Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

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About

In July 2013 I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Before coming to Kent, I worked in the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University and prior to that at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.

I was educated at Cambridge University, the LSE and Keele University, where I took a PhD in criminology.

I am currently working in the area of the sociology of religion and have recently completed an ESRC-funded study of ex-Muslims in Britain and Canada.

Contact Information

Address

Room E130
Cornwallis East
University of Kent
Canterbury
Kent CT2 7NZ

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Publications

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Article
Cottee, S. (2016). The Shadow of Jihadi John. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/01/jihadi-john-isis-dead/424965/.
Cottee, S. (2016). "What ISIS Really Wants" Revisited: Religion matters in jihadist violence, but how? Studies in Conflict & Terrorism [Online]:1-16. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2016.1221258.
Cottee, S. (2016). Tracking the Online life of a Female British ISIS Recruiter. Vice [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/umm-muthanna-al-britania-syria-828.
Cottee, S. (2016). Is there any 'Logic' to Suicide Terrorism? The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/03/suicide-terrorism-theories-logic/475821/.
Cottee, S. (2016). Translating ISIL's 'atrocity porn'. National Post [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/simon-cottee-translating-isils-atrocity-porn.
Cottee, S. (2016). Flemming Rose: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/03/flemming-rose-danish-cartoons/473670/.
Cottee, S. (2016). Reborn into Terrorism. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/01/isis-criminals-converts/426822/.
Cottee, S. (2016). Europes's Joint Smoking, Gay-Club Hopping Terrorists. Foreign Policy ( Turkish edition) [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/04/13/the-joint-smoking-gay-club-hopping-terrorists-of-molenbeek-abdeslam-radicalization/.
Cottee, S. (2016). Did the capture of a terrorist in Brussel's prompt the attacks? Los Angeles Times [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-cottee-brussels-islamic-state-20160323-story.html.
Cottee, S. (2015). The Pre-Terrorists Among us. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/counterterrorism-prevention-britain-isis/412603/.
Cottee, S. (2015). Europe's moral panic about the migrant Muslim 'Other'. Los Angeles Times [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-cottee-fear-of-refugees-20151013-story.html.
Cottee, S. (2015). It Doesn't Matter That Islam Inspired the Charlie Hebdo Attacks. Vice.
Cottee, S. (2015). Not every woman is a victim. Some are just straight up defectors. National Post [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/simon-cottee-not-every-woman-is-a-victim-some-are-just-straight-up-defectors.
Cottee, S. (2015). Boys of Pleasure: Sexual Abuse of Children Betrays ISIS Hypocrisy. International Business Times [Online]. Available at: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/boys-pleasure-sexual-abuse-children-betrays-isis-hypocrisy-1483322.
Cottee, S. (2015). For Muslim apostates, giving up their faith can be terrifying, alienating and dangerous. The National Post [Online]. Available at: http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/02/.
Cottee, S. (2015). Why Ex-Muslims Pig Out: The Ritual Function of a Dietary Transgression. Pacific Standard [Online]. Available at: http://www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/mmm-bacon-the-ritual-function-of-a-dietary-transgression.
Cottee, S. (2015). The Jihadists Next Door. Boston Globe [Online]:1-2. Available at: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/07/24/the-jihadists-next-door/tTAhyjpBBSrAZTD8a0yTyO/story.html.
Cottee, S. (2015). I Escaped an Arranged Marriage. Vice [Online]. Available at: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/i-escaped-an-arrange-marriage-494.
Cottee, S. (2015). Yes, ISIS Is Winning the 'War of Ideas'. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/11/isis-war-of-ideas/416553/.
Cottee, S. (2015). What Motivates Terrorists? The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/06/terrorism-isis-motive/395351/.
Cottee, S. (2015). Why would anyone join ISIL? National Post [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/simon-cottee-why-would-anyone-join-isil.
Cottee, S. (2015). Pilgrims to the Islamic State. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/07/isis-foreign-fighters-political-pilgrims/399209/.
Cottee, S. (2015). Why It's So Hard to Stop ISIS Propaganda. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/03/why-its-so-hard-to-stop-isis-propaganda/386216/.
Cottee, S. (2015). The Cyber Activists Who Want to Shut Down ISIS. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/10/anonymous-activists-isis-twitter/409312/.
Cottee, S. (2015). I Am Strange Here: Conversations with the Syrians in Calais. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/08/calais-migrant-camp-uk-syria/401459/.
Cottee, S. (2015). ISIS and the Logic of Shock. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/02/isis-and-the-logic-of-shock-jordan-video/385252/.
Cottee, S. (2015). Taking off the Veil: easy: Then the death threats begin. The Sunday Times [Online]. Available at: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/newsreview/features/article1530632.ece.
Cottee, S. (2015). Flights From Islam. Pacific Standard [Online]:1-2. Available at: https://psmag.com/flights-from-islam-71d61118992f#.mik0ow2m3.
Cottee, S. (2015). What exactly is the allure of Islamic State? Los Angeles Times [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-adv-cottee-isis-20150329-story.html.
Cottee, S. (2015). Why the UK Government's Anti-Terror Proposals are Dangerously Shortsighted. Vice [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/proposed-uk-anti-terror-legislation-is-a-very-bad-idea-737.
Cottee, S. (2015). The Zoolander Theory of Terrorism. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/05/zoolander-terrorists-brainwashed-isis/393050/.
Cottee, S. (2015). Terrorism With a Human Face. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/03/terrorism-with-a-human-face/387163/.
Cottee, S. (2015). The Challenge of Jihadi Cool. The Atlantic [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/12/isis-jihadi-cool/421776/.
Cottee, S. (2015). For ISIS and its ilk, children are now fair game. What hideous innovation will come next? The National Post [Online]. Available at: http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/20/simon-cottee-for-isis-and-its-ilk-children-are-now-fair-game-what-hideous-innovation-will-come-next/.
Cottee, S. (2014). Choosing Family or Freedom: the Trials of 'Coming Out' as a British Ex-Muslim. Vice [Online]. Available at: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/british-muslim-apostates-simon-cottee-283.
Cottee, S. (2014). How the Islamic State Turned Horrifying Beheadings into Effective Propaganda. Vice [Online]. Available at: http://www.vice.com/read/is-beheadings-simon-cottee-456.
Cottee, S. (2014). Is ISIS Funny? The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/11/is-it-ok-to-joke-about-isis/382444/.
Cottee, S. (2014). ISIS and the Intimate Kill. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/11/isis-and-the-intimate-kill-peter-kassig/382861/2/.
Cottee, S. (2014). Islamic State's badass path to paradise. Los Angeles Times [Online]. Available at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0907-cottee-badass-jihadi-cool-20140907-story.html#page=1.
Cottee, S. (2014). The Pornography of Jihadism. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/09/isis-jihadist-propaganda-videos-porn/380117/2/.
Cottee, S. (2014). Islamic State's willing executioners. The Jerusalem Post [Online]. Available at: http://www.jpost.com/landedpages/printarticle.aspx?id=378208.
Cottee, S. (2014). We Need To Talk About Mohammad: Criminology, Theistic Violence and the Murder of Theo Van Gogh. British Journal of Criminology [Online] 54:981-1001. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azu037.
Cottee, S. (2014). The Apostate. Sunday Times Magazine [Online]. Available at: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/Magazine/article1391783.ece.
Cottee, S. (2011). Fear, boredom, and joy: Sebastian Junger's piercing phenomenology of war. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism [Online] 34:439-459. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2011.561473.
Cottee, S. and Hayward, K. (2011). Terrorist (E)motives: The existential attractions of terrorism. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism [Online] 34:963-986. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1057610X.2011.621116.
Cottee, S. (2011). Jihadism as a subcultural response to social strain: Extending Marc Sageman's "Bunch of Guys" thesis. Terrorism and Political Violence [Online] 23:730-751. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2011.611840.
Cottee, S. (2010). Mind slaughter: The neutralizations of jihadi salafism. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism [Online] 33:330-352. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10576101003587176.
Book section
Cottee, S. (2017). Religion, Crime and Violence. in: Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Cottee, S. (2013). Judging Offenders: The Moral Implications of Criminological Theories. in: Cowburn, M. et al. eds. Values in Criminology and Community Justice . Policy Press, pp. 5-20. Available at: http://www.policypress.co.uk/display.asp?K=9781447300359&sf1=keyword&st1=Values+in+Criminology+and+Community+Justice&m=1&dc=10.
Book
Cottee, S. (2015). The Apostates: When Muslims Leave Islam. [Online]. C. Hurst & Co Publishers. Available at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Apostates-Muslims-Leave-Islam/dp/1849044694.
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Research Interests

Research Interests

Apostasy; deviance; political violence and terrorism; war.

Current Research

The Apostates (September 2011-June 2013)

I have recently completely an ESRC-funded study of Islamic apostasy (RES-000-22-4308).
This study explores the phenomenon of Muslim apostasy from the perspective of self-described Muslim apostates. Drawing on life-history interviews with a group of ex-Muslims in Britain and Canada, it provides a detailed qualitative account of what it means and what it is like for apostates to disaffiliate from Islam. The main focus of the study is on the leaving-process and its ramifications as they are experienced and understood by apostates themselves.

Supervision

I welcome research proposals from anyone interested in studying religious defection, deviance, political violence, terrorism or war. Two of my current Phd students are from Saudi Arabia and are exploring counter-terrorism initiatives in that country. I am particularly interested in oversees students who can bring a global perspective to their work.

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Teaching

I currently convene a third year undergraduate module called War, Atrocity and Genocide.

I also contribute to a first year module - Crime, Culture, and Control, and a second year module - Criminal Justice in Modern Britain.

In addition to this, I will be teaching this year on the master’s level module Criminological Theory.

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Memberships

  • Member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Member of the Association for the Sociology of Religion

I am also a member of the following:

  • Editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
  • ESRC College
  • Board of Advisors of the Center for the Study of Terrorism in Rome, Italy
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Telephone: +44(0)1227 823072 Fax: +44(0)1227 827005 or email us

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Last Updated: 19/09/2016