Dr Erin Marie Saltman has worked in academic, NGO and private sector roles developing innovative research and approaches for counter-extremism and counterterrorism efforts. She had the honor of discussing her work for a TED Talk event in Ghent.
In her NGO work she has produced a range of action-oriented research and developed programs on preventing and countering violent extremism (PVE and CVE); promoting youth activism in challenging hate speech and extremism, as well as analyzing the radicalization of women into violent extremist networks. Publications include ‘Youth Innovation Labs: A Model for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism‘ and ‘Till Martyrdom Do Us Part’: Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon.
Dr Saltman also co-authored reports Islamic State: The Changing Face of Modern Jihadism, as well as Jihad Trending: A Comprehensive Analysis of Online Extremism and How to Counter it, discussing the modern challenges posed by terrorists’ usage of online tools to recruit, propagandize and intimidate opposition.
She completed her PhD in Political Science at SSEES at University College London (UCL), where her thesis focused on contemporary processes of post-communist political socialization and radicalization, looking at youth activism in Hungary. Dr Saltman completed an International Masters in Economy, State and Society with a dual degree from UCL and Corvinus University as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar. She holds a BA in International Relations from Columbia University with a concentration in Francophone studies (directed research project at Sciences Po).
Erin has participated in a number of international conferences and events, speaking and presenting research to both government, practitioner and civil society audiences around the world.