Jacob Zenn is an adjunct professor on African Armed Movements and Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics at the Georgetown University Security Studies Program (SSP) and fellow on African and Eurasian Affairs for The Jamestown Foundation in Washington DC.


Jacob Zenn is an adjunct professor on African Armed Movements and Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics at the Georgetown University Security Studies Program (SSP) and fellow on African and Eurasian Affairs for The Jamestown Foundation in Washington DC. He wrote the book, Unmasking Boko Haram: Exploring Global Jihad in Nigeria, which was published in April 2020 by Lynne Rienner in association with the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews. Zenn has also written on international law and security for Jamestown’s Foundation's Terrorism Monitor, Militant Leadership Monitor, and Eurasia Daily Monitor; Jane’s Intelligence Review-China Watch; the Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst; and for academic journals such as Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, The Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal for De-Radicalization, African Security, and the International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law. He graduated as a Global Law Scholar from Georgetown Law and from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Nanjing Center for Chinese-American Studies in Nanjing, China and has studied Uighur and Persian at Xinjiang University and Samarkand State University. He also co-authored a book (in Russian) in 2017 with Erlan Karin called ''Between ISIS and Al-Qaeda: Central Asian Foreign Fighters in the Syrian War'' and a book chapter with Svante Cornell called ''Religion and the Secular State'' in ''Uzbekistan's New Face'', which was edited by S. Frederick Starr and Svante E. Cornell and published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018. He has also drafted several reports and monographs on Boko Haram, including editing a multi-authored report for the West Point Combating Terrorism Center in May 2018 called ''Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency.''