A Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

A consortium of researchers dedicated to improving the understanding of the human causes and consequences of terrorism

START People


START People

START has built a team which reflects our multidisciplinary approach, bringing together individuals from a wide range of academic and methodological backgrounds. In addition to conducting research, the START headquarters team provides administrative support and transition and outreach opportunities for the Consortium researchers. The organization's leadership includes:

Gary LaFree, Director, 301-405-6600, infostart@start.umd.edu

William Braniff, Executive Director, 301-405-4022, braniff@start.umd.edu

The START headquarters staff list is below. This includes both administrative staff and researchers based at START. To see a complete list of Investigators (those who have served as Principal Investigators on START funded projects) and/or All Affiliated Researchers (both Principal Investigators and Other Researchers who have worked on START projects), change the selection in the "Role " drop down on the right.

Last Names Starting With:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
Name Job Title Role Institution
Aaron Safer-Lichtenstein

Graduate Assistant, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Nil Satana

Visiting Faculty Member

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
John Sawyer John Sawyer

Commercialization Director, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Alex Schmid

Chair of International Relations and Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence.

Investigator, Research Affiliate St. Andrews University
Monica Schoch-Spana Monica Schoch-Spana

Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security

Investigator, Research Affiliate The Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Ingrid Schulz

Faculty Research Assistant

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
Elizabeth Schwartz

Events and Communications Coordinator, START

Staff University of Maryland
Tara Sell

Senior Analyst

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Grace Sewlall Grace Sewlall

Director of Administrative Services, START

Staff University of Maryland
Kathleen Sherrieb

Associate Director of the National Center for Disaster Mental Health Research

Research Affiliate National Center for Disaster Mental Health Research
Peter Simi

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Nebraska Omaha
Steve Sin

Senior Researcher, START

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
Rashmi Singh Rashmi Singh

Lecturer in Terrorism Studies

Investigator, Research Affiliate St. Andrews University
Kathleen Smarick Kathleen Smarick

Special Adviser to the Director, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Daniel Smith

Researcher, START

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
Brent Smith Brent Smith

Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice; Director ofTerrorism Research Center (TRC) in Fulbright College

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Arkansas
Sarah Spalding Sarah Spalding

Researcher/Analyst, START

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Dr. John Stevenson, START John Stevenson

Senior Researcher, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Brandon Sullivan Brandon Sullivan

Assistant Professor

Research Affiliate, Terrorism Research Awardee Michigan State University
Jeanette Sutton

Senior Research Associate at the Trauma Health and Hazards Center

Research Affiliate University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Susan Szmania

Senior Researcher, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland