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James Fitzgerald

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Assistant Professor In Terrorism Studies
Law & Government


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T: Ext. 7772
E: James.fitzgerald@dcu.ie
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Biography

Dr. James Fitzgerald is Assistant Professor in Terrorism Studies at the School of Law and Government and Programme Director of the Erasmus Mundus International Master in Intelligence and Strategic Studies (IMSISS). Previously co-convenor of the Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (2013-2017), he specialises in applying political theory to dynamics of terrorism and political violence (and vice-versa). Current research interests include: the terrorism/refugee narrative; the iconography of contemporary terrorism, storytelling approaches to inquiring terrorism and political violence and AI-led approaches to Counterterrorism. 

Research Interests

  • International Relations & Security Studies:
International Relations Theory, Security Studies, Critical Security Studies (CSS), Terrorism and International Security, International Political Discourse, Robotics and Drones in Modern and Future Warfare  

  • Terrorism and Political Violence:
Cultural Resistances to ‘Terrorism’, ‘Islamist Terrorism’, Discourses of Terrorism, Terrorism Studies, Critical Terrorism Studies (CTS), Religion and Terrorism, Nationalism and Terrorism, Right-Wing Terrorism  

  • 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

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Confronting the terrorism/refugee narrative: human stories of resistance Irish Research Council 01-JAN-17 - 30-SEP-17 DCU PI 22,364.27

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Brady , Sheelagh PhD Supervisor
Andreeva , Christine PhD Supervisor

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Prof. Maura Conway Dublin City University IRELAND
Prof. Noel O' Connor Dublin City University IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Prof. Anthony Lemieux Georgia State University IRELAND

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2020 'Reflexivity in the Study of Security and Conflict'
Fitzgerald, J. (2020) 'Reflexivity in the Study of Security and Conflict' In: Richmond O., Visoka G (eds). The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Critical epistemologies of terrorism'
Fitzgerald J. (2016) 'Critical epistemologies of terrorism' In: Routledge Handbook of Critical Terrorism Studies. London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Why me? An autoethnographic account of the bizarre logic of counterterrorism'
Fitzgerald, J. (2016) 'Why me? An autoethnographic account of the bizarre logic of counterterrorism' In: Heath-Kelly, C., Baker-Beall, C., Jarvis, L (eds). Neoliberalism and Terror: Critical Engagements. Abingdon: Routledge. [Details]
2012 'Combating Terrorism: A New Way Forward'
Fitzgerald, J. (2012) 'Combating Terrorism: A New Way Forward' In: Shanty, F (eds). Counterterrorism: From the Cold War to the War on Terror. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Publishing. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2018 Terrorism and Policy Relevance Critical Perspectives
Fitzgerald, J., Ali, N., Armstrong, M. A (Ed.). (2018) Terrorism and Policy Relevance Critical Perspectives London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'Frontline perspectives on preventing violent extremism: an interview with Alyas Karmani (STREET UK)'
Fitzgerald J. (2016) 'Frontline perspectives on preventing violent extremism: an interview with Alyas Karmani (STREET UK)'. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 9 (1):139-149 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Across the divide: reflections of a collaborative class on terrorism'
Fitzgerald, J., Lemieux, A. F. (2010) 'Across the divide: reflections of a collaborative class on terrorism'. 3 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Editors’ introduction: Critical terrorism studies: Reflections on policy-relevance and disciplinarity'
Fitzgerald J., Ali N., Armstrong M. (2016) 'Editors’ introduction: Critical terrorism studies: Reflections on policy-relevance and disciplinarity'. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 9 (1):1-11 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Counter-radicalisation policy across Europe: an interview with Maarten van de Donk (Radicalisation Awareness Network)'
Fitzgerald J. (2016) 'Counter-radicalisation policy across Europe: an interview with Maarten van de Donk (Radicalisation Awareness Network)'. Critical Studies on Terrorism, :1-8 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Why me? An autoethnographic account of the bizarre logic of counterterrorism'
Fitzgerald J. (2015) 'Why me? An autoethnographic account of the bizarre logic of counterterrorism'. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 8 (1):163-180 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Embracing subjectivities in the collaborative teaching of terrorism: Pedagogy in a 'critical' learning environment'
Fitzgerald J.;Lemieux A. (2011) 'Embracing subjectivities in the collaborative teaching of terrorism: Pedagogy in a 'critical' learning environment'. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 4 (3):441-450 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Between Humanitarianism and Security: Displacement in a Perilous State of Exception'
Fitzgerald, J. (2017) 'Between Humanitarianism and Security: Displacement in a Perilous State of Exception' Europe Now, 1 (3) . [Details]
2017 'Confronting the Terrorism/Refugee Narrative Human Stories of Resistance'
Fitzgerald, J. (2017) 'Confronting the Terrorism/Refugee Narrative Human Stories of Resistance' Europe Now, 1 (1) . [Details]
2011 '‘Pedagogy in a Blended-Learning Environment: The Utility of Discussion Forums and Wiki Group Projects’'
Fitzgerald, J., Lemieux, A. F. (2011) '‘Pedagogy in a Blended-Learning Environment: The Utility of Discussion Forums and Wiki Group Projects’' Why Social Science Matters, (5) . [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2017 Best Research Paper Marburg University
2011 Winner Best Lecturer (New Lecturer Category) DCU President's Awards for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Middle East Studies Association Member 01-SEP-13 / 29-JUN-20
British International Studies Association Member 01-SEP-10 /
International Studies Association Member 01-SEP-09 / 29-JUN-20
Critical Studies on Terrorism Working Group (CSTWG) Previous Convenor and Member 01-SEP-13 /
Political Studies Association of Ireland Member 01-SEP-09 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
No-Deal Brexit scenario-planning working group Convenor, Programme Chair / Ongoing
DCU IMSISS Standing Committee Convenor and Programme Chair / Ongoing
School of Law and Government Blended Learning Working Group Convenor / Ongoing
IMSISS Staff Student Liaison Committee Programme Chair / Ongoing
IMSISS Teaching, Learning and Quality Assurance Committee Programme Chair / Ongoing
SALUS Journal Member / Ongoing

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
National University of Ireland, Maynooth Adjunct Lecturer in International Security 01-FEB-12 / 30-JUN-12
Dublin City University Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations 01-SEP-11 / 30-JUN-12
Dublin City University Assistant Professor in Terrorism Studies 01-SEP-14 / 03-JUL-20
Dublin City University Lecturer in Politics and International Relations 01-OCT-12 / 31-AUG-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2005 Dublin City University BS Business Studies
2014 Dublin City University PhD International Relations
2006 Dublin City University MA International Security and Conflict Studies

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Brazilian Portuguese Functional Functional Functional
English Fluent Fluent Fluent

Reviews

  Journal Role
Critical Studies On Terrorism Reviewer
Critical Studies On Terrorism Series Editor
Terrorism And Political Violence Editor
British Journal Of Politics And International Relations Reviewer
Cambridge Review Of International Studies Reviewer
Media, War And Conflict Reviewer

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2014
Consultancy Matheson Law Firm Expert report provided in High Court Case re. Terrorism

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2015
Educational Outreach/Public Engagement Dublin City University Convenor, Chair, Panelist: Facing Radicalisation Facing Radicalisation (2015) brought together a panel of experts at DCU to examine why individuals turn to political violence, including contributions from Dr. Alyas Karmani (STREET UK), a former Jihadist-turned-high profile violence prevention intervention provider.

Media

  Title Year Type Authors
Interview on Dissident Republican Activity 2017 Television interview/panel discussion RTE News
The development of ISIS and the 13 November Paris attacks 2015 Television interview/panel discussion TV3
The Evolution of Evil: Osama bin Laden. 2015 Documentary Discovery Networks
Woolwich Terrorist Attack 2013 Radio Interviews Today FM
British Library declines Taliban archive over terror law fears 2015 Newspaper article (online) BBC News
'Faculty-Inspired Team-Teaching Makes Internationalization Affordable’ 2011 Newspaper article (Print) Labi, Aisha
The Trump administration appears intent on taking the US down an increasingly authoritarian path 2020 Newspaper article (Print) Fitzgerald, J.

Teaching Interests

International Relations, Terrorism Studies, Security Studies, Political Ideologies, Foreign Policy, Discourse Analysis (/Theory), Political Theory, Methodology and Research Design, Blended-Learning Pedagogy

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2020 Dissertation LG333Dissertation
2020 Dissertation LG353Dissertation
2020 Dissertation LG368Dissertation
2020 Intelligence&Security Analysis:Theory & Pract LG5030Intelligence&Security Analysis:Theory & Pract
2020 Political Terrorism LG536Political Terrorism
2020 International Security: Critical Approaches LG5029International Security: Critical Approaches
2020 Intro. to International Relations & Security LG117Intro. to International Relations & Security
2020 Political Terrorism LG343Political Terrorism
2020 Political Ideologies LG359Political Ideologies

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