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Introduction to Sociology
Modern Social Theory                                          Syllabus
Contemporary Social Theory                                Syllabus
Families in Transition                                           Syllabus
Sociology of Global Terrorism                               Syllabus
Human Sex Differences
Sociology of Religion
The Sociology of Religious Fundamentalism         
The Terrorist Mind                                                Syllabus
Counterinsurgency Warfare                                   Syllabus


In This interview with ETSU Student Mathew Cross, Professor Paul Kamolnick discusses Islam, Jihad, and Al Qa’ida’s Global Terrorist Campaign


My current research interests focus on producing policy-relevant findings that may be used by US national security policy makers and strategists to counter Al-Qa'ida based and inspired anti-American global terrorism. Recent publications propose specific means for countering Al Qa'ida's tactical propaganda aimed at inciting and recruiting a new generation of terrorist actors.



Books/Edited Books

Kamolnick, Paul. 2012. Delegitimizing Al-Qaeda: A Jihad- Realist Approach. Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA.


Kamolnick, Paul. 2005. The Just Meritocracy: IQ, Class Mobility, and American Social Policy.Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

Powers, Tom, and Paul Kamolnick (eds.). 1999. From Kant to Weber: Freedom and Culture in Classical German Social Theory. Melbourne, FL: Krieger.

Kamolnick, Paul. 1988. Classes: A Marxist Critique. New York: General Hall.

Journal articles/Book chapters

Kamolnick, Paul. 2013. "Al Qaeda's Shari'a Crisis: Sayyid Imam and the Jurisprudence of Lawful Military Jihad." Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 36(5):(Forthcoming)

Kamolnick, Paul. 2010. “Sacred Barriers to Conflict Resolution? A Critique of Atran’s and Axelrod’s Bargaining Model as Applied to the Israeli-Palestinian Confrontation.” Perspectives in Terrorism, 4(3), July: 39-53.

Kamolnick, Paul. 2010. Review Essay. “The Mind of Global Jihadism.” Terrorism and Political Violence, 22(3):458-463. Review of S. Vertigans, Militant Islam: a sociology of characteristics, causes andconsequences (London: Routledge, 2009); D. Springer, J. Regens, and D. Edger, Islamic Radicalism and Global Jihad (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2009); and, D. Aaron, In Their Own Words: voices of jihad (Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2008).

Kamolnick, Paul. 2010. “Leveraging Legitimacy: A Key Tool in Population-Centric Counterinsurgency.” Small Wars Journal, 17 May 2010, 15 pp. Available Online

Kamolnick, Paul. 2007. “Unwelcome in Women’s Studies.” Academic Questions, 20:122-134.

Kamolnick, Paul. 2001. “Simmel’s Legacy for Contemporary Value Theory: A Critical Assessment.” Sociological Theory, 19(1): 65-85.

Kamolnick, Paul. 1999. “Central Themes in Simmel’s Philosophy of Money.” T. Powers and P. Kamolnick (eds.), From Kant to Weber: Freedom and Culture in Classical German Social Theory, pp. 151-168. Melbourne, FL: Krieger.

Kamolnick, Paul. 1998. “Visions of Social Justice in Marx: An Assessment of Recent Debates in Normative Philosophy.” In R. Panasiuk and L. Nowak, eds. Marx’s Theories  Today, Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities Volume, vol. 60, pp. 319-347. Amsterdam and Atlanta: Rodopi.

Kamolnick, Paul. 1997. “G.A. Cohen’s Refutation of Inegalitarianism and the Quest for a Contemporary Socialist Ethic.” Rethinking Marxism, 9(1): 80-100.

Kamolnick, Paul. 1994. “Marxism, Postmodernism, and Beyond: A Critical Analysis of David Harvey’s Theory of Contemporary Culture.” Current Perspectives in Social Theory, 14:71-88.

Kamolnick, Paul. 1993. “American Workers and the Future of Minimum Wage Politics.” Review of Radical Political Economics, 25(2):26-49.

Book reviews

Kamolnick, Paul. 2012. "Defending Liberal Democracy in an Age of Terror." Review of T. Meisels, The Trouble with Terror: liberty, security, and the response to terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and H. Frisch and E. Inbar, eds.,Radical Islam and international Security: challenges and responses (Routledge, 2008). Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, 24(1):144-157, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2012.630624

Kamolnick, Paul. 2011. "Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and the Rule of Law." Review Essay. M. Williamson. Terrorism, War and International Law: the legality of the use of force against Afghanistan in 2001. (Ashgate, 2009); M. Schmitt. Counter-Terrorism and the Use of Force in International Law (Marshall Papers, 2002); D. Linnan, ed. Enemy Combatants, Terrorism, and Armed Conflict Law: a guide to the issues ( Praeger, 2008); R. Pious. The War on Terrorism and the Ruleof Law (Roxbury, 2006); A. Lang., Jr. and A. Beattie, eds. War, Torture and Terrorism:rethinking the rules of international security (Routledge , 2009). Terrorism and Political Violence, 23(5):820-842. www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09546553.2011.622699

Kamolnick, Paul. 2010. Review. Terrorism and Political Violence, 22(1):139-142. Book Review of A. Giustozzi, Koran, Kalashnikov, and Laptop: The Neo-Taliban Insurgency and Afghanistan. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008).

Kamolnick, Paul. 2009. Review of G. Hayes and M. Sedra eds., Afghanistan: Transition Under Threat (Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009). Available online

Kamolnick, Paul. 2009. Review of J. Brachman, Global Jihadism: Theory and practice (Routledge, 2009). Available online

Kamolnick, Paul. 1999. “Habermasian Critical Social Theory as Antidote?” Review Essay of J. Bohman, New Philosophy of Social Science (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1991) Human Studies, 22(1):117-123.

Kamolnick, Paul. 1999. Review of Heterogeneities: Race, Gender, Class, Nation and State (U. Mass. Press, 1996) in Passages: Journal of Transnational and Transcultural Studies, 1(1):133-134.

Kamolnick, Paul. 1994. “Sociology, Anthropology, and the Postmodern Challenge.” Review Essay of N. Lorraine and P. Pels (eds), Constructing Knowledge: Authority and Critique in Social Science (Sage: London, 1991), and S. Seidman and D. Wagner (eds.), Postmodernism and Social Theory: The Debate Over General Theory (Basil Blackwell: Cambridge/Oxford, 1991), in  Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 24(3): 375-380.