘potential terrorists’.

Research interests

 • Terrorism and Political Violence: Conspiracy and Violent Extremism, Everyday Resistances to ‘Terrorism’, Societal Impact(s) of Counterterrorism Policies, ‘Islamist Terrorism’, al Qaeda and the Islamic State, Epistemologies of Terrorism, Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS), Right-Wing Violent Extremism

• International Relations & Security Studies: International Relations Theory, Security Studies, Critical Security Studies (CSS), Terrorism and International Security, Risk, Refugees and Border Control, Artificial Intelligence and Security

• Philosophy of Social Science and Political Theory: Philosophy of Social Science, Political Theory, Discourse Theory, Discourse Analysis, Traditional and Critical Perspectives on Knowledge Production, Reflexivity and the ‘Self’ in Social and Political Theory • Pedagogy: Constructivist Learning Approaches, Innovations in In-Class Delivery, Online and Blended-Learning Environments, Cross-Cultural Learning, Collaborative Learning, Innovations in Assessment Methods