James Hennessy holds a Master of Science in Counterterrorism and Homeland Security from American University as well as a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. While at the University of Minnesota, he also received minors in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (Chinese Studies) and a minor in History with a focus on East Asia.
His research interests include Chinese global influence, international counterterrorism strategy, U.S. clandestine operations, Taliban-Chinese relations, and unconventional warfare tactics. He is a native English speaker with intermediate proficiency in Mandarin as well as the Shanghai Wu dialect.