Priya Dixit, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech University

Country: United States (Virginia)

About Me:

My research interests are security studies (especially terrorism); qualitative research methodologies (especially discourse analysis and ethnography) and postcolonial theory in International Relations.  I recently published a book States and “Terrorists” in Nepal and Northern Ireland: The Social Construction of State Terrorism (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2015). I also edited, along with Jacob Stump, a book on Critical Methods in Terrorism Studies (Routledge, New York, 2015) and co-wrote Critical Terrorism Studies: An Introduction to Research (Routledge, New York, 2013), which is all about research methods. Currently, I am researching the role played by Gurkhas in global security, taking a historical and comparative approach. I am also studying different aspects of terrorism and radicalization in the West, especially what has been defined as “homegrown” extremism. A related interest is on US foreign policy/national security and its conceptualization of threats. I teach classes on National Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism, and Global Security at Virginia Tech.

Research Interests


Political Violence

Conflict Processes & War