David Jones is a graduate of the the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science. In the fall of 2017 he will begin a Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs. During his undergraduate degree, a significant portion of his coursework focused on radicalization and security.
David has significant research and professional experience related to radicalization and terrorism. David is currently working as a research intern for Valens Global, a firm based in Washington, D.C., that specializes in conducting research and analysis on violent non-state actors. His work has focused on the global Islamic State – Al-Qai’da competition and far-right online extremism. Additionally, David is presently working on a TSAS-funded project (with Dr. Andy Knight and Dr. John McCoy) studying causes of radicalization within converts to Islam. He has published pieces related to extremism in The Globe and Mail, and the Political Science Undergraduate Review.
David was awarded a SSHRC CGS-M by Carleton University to undertake research intended to lay the foundation for a generalized assessment framework for programs designed to counter violent extremism, and intend to focus his graduate work on this topic.