Home

Bio

Press Room

Research

Teaching

At Play

Links

Contact Info


Washington Times - April 3, 2014
Fort Hood and the Celebrity of Suicide

WVUA 90.7 - March 3, 2014: 
Bin Laden's Son-In Law Goes On Trial

Research Magazine - January 13, 2014:
The Myth of Martyrdom

American University - December 12, 2013:
Reconsidering Terrorism

Collegian - December 1, 2013:
Leadership Board Faculty Fellows Represent College's Most Promising Scholars

SciLogs - November 13, 2013:
Can We Predict Mass Shootings?

Origo (Hungary) - September 27, 2013:
Jegyet Adott a Mennyországba

National Public Radio (NPR) - September 18, 2013:
A Lingering Question From The Navy Yard

Popular Science - September 17, 2013:
How Often Do Mass Shooters Die In Their Attacks?

WBAL Radio Baltimore - September 16, 2013:
Shooting at D.C. Navy Yard 

Basler Zeitung (Germany) - September 11, 2013: 
Märtyrer Mit Suizidgedanken

Imitatio - September 11, 2013:
September 11 and The Myth of Martyrdom

Badische Zeitung (Germany) - September 7, 2013:
Was Geht In Selbstmord-Attentätern Vor?

Kipa-Apic (Switzerland) - September 7, 2013:
Lieber Märtyrer Als Feigling

Foreign Affairs - August 28, 2013: 
The Suicidal Tendencies of Suicide Bombers

Utrop (Norway) - August 17, 2013: 
Traumatisk Oppvekst Kan Føre Til Terrorisme

The Washington Post - August 13, 2013:
Defense Should Join Justice In Classifying Fort Hood As Terrorism

L'Action (Canada) - August 2, 2013: 
Définir Les Terroristes

American University Magazine - August 1, 2013:
Homeland Insecurity

Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea - Newstalk (Ireland) - July 20, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom

Science Omega - July 18, 2013:
Life or Death Psychology: Exploring The Minds Of Mass Shooters

Science Daily - July 12, 2013:
Understanding The Motivations Of Mass Shooters Is Key To Successful Law Enforcement Strategies

Foreign Policy - July 8, 2013:
What Have We Learned About Mass Shooters?

New Scientist - July 6, 2013:
Martyr Myth: Inside the Minds of Suicide Bombers

Bergens Tidende (Norway)
- July 5, 2013:
Velkommen til Taperklubben

El Comercio (Perú) - May 26, 2013:
El Spa De Los Yihadistas (.pdf)

Dateline Alabama - May 1, 2013: 
Accused CopperTop Shooter Asks For Death Penalty; UA Mass Shooter Expert: "I'm Not At All Surprised"

WYPR Radio Baltimore with Dan Rodricks - April 24, 2013:
Boston Bombings Aftermath

Time Magazine - April 23, 2013:
Terrorists and Mass Shooters: More Similar Than We Thought

Publimetro (Perú) - April 23, 2013:
¿Cuándo Llamarlo Terrorismo?

The Times of Israel (Israel) - April 23, 2013:
The Mind Of The Terrorist Is The Mind Of His Mother

Baltimore Sun - April 20, 2013:
After The Boston Bombings, Returning To Our Post-9/11 Rituals

Fox 45 News - WBFF - April 19, 2013:
Boston Bombing

WBAL Radio Baltimore - April 19, 2013:
Boston Bombing Suspects: One Dead As Search Continues For Second Suspect

Fiscal Times - April 19, 2013:
After Boston Attack, Big Brother Will Be Watching

The Wall Street Journal - April 18, 2013:
Authorities Hone Fight Against Terrorism

Courrier International (France) - April 17, 2013:
A Boston, Un Air De Kaboul Et De Bagdad

MSNBC - The Cycle - April 16, 2013:
Boston Marathon Bombing: Why Would Someone Do This?

ABC News (33/40) Birmingham - April 16, 2013:
Boston Marathon Bombing

Alabama 13 TV (NBC) - April 16, 2013:
UA Criminologist Weighs In On Boston Bomber

WYPR Radio Baltimore with Dan Rodricks - April 16, 2013:
Boston Bombings

CBS Radio Washington DC with The Junkies - 106.7 The Fan - April 16, 2013:
Boston Marathon Bombing

WBAL Radio Baltimore - April 16, 2013:
Boston Marathon Bombing

BuzzFeed - April 16, 2013:
Boston Bombing Is A Glimpse Of Kabul And Baghdad

The New York Times - April 7, 2013:
The One-Page Magazine

ABC Radio National - Rear Vision (Australia) - April 7, 2013:
Mass Public Shootings

Family Security Matters - April 3, 2013:
Guess What? Suicide Bombers Are Suicidal!

Citizen Times (Germany) - March 31, 2013:
Guess What? Suicide Bombers Are Suicidal!

Rosner's Domain - March 27, 2013:
Q&A: Many Suicide Terrorists Are Suicidal In The Clinical Sense

Haverford Magazine - March 18, 2013:
Dismantling the Myth of Martyrdom

Des Infos (France) - March 16, 2013: 
Pot Pourri Politique Sans Périodicité Ni Priorité

Discover Criminal Justice - March 14, 2013:
Interview with Adam Lankford; Counter-Terrorism Expert, Author, and Professor

USA Today - March 12, 2013:
Aurora Mass Shooting Suspect's Expected Plea A Rarity 

John Batchelor Show - March 8, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom

WYPR Radio Baltimore with Dan Rodricks - March 1, 2013: 
Adam Lanza and the Making of Mass Killers

NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands) - March 1, 2013:
Atta Op De Divan

Mail on Sunday - February 24, 2013:
Inside The Mind Of The Martyrs (.pdf)

WGN Radio Chicago - February 21, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom

The Page 99 Test - February 19, 2013:
Adam Lankford's "The Myth of Martyrdom"

Christian Science Monitor - February 18, 2013: 
The Myth of Martyrdom

Jerusalem Post - February 17, 2013:
Exposing False ‘Martyrs’ As Suicidal

Pod Delusion - February 15, 2013: 
High School Shootings & Terrorists

CNN - February 14, 2013:
The Truth About Suicide Bombers

Express (Belgium) - February 12, 2013:
Wat Gaat Er Om In Het Hoofd Van Zelfmoordterroristen En Massamoordenaars?

Financial Times (London) - February 10, 2013:
Inside The Psyche Of The Mass Killer

Baltimore Sun - February 9, 2013:
Baltimore-Born Terrorism Expert Explores "The Myth of Martyrdom"

MSNBC The Cycle - February 8, 2013:
Manhunt Continues For Former LAPD Officer

American University  - February 8, 2013:
PhD Grad's New Book Challenges the Myth of Martyrdom

Jay Thomas Show
(SiriusXM Radio) - February 7, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom 

CBS Radio Philadelphia (WPHT) with Steve Martorano & Rich Zeoli - February 5, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom

El Correo (Spain) - February 4, 2013:
Terroristas Y, Sobre Todo, Suicidas (.pdf)

Psychology Today - February 4, 2013: 
U.S. Embassy Suicide Bomber Driven By Suicide, Not Sacrifice

Talk Radio Europe with Bill Padley - February 1, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom

The Mike Huckabee Radio Show - January 23, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom

The Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC) - January 23, 2013:
Martyrs and Shooters

Monocle Radio (London) - January 23, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom

Crimson White - January 23, 2013:
UA Professor's Book Likens Suicide Bombers To Mass Shooters

Alabama Public Radio - January 22, 2013:
The Motivations of Suicidal Killers: A Conversation With Author Adam Lankford

AL.com - January 22, 2013:
UA Criminal Justice Professor Discusses New Book The Myth of Martyrdom

Huffington Post - January 22, 2013:
9/11 vs. Newtown

Crimson White - January 22, 2013:
Crime Expert To Give Lecture

Denver Post - January 20, 2013:
Books Hitting The Shelves This Week

Open Democracy - January 19, 2013:
Convincing Suicide Bombers That God Says No

Scientific American Mind - January 18, 2013:
MIND Reviews: The Myth of Martyrdom

Fox News Live - January 18, 2013:
What Really Drives Suicide Bombers?

WVUA 90.7 - January 18, 2013:
School Shootings and Gun Control

Vermont Public Radio - January 15, 2013:
American Tragedy

Nature - January 10, 2013:
Books In Brief: The Myth of Martyrdom (.pdf)

Moncrieff - Newstalk (Ireland)
-  January 9, 2013:
The Myth of Martyrdom

The New Yorker - January 3, 2013:
Books To Watch For

Veja (Brazil) - January 2, 2013:
O Desafio De Combater Um Mal Oculto

Foreign Policy - December 31, 2012:
What To Read In 2013

Daily Beast - December 30, 2012:
How Bullying Creates Suicide Bombers

Crime Time with Candice DeLong (KGO) - December 29, 2012

Wired - December 28, 2012:
How Crunching Data Can Help Police Stop Spree Killers 

Business Insider - December 28, 2012:
Why Do Gunmen Kill Themselves After Committing Mass Shootings?

Capital City Recap with Michael Cohen (WILS) - December 26, 2012:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers

The Takeaway with Todd Zwillich (WNYC) - December 24, 2012:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers

La Vanguardia (Spain) - December 23, 2012:
Ruta De Masacres (.pdf)

To the Point with Warren Olney (KCRW) - December 21, 2012:
Is A Culture Captivated By Guns Ready For Change?

MSNBC Jansing & Co. - December 20, 2012:
Prof. Adam Lankford Compares The Minds Of Mass Killers With Those Of Terrorists

KGO Radio San Francisco with Chris Brecher and Bret Burkhart - December 20, 2012:
Rampage Killers and Suicide Terrorists

KMBC Radio Kansas City with Jonathan Weir - December 20, 2012:
Suicide Bombers And Rampage Shooters

CNN Newsroom - December 19, 2012:
Suicidal Mass Killers Want Revenge & Glory

Michael Smerconish Program (WXNT) - December 19, 2012:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane (WHYY) - December 19 2012:
Adam Lankford On Why Mass Shooters Are Like Suicide Bombers

CBS Radio Los Angeles (KNX) with Tom Haule and Linda Nunez - December 19, 2012:
Suicidal Mass Killers

Judith Regan Show (SiriusXM Radio) - December 19, 2012:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers

BBC World Service Radio - December 18, 2012:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers

Huffington Post - December 18, 2012:
Newtown Is a Village in Pakistan

Lisa Wexler Show (WFAS) - December 18, 2012:
The Relationship Between Terrorists And Other Murder-Suicide Murderers 

CBS Radio Philadelphia (WPHT) with Steve Martorano & Rich Zeoli - December 18, 2012:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers

John Batchelor Show - December 18, 2012:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers

The New York Times - December 17 (online), December 18 (print), 2012:
What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers

Wired - December 18, 2012:
Why Spree Killers Kill Themselves

Denver Post - December 14, 2012:
Connecticut Shooting: Horrifying Has Become Normal

Psychology Today - December 12, 2012:
Dumped by Girlfriend, Chicago 'Suicide Bomber' Wanted to Die

The National (United Arab Emirates) - December 7, 2012:
The Myth of Martyrdom Challenges What Motivates Suicide Attacks

SAGE Insight - October 30, 2012:
Are Suicide Terrorists Really So Different From Rampage, Workplace, and School Shooters?

WVUA TV: News at 10 - September 11, 2012:
Top Story:
What Impact Does 9/11 Still Have On America Today?

The Nation - July 25, 2012:
Why Can't Terrorists Be Mentally Ill, Too?
(link)

Huffington Post - July 23, 2012: 
Are Mass Shootings Becoming More Frequent--and More Deadly? (link)

Huffington Post - May 31, 2012: 
Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden-from 9/11 to Abbottabad (link)

AL.com - February 21, 2012: 
University Of Alabama Honors College Series Kicks Off With Occupy Wall Street Chat (link)

Huffington Post - February 7, 2012: 
Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic Radicals (link)

Access Sacramento Radio - January 22, 2012
A Look at Iran, Iraq and Suicide Terrorism (link)

Bulancak Haber / Haber 7 (Turkey) - January 8, 2012: 
Müslümanın Hayatı Ucuz Mudur? ["Is Muslim Life Cheap?"] (link)

CriminalJusticePrograms.com - September 28, 2011: 
Q&A with Adam Lankford on Counterterrorism and Terrorist Psychology (link)

Anti War Radio - September 22, 2011: 
Scott Horton Interviews Robert A. Pape and Adam Lankford (link)

Huffington Post - September 19, 2011: 
Ron Paul Is Wrong About 9/11, Studies Show (link)

Huffington Post - September 12, 2011: 
Ten Years After 9/11: The Suicide Angle (link)

Focal Points - September 12, 2011: 
The Hidden Culprit of 9/11: Clinical Depression (link)

Foreign Policy - September 9, 2011:
Human Time Bombs: Before The 9/11 Pilots Were Suicide Terrorists, They Were Just Suicidal (link)

Tuscaloosa News - September 9, 2011: 
UA Professor Explores Motives Behind 9/11 Hijackers (link)

Moody Radio - September 6, 2011:  
Remembering 9/11: What Made The Terrorists Act?

Celebrating Excellence - July 1, 2011: 
Professor's Research Adds New Perspective on Causes of Terrorism (.pdf)

Birmingham News - May 25, 2011: 
Birmingham Leaders Scrutinize Police Department, Consider Review Board (link)

Yahoo News - May 5, 2011: 
Q&A: Strategic Implications of Bin Laden's Death (.pdf)

Daily Beast - May 4, 2011:
Are Al Qaeda's Fighters Depressed?
(link)

Foreign Policy - May 2, 2011:
Martyr Complex: How Will Bin Laden's Supporters Interpret His Death? (link)

Newswise - May 2, 2011:
Expert Calls Bin Laden Killing 'Tremendous Blow to Al Qaeda' (link)

Foreign Policy - April 8, 2011:
A New Self-Immolation (link)

CNN - April 5, 2011:
Research: Could Suicide Terrorists Actually Be Suicidal? (link)

Diplomatik Gözlem (Turkey) - March 23, 2011:
Intihar Eylemcisi Neden Intihar Eder
(Turkish, .pdf)

Deutsche Welle (Germany) - March 9, 2011:
Death by Fire: Self-Immolation in the Arab World
(link)

La Presse (Canada) - January 21, 2011:
Les tentatives d'immolation par le feu se multiplient
(French, link)
Les tentatives d'immolation par le feu se multiplient (rough translation into English, .pdf) 

National Public Radio (NPR) - January 20, 2011:
Foreign Policy: Suicide Isn't Meant To Spark A Cause
(link)

Foreign Policy - January 19, 2011:
Suicide for a Cause: What's Behind the Middle East's New Trend of Self-Immolation?
(link)

Tuscaloosa News - January 13, 2011:
Insights into the Tucson Shooting (link to video)

Pod Delusion (United Kingdom) - January 7, 2011: What Makes a Suicide Bomber? (link to audio)

Direct download (.mp3) (right-click to save)

Die Presse (Austria) - January 6, 2011:
Terrorismus - Mohammed Atta kämpfte mit der Depression (German, link)
Terrorismus - Mohammed Atta kämpfte mit der Depression (rough translation into English, .pdf)

New Hampshire Public Radio - January 4, 2011:
Inside The Minds of Suicide Bombers (with Dr. Ariel Merari) (link)

Helsingborgs Dagblad (Sweden) - December 18, 2010:
Självmordsbombares motiv (Swedish, link)
Självmordsbombares motiv (rough translation into English, .pdf)

The Atlantic - December 16, 2010:
The Banality of Suicide Bombers (link)

Berlingske Tidende (Denmark) - December 14, 2010:
Triste bombemænd vil bare dø (Danish, link)
Triste bombemænd vil bare dø (rough translation into English, .pdf)

Boston Globe - December 5, 2010:
The Truth About Suicide Bombers (link)

Alabama Public Radio - June 1, 2010:
Crime Rates

Birmingham News - November 24, 2009: 
FBI Opens 3 Civil Rights Cold Cases (.pdf)

Baltimore Sun - October 2, 2009: 
Youth Counselor Helped Lover, 17, Flee Parkville Detention Facility (.pdf)

Birmingham News - September 28, 2009: 
Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by Federal Prison Staff Growing (.pdf)

American University - August 26, 2009:
Alumnus Examines Systematic Indoctrination in New Book (link)

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Blog
- July 10, 2009:
Could Mousavi’s Martyrdom Spark Revolution In Iran? (link)

Huffington Post - July 6, 2009: 
How 30 Years of U.S. Mistakes Saved Ahmadinejad in Iran (link)

Birmingham News - May 18, 2009: 
Obama Administration Calls for Complete Elimination of Sentencing Disparity between Crack and Powder Cocaine Offenders (.pdf)

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Blog - April 27, 2009:
“Torture Doesn’t Work” Argument Distracts From Necessary Interrogation Reform (link)

Psychjourney - April 24, 2009:
Interview and Podcast on Human Killing Machines

Alabama Public Radio - March 24, 2009:
Declining Homicide Clearance Rates (.pdf)

 

Interview Requests

Please contact Dr. Lankford directly to set up an interview or request more information about any of his research.