College of Arts and Sciences

James M. Lutz

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"The Causes of Terrorism: No Single Explanation"
James M. Lutz

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Neff Hall, Room 101


James M. Lutz is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has been part of the department since 1982. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.

He has taught a variety of courses on politics, such as western European and Middle Eastern politics, international political economy, methods and statistics, American foreign policy, and Terrorism, among others.

Since 1999 Lutz’s research has been focused primarily in the area of global terrorism. He has, however, published widely in a variety of areas, including international political conflict, political violence, and election analysis. He has authored or co-authored ten books and more than 70 articles and book chapters, including with Brenda J. Lutz as a coauthor, a textbook entitled Global Terrorism (2004; 2008), Terrorism: Origins and Evolution (2005), and Terrorism in America (2007). He also compiled a four-volume collection of articles and chapters on terrorism, Global Terrorism (2008, with Brenda J. Lutz). Another book written with Brenda J. Lutz, Terrorism: The Basics, will be published in 2011.

Lutz has presented at conferences in the United States and abroad.  He has made presentations to the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC, the senior class at the Foreign Service Institute in South Africa, the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, South Africa, and the South African Defence Intelligence College.

In 2007 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Research Award at IPFW and was the Richard Lugar Scholar in the spring of 2005. He has served three terms on the board of directors of the International Trade and Finance Association, is on the editorial board of Global Economy Journal and Open Urban Studies Journal, and is a frequent academic reviewer of journal articles as well as book manuscripts and proposals.