Areas of Expertise

  • Islamist extremism and terrorism
  • Preventing and countering Islamist extremism and terrorism 
  • Islamist radicalization and extremism in Europe’s Chechen diaspora
  • Russia and counter-terrorism


German, English, Russian

Miriam Katharina Heß has been a research fellow in DGAP’s Security and Defense Program since January 2022. She works on a project on Islamist radicalization and extremism in Europe’s Chechen diaspora. Previously, Heß worked on the project “Analysis of Trends and Developments in the Tertiary Prevention of Islamist Extremism” and for the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at DGAP.

She studied national and international administration and policy at the University of Potsdam and political science at the University of Hamburg. In her PhD project at the University of Leipzig, she is investigating the security rhetoric of terrorism in Russia and France in the context of securitization theory.

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Miriam Katharina Heß