Aaron M. Hoffman

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
    M.A. University of Pittsburgh
    B.A. Columbia University

Department Information

Political Science // Faculty

Office Information

  • Specialization

  • International Relations
    Political Violence and Human Security

  • Aaron M. Hoffman is Associate Professor Political Science and courtesy faculty in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. He is an expert on international security issues, focusing on the scientific study of emotions in counter-terrorism and foreign policy. Working at the nexus of political psychology, media studies and international politics, he is the author of Building Trust: Overcoming Suspicion in International Conflict as well as articles in journals such as Political Research Quarterly (2017; 2013), Conflict Management and Peace Science (2016), The Journal of Conflict Resolution (2013), Terrorism and Political Violence (2010), and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (2007) among others. His current work examines the political impact of media coverage of terrorism and counterterrorism and the forces that shape that reporting.  He has been invited to present his work in the United States and Europe, served as part of a scholarly advisory group to the U.S. Air Force, and participated in a workshop run by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. His commentary on Middle East politics has appeared in print, on-line and television media outlets in the United States from the Indianapolis Star to the Huffington Post. 

    Selected Publications

    Hoffman, Aaron M., and William Shelby.  2017.  "When the “Laws of Fear” Do Not Apply: Effective Counterterrorism and the Sense of Security from Terrorism."  Political Research Quarterly 70: 618-31.

    Asal, Victor, and Aaron M. Hoffman.  2016.  "Media Effects: Do Terrorist Organizations Launch Foreign Attacks in Response to Levels of Press Freedom or Press Attention?".  Conflict Management and Peace Science 33: 381-99.

    Hoffman, Aaron M., Christopher R. Agnew, Laura E. VanderDrift, and Robert Kulzick.  2015.  "Norms, Diplomatic Alternatives, and the Social Psychology of War Support."  Journal of Conflict ResolutioN 59: 3-28.

    Hoffman, Aaron M., Crystal Shelton, and Erik Cleven.  2013.  "Press Freedom, Publicity, and the Cross-National Incidence of Transnational Terrorism."  Political Research Quarterly 66: 896-909.

    Hoffman, Aaron M.  2010.  "Voice and Silence: Why Groups Take Credit for Acts of Terror."  Journal of Peace Research 47: 615-26.

    Hoffman, Aaron M.  2002.  "A Conceptualization of Trust in International Relations."  European Journal of International Relations 8: 375-401.

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