Alex Hobson, Ph.D.

Fellow Strategy and Policy Department
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Biography

Alex Hobson is a scholar of twentieth and twenty-first century international history. His book project, “Chains of Vengeance: The United States, the Middle East, and Wars of Terrorism, 1967-2001,” offers a critical analysis of the role of vengeance in U.S.-Middle East relations. He has taught at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Drake University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University, where he received his Ph.D. in history. Hobson’s writing has appeared in International History Review and Foreign Policy, among other publications.

Areas of Expertise

  • Terrorism

Professional Highlights

2022

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Began Post-Doctoral Fellow for the John Brown Chair of Counterterrorism.
2021

Lecturer, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Taught courses in the history of international relations.
2020

Lecturer, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Taught courses in the history of international relations.
2019

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, Northwestern University

Archival research and taught upper-level lecture course entitled Global History of Terrorism.

Education

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2017, History

M.A., Northwestern University, 2010, History

B.A., University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, 2003, History

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Research Contributions and Publications

Chains of Vengeance: The United States, the Middle East, and the Wars of Terrorism, 1967-2001
In progress

“Creating a World Stage: Revolution Airport and the Illusion of Power”
The International History Review, Volume 42, Issue 5, p. 930-950
2020

“An Eye for an Eye Doesn’t Make Americans Safer”
Foreign Policy
2020

Other Honors

The Harold Perkin Dissertation Award for the Best Dissertation of the Year
Northwestern University History Department
2018

External Memberships and Associations

American Historical Association

Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations

Middle East Studies Association

American Studies Association

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