David C. Rapoport

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(academic, terror expert)
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Born January 7, 1929
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Founder of Terrorism and Political Violence

David C. Rapoport has been termed “one of the founding figures of terrorism studies”[1]


Rapoport received his Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley in 1960, with a dissertation entitled Praetorianism: Government without Consensus.


David Rapoport's first job was at Columbia University, as a research associate at the Institute of War and Peace. Later he was a lecturer at Barnard College. In 1962 he joined the UCLA political science department. Initially a political theorist, in the late 1960s he became interested in "terrorism" and in 1969 taught the first terrorist course in the U.S.[2] He founded Terrorism and Political Violence, which became “one of two journals which has made terrorism into an academic field”.[3]


His co-authors include Yonah Alexander, Leonard Weinberg and Max Taylor.


  1. John Horgan and Kurt Braddock eds., Terrorism Studies (London: Routledge, 2012) p.1
  2. UCLA Department of Political Science. www.plisci.ucla.edu.
  3. Daryl R. Bullis and Richard D. Irving “Journals Supporting Terrorism Research: Investigation into their Impact on the Social Sciences” College and Research Libraries (74:2) March 2013