Max Abrahms is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His research interests include terrorism and counterterrorism, international relations theory, and political psychology. He has taken a strategic and empirical approach to the subject of terrorism, arguing that terrorists rarely achieve their political objectives. His 2006 article “Why Terrorism Does Not Work” is the most frequently downloaded contribution to the journal International Security.

Abrahms has a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles.