José Antonio Peña is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Granada.
He participated in programs of investigation at the Université d’Alger Benyoucef Benkhedda, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the National Academy of Political and Strategic Studies (ANEPE) of the Ministry of National Defense of Chile, the University of Lisbon, the University of Macerata, and Nuevo León University.
He is a Doctor in Political Science by the University of Granada with the thesis titled “The Islamist Religious Interest Groups in Spain (1978-2008): the Muslim communities as actors of the socio-cultural dimension of public policies in Granada”, a work of investigation which obtained the classification “Excellent cum laude by unanimity”.
He obtained a Degree in Political Science and Administration and in Sociology, both with Extraordinary Award at the graduation by the same University. Among his lines of investigation are public defense policies, groups of Islamic religious interest, strategies of National Security and Geopolitics of energy resources. He has been a researcher in the project of investigation: Study on the best practice in cooperation between authorities and civil society with a view to the prevention and response to violent radicalization, financed by the European Commission.
He has been a researcher in the Project of Investigation I+D+I CSO2010-17849 “The organizational structure of International Terrorism: Analysis of its evolution and its implications for the European security”, directed by Professor Javier Jordán, which is a part of the National Plan I+D+I 2008-2011.
He authored the following books: “The European Union and The Treaty by which a Constitution for Europe is established” (University of Granada, 2006) and “ ‘Anonymous’ Islam in Spain?” (Editorial Académica Española, 2016); as well as of numerous book chapters and scientific articles published in specialized journals such as International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Revista de Estudios Políticos or UNISCI Discussion Papers.
He was invited to lecture at the University of Santiago de Compostela and the University of Granada, and as an external expert speaker at the European Commission (Brussels), at the closing International Conference of Transnational Terrorism, Security and the Rule of Law (TTSRL) Research Project, titled An integration model to integrate second and third generation Muslims in order to prevent violent radicalization.
He has received various awards in recognition of his academic and investigative performance: The Award for the Best Academic Record at the First Cycle of a Degree in Political Science and Administration by the University of Granada, Award for the Best Andalucian Academic Trajectory for the studies in Sociology, The First National Award for Graduation in University Studies in Political Science awarded by the Ministry of Education (2006) and the Award of Investigation and Essay at the Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology of the University of Granada (2005).