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Mathieu Guidère

Professor of Middle-Eastern and Islamic Studies, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès

Mathieu Guidere is a full professor at the University of Toulouse (since 2011). A scholar of cultural studies as it applies to the Arabic and Islamic world, he has held other professorships at such prestigious institutions including the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2007 to 2011) and the French Military Academy of Saint-Cyr (2003-2007). Dr. Guidere is co-founder of the "Radicalization Watch Project" and has been awarded a Fulbright Prize in 2006 to advance his research on radical islamism and the psychology of terrorism.

Dr. Guidere has published books on the Al-Qaeda organization and its activities in North Africa and the Middle East such as The New Terrorists (Les Nouveaux Terroristes, Autrement, 2010) and The Al-Qaeda Recruitment Manual (Le Manuel de recrutement d'Al-Qaeda, Le Seuil, 2007) which has been translated into Spanish (Manual de Reclutamiento Al Qaeda, Edorial Base, 2007). He has also published in English for the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point: "The Tribal Allegiance System within AQIM."

Since 2011, Dr. Guidere has been a Senior Fellow at The Brain Sciences Foundation. His research activities deal with the cognition of terrorism and its psychological stakes particularly as they apply to the protection of civilians (PoC) and to international law enforcement. He has been regularly interviewed by major international media such as CBS News, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post for his expertise in Islamist groups and behavioral sciences.


  • 2011–present
    Full Professor, University of Toulouse, France
  • 2007–2011
    Full Professor, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2003–2007
    Full Professor, French Military Academy of Saint-Cyr
  • 1998–2003
    Associate Professor, University of Lyon, France


  • 1998 
    University of Paris Sorbonne, PhD.
  • 1995 
    University of Paris Sorbonne, Master in Linguistics
  • 1994 
    University of Paris Sorbonne, Master in Middle-Estern Studies
  • 1993 
    University of Paris Sorbonne, BA of Arts


  • 2014
    25 books in French, 5 translated, Major publishers
  • 2012
    Historical Dictionary of Islamic Fundamentalism, Scarecrow Press

Grants and Contracts

  • 2006
    Grant RWP
    Funding Source:
    Fulbright Foundation
  • 1997
    Ranked First
    Funding Source:
    Ministry of Higher Education


Ranked First at the French Agregation