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Author, professor and terrorism expert Martha Crenshaw will present a lecture titled “Terrorism–Why is the U.S. Targeted?” at Colby College in Waterville on Monday, February 11. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m. in room 1 of the F.W. Olin Science Center. A reception will immediately follow.

Crenshaw has published numerous books and articles exploring the contexts of terrorist organizations, using research on the psychological motivations behind terrorism to better understand its workings. She is the author of Revolutionary Terrorism: The FLN in Algeria, 1954-1962 and has edited several compilations analyzing terrorist movements around the world. Her reports to the U.S. House of Representatives and the Defense Nuclear Agency have aided in understanding and more effectively confronting the threat of international terrorism.

Crenshaw is currently the John E. Andrus Professor of Government at Wesleyan University, and in 1995 she received the university’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She serves on the executive board of Women in International Security, an organization dedicated to increasing the influence of women in the field of foreign and defense policy, and she is a councilor for the International Society of Political Psychology. Her recent research includes the Indian peacekeeping intervention in the civil conflict in Sri Lanka, for which she received a project grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1995.