Devorah Margolin

Devorah Margolin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University. Her research primarily focuses on violent Islamist groups in the Levant, terrorism governance, terrorism financing, the role of propaganda, countering violent extremism, and the role of women in violent Islamist groups. Devorah is the Project Manager for the ISIS Files Project. 


Devorah has presented her research to academics, practitioners, and government officials around the world, and has published her work in peer review journals and newspapers, including Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, CTC Sentinel, Newsweek and Haaretz. She is a contributor to the BBC, and she provides commentary to outlets including Los Angeles Times, USA Today and The Telegraph. Her forthcoming co-edited volume Jihadist Terror: New Threats, New Responses, will be published with I.B. Tauris in Spring 2019.


Prior to joining PoE, Devorah was a Senior Research Analyst at Combating Jihadist Terrorism and Extremism in the UK (CoJiT-UK), and a Researcher and Internship Coordinator at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). She is also currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.


"#Hamas: A Thematic Exploration of Hamas’s English-Language TwitterTerrorism and Political Violence, June 23, 2020 

"The Fractured Terrorism Threat to America" Lawfare, November 2019

"In Syria, the Women and Children of ISIS Have Been Forgotten" Foreign Policy, October 2019

Jihadist Terror: New Threats, New Responses, co-editor of forthcoming volume with Anthony Richards and Nicolò Scremin, I.B. Tauris, 2019

The Changing Roles of Women in Violent Islamist Groups from Hamas to the Islamic State” George Washington University Program on Extremism, March 2019

Neither Feminists nor Victims: How Women’s Agency Has Shaped Palestinian Violence” Debunking Myths on Gender and Extremism Paper Series, Institute for Global Change, September 17, 2018

The Mujahidat Dilemma: Female Combatants and the Islamic State” CTC Sentinel, Co-Authored with Charlie Winter, August 2017

Could the Next Islamic State Attacker in Europe Be A Woman?” Newsweek, July 27, 2017

U.S. Counter-Terror Financing Policy in the Middle East: The Levant as a Case Study” ICT, November 27, 2016

A Palestinian Woman’s Place in Terrorism: Organized Perpetrators or Individual Actors?” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, March 2016

Women’s Liberation: Violence and Palestinian Women in the Third Intifada,” Haaretz Newspaper, October 27, 2015