Jonathan Pieslak

Jonathan Pieslak is Professor at The City College of New York and Graduate Center, CUNY where he specializes in the cultural and media dimensions of extremism, particularly audio and music. He is the author of two books, Radicalism & Music (Wesleyan University Press 2015), and Sound Targets: American Soldiers and Music in the Iraq War (Indiana University Press 2009), and has published among many of the leading journals on terrorism and political violence. Jonathan’s research has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and he was recently part of a six-year team project exploring the mobilizing influence of media in the contexts of terrorism, funded by a Minerva Grant from the U.S. Department of Defense. Also a composer, Jonathan is a fellowship winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for music composition, having worked with members of the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, among others.