Dr. Joana Cook is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. Cook is also a Teaching Fellow at King’s where she co-convenes the MA Homegrown Radicalisation course, and an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where she co-convenes an MA course on radicalisation. She has previously worked with Public Safety Canada’s Research Affiliate Program (Kanishka); as Editor-in-Chief of Strife based out of King’s; and as a journalist in Canada and southern Africa. Her research focuses on women in violent extremism, countering violent extremism, and counter-terrorism practices in Yemen and the wider MENA region.
She has presented her research to senior government and security audiences in a number of countries, and at institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and IISS (amongst others). She has also been featured in media such as Time, the Telegraph, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post and on BBC World News, Sky News, BBC Radio, the National Post and CBC.
Cook holds a PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s which examined women in relation to post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism responses in Yemen and the wider MENA region. She holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London and a BA in Political Science from the University of Regina. In 2016 she was a recipient of the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF)