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Professor of Communication and Middle East Studies, Georgia State University

Dr. Mia Bloom is Professor at Georgia State University and the 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) "Small Arms: Children and Terror" (2019) and "Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon" (2021) co-authored with Dr. Sophia Moskalenko. 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 children involved in terrorist groups, social media used to radicalize and recruit, how conspiracy theories are weaponized, and identifying insider threats to the US military. 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 as an analyst for CNN, MSNBC, Al Hurrah, and the BBC.


  • –present
    Professor of Communication, Georgia State University


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