Areas of Expertise

  • Islamist extremism and terrorism
  • Preventing and countering Islamist extremism and terrorism 
  • Islamist radicalization and extremism in Europe’s Chechen diaspora
  • Russia and counter-terrorism

Short Bio

Miriam Katharina Heß is an associate fellow at DGAP.  Since April 2024, she works as an expert on religiously motivated extremism at the National Committee on Religiously Motivated Extremism (BAG RelEx) e.V. 

From January 2022 to May 2023, Heß was a research fellow at DGAP, working on a project on Islamist radicalization and extremism in Europe’s Chechen diaspora. Previously, she worked on the project “Analysis of Trends and Developments in the Tertiary Prevention of Islamist Extremism” and for the Robert Bosch Center for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia at DGAP.

She studied national and international administration and policy at the University of Potsdam and political science at the University of Hamburg. In her PhD project at the University of Leipzig, she is investigating the security rhetoric of terrorism in Russia and France in the context of securitization theory.


German, English, Russian


[Last updated: May 2023]

Miriam Katharina Heß



In the media


Gewaltorientierter Extremismus

Deutschland braucht eine nachhaltige Präventionspolitik
Sofia Koller
Miriam Katharina Heß
Alexander Ritzmann

Nuclear Terrorism

A Plausible and Pestilent Threat
Elisabeth Suh
Miriam Katharina Heß
Online Commentary