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Team Member

Dr. Shannon Nash

Director of Operations

Dr. Shannon Nash is the Director of Operations of the North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network (NAADSN). She provides essential support to the network, including project management, communications, and directing its day-to-day operations. She cultivates international relationships, collaborates and coordinates within and outside of the network, oversees event organization, manages the website, and contributes to long-term strategic outlooks.

With NAADSN, Dr. Nash recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Trent University studying past and present terrorist threats and attacks as well as Canadian, American, and international defence, security and counterterrorism policies. Dr. Nash received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto with a focus on 20th Century American History, Terrorism, and International Relations. Her doctoral thesis looks at the reality of al Qaeda espionage methodology and how the idea of a sleeper agent was perceived and adapted to fit the terrorist threat posed by al Qaeda from the 1990s onwards. She is currently revising a manuscript focusing on the pre-9/11 period and missing the nature of the threat posed by al Qaeda.

Dr. Nash’s research has focused on ascendant fears of an enemy within after 9/11, the fluidity of the “terrorism” label, how the label is informed and applied to a violent attack in Canada, education and training in national security and counterterrorism in Canada, lasting traumatization of direct and indirect victims of terrorism, and ascendant fears of an enemy within after 9/11. She is leading a project funded by the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS) on Counterterrorism Resilience: Expert Roundtables on Canadian National Security and Countering Violent Extremism.