Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


 

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. (2017). All that we'll never know about Manchester bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi. The Los Angeles Times [Online]. Available at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-cottee-who-was-the-manchester-perpetrator-and-what-caused-his-action-20170524-story.html.
Cottee, S. (2017). Trump's Travel Ban Will Not 'Help' ISIS Recruitment. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/02/isis-travel-ban-propaganda-trump/515283/.
Cottee, S. (2017). Osama bin Laden's Secret Masturbation Fatwa. Foreign Policy [Online]. Available at: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/01/osama-bin-ladens-secret-masturbation-fatwa/.
Cottee, S. (2017). Why Jihadists Want to Kill. Vice [Online]. Available at: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/ev4nme/why-jihadists-want-to-kill.
Cottee, S. (2017). ISIS Will Fail, but What About the Idea of ISIS? The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/03/idea-of-isis-will-outlive-caliphate/520224/.
Cottee, S. (2017). Muslims don't need special praise for doing good. It's patronizing. The Telegraph [Online]. Available at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/23/muslims-dont-need-special-praise-good-patronising/.
Cottee, S. (2017). Terrorists Are Not Snowflakes. Foreign Policy [Online]. Available at: http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/04/27/terrorists-are-not-snowflakes/.
Cottee, S. (2017). No, the Travel Ban Isn't Being Used as ISIS Propaganda. POLITICO Magazine [Online]. Available at: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/travel-ban-isis-propaganda-214953.
Cottee, S. (2017). Why ISIS Are Using So Many Children in Their Propaganda Videos. Vice [Online]. Available at: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/9adaye/why-isis-are-using-so-many-children-in-their-propaganda-videos.
Cottee, S. (2017). Dissecting the ISIS attack on British Parliament. The New York Daily News [Online]. Available at: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/dissecting-isis-attack-british-parliament-article-1.3007864.
Cottee, S. (2017). The Dilemma Facing Ex-Muslims in Trump's America. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/03/dilemma-facing-ex-muslim-atheists-in-trumps-america/518553/.
Cottee, S. (2017). La sexualité est essentielle pour comprendre la radicalization. Slate [Online]. Available at: http://www.slate.fr/story/136547/oussama-ben-laden-et-sa-fatwa-secrete-sur-la-masturbation.
Cottee, S. (2017). The curious absence of Donald Trump in ISIS propaganda. The New York Daily News [Online]. Available at: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/curious-absence-donald-trump-isis-propaganda-article-1.2980211.
Cottee, S. (2016). Comment la religion transforme des petites frappes en terrorists. Slate [Online]. Available at: http://www.slate.fr/story/122979/religion-terrorisme.
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). 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). How a British College Student Became an ISIS Matchmaker. Vice [Online]. Available at: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/pgpvxn/how-a-british-college-student-became-an-isis-matchmaker.
Cottee, S. (2016). ISIS in the Caribbean. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/12/isis-trinidad/509930/.
Cottee, S. (2016). Did the Terrorists Win in Denmark? Foreign Policy [Online]. Available at: http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/10/28/did-the-terrorists-win-in-denmark-flemming-rose-jyllands-posten-muhammad-cartoons/.
Cottee, S. (2016). The Salvation of Sinners and the Suicide Bomb. Foreign Policy [Online]. Available at: http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/11/the-salvation-of-sinners-and-the-suicide-bomb-islam-crime-isis-conversion/.
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). 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). Anjem Choudary and the Criminalization of Dissent. Foreign Policy [Online]. Available at: http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/08/19/anjem-choudary-and-the-criminalization-of-dissent-britain-isis/.
Cottee, S. (2016). The Jihad Will Be Televised. The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/06/terrorism-execution-film/489152/.
Cottee, S. (2016). What If Some Suicide Bombers Are Just Suicidal? The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/05/suicide-terrorists-brahim-abdeslam/481419/.
Cottee, S. (2016). What's the Right Way to Think About Religion and ISIS? The Atlantic [Online]. Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/07/religion-isis-orlando/490958/.
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). 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). "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). What It Feels Like to Lose Your Kids to ISIS. Vice [Online]. Available at: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/vdq7m3/lose-kids-to-isis-trinidad.
Cottee, S. (2016). What ISIS Women Want. Foreign Policy [Online]. Available at: http://foreignpolicy.com/2016/05/17/what-isis-women-want-gendered-jihad/.
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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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. (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). 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). 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). It Doesn't Matter That Islam Inspired the Charlie Hebdo Attacks. Vice.
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). 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). 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/.
Book section
Cottee, S. (2017). Foreword to The Age of Lone Wolf Terrorism by Mark S. Hamm and Ramón Spaaij. in: The Age of Lone Wolf Terrorism. New York, USA: Columbia University Press.
Cottee, S. (2017). Religion, Crime and Violence. in: Liebling, A., Maruna, S. and McAra, L. eds. Oxford Handbook of Criminology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Cottee, S. (2016). Apostasy, Divorce and Sexual Stigma. in: Moving In and Out of Islam. University of Texas Press.
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.
Internet publication
Cottee, S. (2017). The Real Housewives of ISIS' deserves a laugh. [Online]. Available at: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-cottee-real-housewives-of-isis-20170110-story.html.
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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