He is also the author of the 2009 book, Sound Targets: American Soldiers and Music in the Iraq War, which has been featured in a variety of national and international newspaper, radio, and television media, including: The New Yorker, BBC, NPR, Fox News, Il Manifesto (Italy), Globo (Brasil), Austrian Public Radio, among many others. He has been invited for lectures at Harvard University, Princeton University, Syracuse University, Davidson College, The Norwegian FFI (Ministry of Defense), Canadian Security Intelligence Service, and many others.

As a composer, Jonathan is a fellowship winner from the American Academy of Arts & Letters for music composition, having worked with members of the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Kiev Philharmonic, and other prominent ensembles.

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Jonathan Pieslak

Academic Researcher and Composer

Jonathan Pieslak (b. 1974, Wilmington, DE) is Professor at The City College of New York and Graduate Center, CUNY where he specializes in research on the cultural dimensions of terrorism and political violence. He published his second book, Radicalism & Music: An Introduction to the Music Cultures of al-Qa'ida, Racist Skinheads, Christian-Affiliated Radicals, and Eco-Animal Right Militancywith Wesleyan University Press, involving research that was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship. 

Jonathan is presently working on a team project exploring the mobilizing influence of media in Jihadi-Salafi movements, funded by a Minerva Grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.