The Program on Extremism at George Washington University provides analysis on issues related to violent and non-violent extremism. The Program spearheads innovative and thoughtful academic inquiry, producing empirical work that strengthens extremism research as a distinct field of study. The Program aims to develop pragmatic policy solutions that resonate with policymakers, civic leaders, and the general public.
The Program brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts from across the globe, including government officials with experience in public safety and law enforcement, scholars, former extremists, and counter-extremism practitioners providing first-hand assistance to families grappling with radicalization. This diverse team is led by Director Dr. Lorenzo Vidino and Deputy Director Seamus Hughes. Dr. Vidino is a leading expert on Islamism in Europe and North America, and a regular commentator on diverse media outlets. Mr. Hughes is a recognized expert on homegrown violent extremism and the author of several legislative bills and reports.