Terrorism Experts Are Sought by the Public but Not by Academe

Terrorism Experts Sought by Public but Not by Academe 1

Mark Abramson for The Chronicle

Gregory Johnsen, a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton U. who earned a Fulbright fellowship for his work on Yemen, says he has been told by colleagues to play down his knowledge of Al Qaeda during his job search.

Gregory D. Johnsen knows a great deal about Yemen. He has traveled to the country several times over the past decade to conduct research on the civil war that divided the country in the 1960s. He speaks and reads Arabic, is pursuing a doctorate in Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, and has earned several fellowships, including a Fulbright, to further his work.

Along the way he has also become something of an expert on Al Qaeda's growing