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Foundation Director, Global Terrorism Research Centre, Monash University

Associate Professor Pete Lentini (BA, Rhode Island; PhD, Glasgow) is Foundation Director of the Global Terrorism Research Centre (GTReC), Monash University and the Founder of its Master of Counter-Terrorism Studies program. He is a co-chief investigator on the Australian Research Council Project, ‘Understanding Terrorism in an Australian Context: Radicalisation, De-Radicalisation and Counter-Radicalisation’, jointly conducted by GTReC members, Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of Justice, State Government of Victoria. Associate Professor Lentini was an Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts, and Head and Deputy Head of its School of Political and Social Inquiry. Monash University has recognized his contribution to community-based research partnerships (2006 and 2012), lecturing (2012) and small group teaching (2009), and has presented him with multiple awards for excellence in postgraduate supervision (1998 and 2011). His latest book, Neojihadism: Towards A New Understanding of Terrorism and Extremism? will be published by Edward Elgar in 2013. Associate Professor Lentini is the author of many scholarly articles on terrorism, extremism, contemporary Russian politics, and subcultural politics, and is the editor of Elections and Political Order in Russia: The Implications of the 1993 Elections to the Russian Federal Assembly (1995) and co-editor of Regional Security in the Asia-Pacific: 9/11 and After (2004). Since 2003 he has briefed various allied countries’ intelligence and diplomatic personnel on terrorism-related issues, contributed to Australian counter-terrorism professional and police training programs, and worked with Victorian community groups on matters of social inclusion.


  • 2007–present
    Foundation Director, Global Terrorism Research Centre, Monash University
  • 2012–present
    Associate Professor, Global Terrorism Research Centre, Monash University


  • 1997 
    Glasgow University (Institute of Russian and East European Studies), PhD
  • 1988 
    University of Rhode Island, BA


2012 Commendation: Dean's Award for Excellence in Engagement
2011 Dean's Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision