Professor Henne's research and teaching focus on the Middle East and global religious politics. His research has focused specifically on how ties between religion and state affect politics, and his new research explores how states use religion as a foreign policy tool. His book Islamic Politics, Muslim States and Counterterrorism Tensions, (Cambridge University Press, 2017), analyzes how Muslim states' relationship with Islam affects their counterterrorism policies; the study includes a large-n statistical analysis as well as in-depth case studies of Pakistan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. He has also written on the role of religion in terrorism, international conflict, and the United Nations.
Professor Henne has a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College. He was also a fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. Prior to UVM, Professor Henne worked in Washington, DC with the Pew Research Center, the National Consortium for Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and as a consultant with the US government.
Professor Henne's work has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Terrorism and Political Violence, Politics and Religion, Journal of Church and State, and Religion, State and Society. He has also discussed international religious issues and Middle East politics in several Vermont-based and national media outlets, including Religion News Service, VT Digger, the Washington Post, and WCAX.