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Randall Rogan

Professor of Communication

Rogan is an internationally recognized expert on both international and domestic terrorism and hostage negotiation.

Biography

Randall Rogan is an internationally recognized expert on terrorism and hostage negotiation. His expertise in communication analysis and author identification led to his work with the FBI and played a key role in helping identify the Unabomber. With more than 26 years of communication research and teaching experience at Wake Forest Rogan can also offer expertise on conflict in Israel and Palestine due to his most recent work. His expertise on Read More »

Randall Rogan is an internationally recognized expert on terrorism and hostage negotiation. His expertise in communication analysis and author identification led to his work with the FBI and played a key role in helping identify the Unabomber. With more than 26 years of communication research and teaching experience at Wake Forest Rogan can also offer expertise on conflict in Israel and Palestine due to his most recent work. His expertise on the discourse of jihadism has led to his participation at the World Summit for Counter-Terrorism, as well as at international crisis negotiation meetings. His comments have appeared in BBC News, Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education and a variety of other publications.

Media Appearances

Texas bomber's change in tactics could hint at future plans

Associated Press

March 20, 2018

Randall Rogan, a Wake Forest University professor who is an expert on forensic linguistic analysis, said the person or people behind the explosions may get a thrill from evading capture. "They're learning. They're feeling more and more confident," said Randall Rogan, who worked with the FBI on the Unabomber case. "There becomes a game of wits, who can outsmart the other." As time passes, Rogan said, it's likely the person or people behind the explosions will seek more than just the thrill of the crimes alone and will desire more recognition, something that could drive them to make contact with police or release some sort of communiqué or manifesto.

Polarize and conquer? How ISIS inflames anti-Muslim hostility

Christian Science Monitor

November 17, 2015

Randall Rogan sees proof of progress in interfaith rallies against ISIS and social media campaigns. "I’d like to think since 9/11, there’s been more awareness and even tolerance – and even intolerance for intolerance – in the West in regards to Islamophobia," says Randall Rogan, who teaches communication at Wake Forest University. "For the most part, we as Western societies are pretty sensitive to that.”

Can a public appeal help to bring back a loved one?

BBC News

September 23, 2014

Randall Rogan teaches hostage negotiation at Wake Forest College, and advises playing up "the importance of the victim being an essential member of the family" over religious, political or military affiliations.

Alabama hostage rescue: why some secrets will remain in the bunker

Christian Science Monitor

February 5, 2013

"This all rings of a unique covert operation,” says Randall Rogan, a crisis communications expert at Wake Forest University who has been following the story closely, adding the multiagency involvement is “atypical, quite honestly, for … what, after all, is not a significant terrorist event."

Nanotechnologists are targets of Unabomber copycat, alarming universities

The Chronicle of Higher Education

August 21, 2011

"Much of it is written in the plural possessive pronoun 'we,' but there are occasions where the singular personal pronoun was used by the author," says Randall G. Rogan, a professor of communication at Wake Forest University. He is an expert on author identification and served on the team of analysts that helped identify the Unabomber, who signed his own manifesto as the work of a group, which he called the Freedom Club.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Counterterrorism
  • Crisis Negotiation
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Author Identification
  • Hostage Negotiations
  • Terrorism

Education

Michigan State University: Ph.D., Communicaiton

Michigan State University: M.S., Resource Development

St. John Fisher College: B.A., Sociology

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