A little while ago I photographed Rich Nielsen for the Chronicle of Higher Education's coverage of his work. As part of his PhD at Harvard, he gathered evidence that suggests that the quality of one's professional network and career prospects are a very strong indicator of whether or not a person will turn to Islamic jihadism. Nielsen has found that clerics with poor job prospects are more likely to preach a doctrine of extremism and jihad. It was a very interesting topic to chat about while taking the portraits.