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Professor of Communication and Middle East Studies, Georgia State University

Mia Bloom is Professor at Georgia State University and International Security Fellow at New America. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. Bloom has authored five books and 80+ articles on terrorism and violent extremism including "Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror" (2005), "Living Together After Ethnic Killing" [with Roy Licklider] (2007) "Bombshell: Women and Terror" (2011) and "Small Arms: Children and Terror" (2019). Bloom is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and McGill Universities. Bloom's forthcoming book is "Veiled Threats: Women and Jihad."
Under the auspices of the Minerva Research Initiative and the Department of Defense, Bloom conducts research on how children become involved in terrorist groups, how terrorists use social media to radicalize and recruit, and, recently, how conspiracy theories have been weaponized. This newly awarded project has resulted in "Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon" (2021) co-authored with Dr. Sophia Moskalenko.
Bloom has a PhD in political science from Columbia University, a Masters in Arab Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Bachelors from McGill University in Russian, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.


  • –present
    Professor of Communication, Georgia State University


9 Minerva Research Grants since 2007, MacArthur SSRC fellowship, USIP Peace Scholar, AUCC (FLAS) Arabic Fellow