Mia Bloom is Professor of Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and research fellow at the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. She has authored several books and articles on terrorism and political extremism including Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing [with Roy Licklider] (2007) and Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011). She is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and McGill Universities.
Under the auspices of the Minerva Research Initiative (MRI) of Department of Defense, Bloom is currently conducting research with John Horgan on how children become involved in terrorist organizations. Bloom and Horgan's findings with be published in a book for Cornell University Press entitled Small Arms: Children and Terror (2016). Bloom has a PhD in political science from Columbia University, a Masters in Arab Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Bachelors from McGill University in Russian, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.