Dr Judith Jacob

Dr Judith Jacob

PhD Alumni

Department of International History

Key Expertise
Indonesia, Terrorism, islamist Groups

About me

Dr Judith Jacob was a PhD candidate in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics (LSE). Her doctoral thesis traced the ideological developments of militant Islamist groups in post-colonial Indonesia. Prior to beginning her doctorate, Dr Jacob worked as the lead global terrorism analyst at the Risk Advisory Group in London. She continues to work as a private consultant and security analyst for several leading political and security risk firms. 

Dr Judith Jacob was editor of the department's LSE International History blog from 2017 to 2019 and co-convenor of the HY509 International History Research Seminar in 2017-18.


From Kartosuwiryo to Sungkar: The evolving ideology of Indonesia’s Darul Islam movement, 1928-1993

Expertise Details

Jihad; Salafi-Jihadism; Terrorism; Islamist Militancy; Islamist Groups; Jemaah Islamiyah; Darul Islam; Indonesia; Ideology; Intellectual History

Conference papers

  • ‘Long Histories: The impact of the Afghan Jihad on the creation of the Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia’, Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence Graduate Conference (St. Andrews, 1 March 2018)
  • ‘The Remnants of a Rebellion: From Jihad to Hijrah and back again’, The Third International Conference on Social and Political Sciences: Celebrating Two Decades of Indonesia’s Reformation: Re-examining Democracy, State, and Civil Society (Jakarta, 14 November 2017)
  • ‘Origin Myths: How an Indonesian Terrorist Group Shapes its History’, International History Research Seminar (London, 26 October 2016) 
  • ‘Breaking up is hard to do: Continuity within the Indonesian jihadist movement’, Global Networks of Violence (Cambridge, 25 September 2015)

Honours and awards

  • Institute of Historical Research Comparative Histories of Asia Doctoral Prize Presentations – Finalist, 2018