Simon Cottee

Simon Cottee

Author, The Apostates: When Muslims Leave Islam 

Simon Cottee was educated at Cambridge University, the LSE and Keele University, where he received a PhD in criminology. He is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Kent, and a Contributing Writer for The Atlantic. Prior to this he was a lecturer at Bangor University and the University of the West Indies in Trinidad.

His research focuses on “deviant” conversions, radicalization and political violence. He is the author of The Apostates: When Muslims Leave Islam (Hurst Publishers, 2015), and the editor, with Thomas Cushman, of Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left (New York University Press, 2008). His academic work has been published in the British Journal of CriminologyTheoretical CriminologySocietythe Journal of Human RightsTerrorism & Political Violence and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. He is a regular contributor to the AtlanticForeign Policy, the LA Times, and Vice. He has also published in the Sunday Times, the Sunday Times Magazine, the National Post, the Telegraph, the Pacific Standard, the International Business TimesSlate [France], and the New York Daily News. He is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Freedom Project, Wellesley College, and a member of the editorial board of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. ​