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Shannon Martinez Reviews

Shannon Foley Martinez made an invaluable contribution to my students’ understanding of right-wing extremism, radicalization, and deradicalization. With candor and great insight, Shannon’s compelling story of how she came to be involved in the white supremacist movement – and just as importantly, the process by which she ultimately left it – highlights a reality that academics, policymakers, and citizens all need to grapple with. I’m looking forward to Shannon guest lecturing and engaging future students in discussions that may sometimes be uncomfortable but always important.
— Bonnie Weir, Lecturer, Yale University
On behalf of the National Counterterrorism Center, I would like to thank Shannon for serving as a keynote speaker at our annual Terrorism Prevention Practitioner Workshop. This event was a huge success, due in part to her powerful remarks, which were very well received by over 200 attendees from across the state, local, and federal law enforcement and government.
Her story was a compelling reminder of the importance of addressing trauma to create resilience and prevent violent extremism. Her remarks challenged some of the misconceptions that people hold regarding how recruitment into domestic violent extremist movements occurs. Thank you for bringing such honesty and authenticity in sharing your story and allowing us to think about terrorism prevention from another perspective.
— Michael K. Nagata, Lieutenant U.S. Army, Director, Strategic Operational Planning