Randall Law, PhD

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Adjunct Fellow

Expertise COIN, Counter-terrorism, Terrorism, Political Violence, Cold War, Russia, Europe and History

Randall Law is an Associate Professor of History at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and the author of Terrorism: A History, a survey of the field that was hailed in The Naval War College Review as “the quintessential work on the subject.” Along with courses on the history of terrorism, Law teaches classes on modern Russia, Europe, and the Cold War. Law frequently speaks on the history of terrorism to academic audiences and civic organizations. Law earned his B.A. in Russian from Amherst College; an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University; and a Ph.D. in Russian and European history from Georgetown University. He is currently conducting research on terrorism and political violence in the city of Odessa in the Russian empire early in the twentieth century; in 2009 he spent four months working in Odessa as a Fulbright Research Scholar. Law was born in Kansas City and lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife, Hannah Wolfson, and son, Alex.