Ardian Shajkovci

Adjunct Faculty, International Violent Extremism; Media's Impact in Violent Extremism

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ardian [dot] shajkovci [at] nichols [dot] edu


Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Homeland Security Policy specialization, Minneapolis, MN.

M.A. Public Policy and Administration, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

B.A. International Relations and Diplomacy, Dominican University, Chicago, IL


Diplomate American Board for Certification in Homeland Security– ABCHS• SPRINGFIELD, MO, 2015-Present

Certificate in Homeland Security (CHS-I): Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Presidential Policy Directives and Basic Emergency Preparedness– ABCHS• SPRINGFIELD, MO, 2012-Present

Certificate in Homeland Security (CHS-II): Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Security/National Infrastructure and Key Resources – (NIPP-CI/KR) ABCHS• SPRINGFIELD, MO, 2012-Present

Certificate in Homeland Security (CHS-III): National Response Framework (NRF), National Incident Management System (NIMS), and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), SPRINGFIELD, MO, 2012-Present

Industry Experience

Currently working as Director of Research and a Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). He has been collecting interviews with ISIS defectors and studying their trajectories into and out of terrorism as well as training key stakeholders in law enforcement, intelligence, educators, and other countering violent extremism professionals on the use of counter-narrative messaging materials produced by ICSVE both locally and internationally. He has also been studying the use of children as violent actors by groups such as ISIS and how to rehabilitate them. He has conducted fieldwork in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, and the Middle East, most recently in Jordan and Iraq.  He has spent nearly a decade working in both the private and public sectors, including with international organizations and the media in a post-conflict environment.