Heidi E. Lane, PhD

Heidi E. Lane, PhD

Associate Professor
S&P Professor
Strategy & Policy
(401) 841-7798


Professor Heidi E. Lane is Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy and Director of the Greater Middle East Research Study Group at the US Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. She has conducted extensive field research in the Middle East, including as research affiliate with the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and as a U.S. Fulbright scholar in Syria. She was a research fellow with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University from 2010-2012. She is currently a senior associate at the Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) at the Naval War College. Her areas of specialization are ethnic and religious nationalism, insurgency and terrorism, and de-radicalization. She is currently completing research on a book manuscript about the effects of counterterrorism programs on state liberalization in the Middle East. She also taught as a visiting instructor in Department of Government, Claremont-McKenna College before joining the US Naval War College in 2003. Dr. Lane holds a M.A and Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the Center for Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. She is trained in Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian.

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