Professor David Jenks Named to Academic Fellowship in Terrorism Studies

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), a non-partisan policy institute headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced today that Dr. David Jenks, a professor of Criminology at the University of West Georgia, has been named an “Academic Fellow” for 2013-14. Jenks will travel to Israel in June for an intensive course in terrorism studies, and in particular, how democracies can defeat the worldwide terrorist threat.

“Terrorism remains the greatest threat today to the world’s democracies, including the United States and our allies around the globe,” said Clifford May, President of FDD. “To win the war against terrorism, we must win the war of ideas by promoting democracy and defeating the totalitarian ideologies that drive and justify terrorism.”

The FDD Academic Fellows program provides a 10-day learning experience to U.S. –based teaching and research professionals to provide them with cutting edge information about defeating terrorist groups. The 2013 program, which will be conducted at Tel Aviv University from June 16th to June 25th, includes lectures by academics, and military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, and the United States. It also includes “hands on” experience through visits to police, customs, and immigration facilities, military bases, and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.

Jenks serves as the chair of the UWG Department of Criminology and teaches an Intro to Criminal Justice course.

“I am honored to be chosen for this prestigious award,” said Jenks. “I have no doubt that studying terrorism in Israel will certainly benefit me in ways I cannot fully understand. I am confident I will be able to utilize the experience and pass it on to our students in the Department of Criminology and throughout the university.”

Jenks can be reached at 678-839-6327. For more information on the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies or the Academic Fellowship program, please contact Dana Murphy, Campus Programs Coordinator, at 202-207-0190.