Dr. Devorah Margolin


Dr. Devorah Margolin is Director of Strategic Initiatives and a Senior Research Fellow at the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University. She earned her PhD in International Relations and Security Studies from the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Her research primarily focuses on terrorism governance, terrorism financing, the role of propaganda, countering violent extremism, and the role of women in violent extremism. Devorah is the Project Manager for The ISIS Files Project and a Senior Investigator with the National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE). Additionally, she currently serves as co-PI on a GW-UNO grant for DHS examining best practices for reintegration programming for returning spouses and minors, as well as co-PI on PoE's core partnership with the Global Network on Extremism and Technology (GNET).

Dr. Margolin 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, Terrorism and Political Violence, The CTC Sentinel, Newsweek, and Foreign Policy. She is a contributor to the BBC, and she provides commentary to outlets including The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Telegraph, and The New York Times. Her co-edited volume Jihadist Terror: New Threats, New Responses, was published with I.B. Tauris in Spring 2019.

Dr. Margolin is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.


"Thousands of men, women and children remain in detention because of their former ties to ISISWashington Post, February 2, 2022

"Selfie and Siege: Women’s Social Media Footprint and the US Capitol Hill Siege"Global Network on Extremism and Technology, March 4, 2021

"Balancing Online Content Moderation and the Rule of Law," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, September 4, 2020.

"Cryptocurrency and the Dismantling of Terrorism Financing Campaigns," Lawfare, August 26, 2020.

"#Hamas: Using Twitter to Gain Legitimacy or Incite Violence?," Global Network on Extremism and Technology, July 6, 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.

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

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

"Kansas woman pleads guilty to leading ISIS battalion" | The World | June 8, 2022

"Kansas woman who joined ISIS pleads guilty to terrorism charge" | Washington Post | June 7, 2022

"Women put 'friendly face' on Jan. 6 attack, extremism research argues in new study" | NBC News | April 26, 2022

"Allison Fluke-Ekren is a rarity to experts: a woman alleged to have a senior role in ISIS" | USA Today | February 2, 2022

"American woman charged with supporting ISIS" | Good Morning America | January 31, 2022

"Kansas mother charged with leading all-female ISIS battalion" | CBS News | January 31, 2022

"Former Kansas teacher is accused of leading all-female ISIS brigade" | Washington Post | January 29, 2022

" Online sleuths track down US Capitol attackers" | France 24 | January 6, 2022

" TikTok's extremism problem: App recommends jihad, white supremacy and anti-Semitism to teens" | RAW Story | November 3, 2021

" EXPLAINER: How social platforms are dealing with the Taliban" | AP News | August 26, 2021

" UN Warns Too Few Islamic State Women Are Facing Justice" | VOA News | July 22, 2020

"What Was ISIS’s Real Estate Market Like? GW University Releases “The ISIS Files”" | Yahoo News | June 29, 2020

"Supporters Begin Flocking to New Islamic State Leader" | VOA News | October 31, 2019

"ISIS Names New Leader and Confirms al-Baghdadi’s Death" | New York Times | October 31, 2019

"Shamima Begum was cruel enforcer in Isil's morality police, say Syrian witnesses" | Telegraph | April 13, 2019

"Women take to the front line as desperate Isil fights to the end" | Telegraph | March 22, 2019

"Islamic State on brink of defeat as Western-backed forces corner fighters on river bank" | Telegraph | March 19, 2019

"Islamic State wives want to come home. But what were they doing while they were away?" | LA Times | March 5, 2019 

Isis Files & Women and Extremism | Combatting Jihadist Terror Podcast | April 22, 2022

Does Terrorism Have a Gender?  | Taking Apart Terror Podcast  |  August 9, 2021

Counter Terrorism Today Podcast | International Institute for Counter-Terrorism | May 10, 2021