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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 field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. Bloom has authored six books and over 80 publications 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. She serves on the board of Women without Borders (WwB).
Under the auspices of DoD's 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, how conspiracy theories have been weaponized, and insider threats to the US military. These projects have resulted in "Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon" (2021) co-authored with Dr. Sophia Moskalenko and articles on foreign malign influence operations. Bloom's next book "Veiled Threats: Women and Global Jihad" will be published with Cornell University Press in 2024.
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 Double Honors Bachelors Degree from McGill University in History and Russian, Islamic and Middle East Studies. Bloom is featured regularly in the US and international media.


  • –present
    Professor of Communication, Georgia State University


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