Johannah Lowin is the program coordinator of the National Security and Counterterrorism Program at the McCain Institute. In this role, she conducts research on national security, terrorism and counterterrorism, extremism, and efforts to counter violent extremism. She also works closely with the director of the program, Nicholas Rasmussen, to design program activities aimed at countering violent extremism.
Johannah previously served as the special assistant to the Hon. Jane Harman at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Johannah worked at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and Newsweek magazine in New York. She was also the principal researcher for Daniel Klaidman’s book Kill or Capture: The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency. Her writing has appeared in publications including Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The American Lawyer, and The Jerusalem Post.
Johannah graduated phi beta kappa from Harvard College with a degree in History and Literature and received her master’s from Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, where she specialized in terrorism and sub-state violence. While at Georgetown, Johannah studied Arabic in Tunisia and conducted research in France on the radicalization and recruitment of terrorists in the Parisian banlieues.
Johannah lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two sons.