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START Announces 2010-2011 Terrorism Research Awards and Undergraduate Research Program Participants


START Announces 2010-2011 Terrorism Research Awards and Undergraduate Research Program Participants

June 3, 2010

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) today announced the recipients of their 2010-2011 Terrorism Research Awards and Undergraduate Research Program Participants. Terrorism Research Award winners are actively engaged in critical research related to the study of terrorism and responses to terrorism, consistent with the mission of START. Each scholar receives $5,000 to enhance his/her START research and professional development, as well as funds to attend the 2010 and 2011 START Annual Meetings in College Park, MD. After a rigorous and competitive selection process, START has selected 10 award winners for the 2010-2011 Academic Year.

  • Susan Fahey, Criminology, University of Maryland, "Terrorism and State Fragility"
  • Liran Goldman, Psychology, Claremont Graduate School, "Identity and the Role of Relative Deprivation in Support of Terrorism"
  • Erik Iverson, International Relations, Tufts University, "Structural and Behavioral Factors Constraining the Capacity of Homeland Security Institutions to Collaborate"
  • Tarra Jackson, Criminology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, "Snitching Behavior in Cases of Far-Right, Islamic Jihadi, and Environmental Extremist Violence"
  • Ashmini Kerodal, Criminology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, "Pathways to Radicalization Among Homegrown Extremists"
  • Aila Matanock, Political Science, Stanford University, "Terrorist Group Participation in Elections"
  • Carlotta Minnella, Political Science, Harvard University, "Western Counterterrorism Responses After 9/11: Cultural Dynamics, International Cooperation, and Policy Adaptation"
  • Angela Scholes, Forensic Psychology, University of Surrey, "Observable Behaviors Present in Political Assassination Incidents"
  • Ora Szekely, Political Science, SUNY Albany, "Variation in Military and Political Resilience Demonstrated by Non-State Military Actors in the Middle East"
  • Margath Walker, Geography, San Diego State University, "Urban Insecurity and Terrorism on the US-Mexico Border"

START's Undergraduate Research Program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to work under a START faculty mentor, contributing to the mentor's research on terrorism and responses to terrorism and developing a complementary individual research project. Each participant receives $3,000 to enhance his/her research and professional development, as well as funds to attend an orientation meeting in College Park, MD, in August 2010 and to attend the 2011 START Annual Meeting. After a rigorous and competitive selection process, START has selected 4 Undergraduate Research Program participants for the 2010-2011 Academic Year.

  • Lindsey Baker-Torne, Purchase College, SUNY, "Analysis of How Gender, Suicide Terrorism, and Culture Affect Individual Responses to Terrorist Attacks"
  • Melissa Meek, University of Maryland, "Identities in Conflict: Examining Dual-Ideology Organizations in the Context of Violence"
  • Lea Savard-McNicoll, University of Maryland, "Hezbollah Exposed: A Comprehensive Study of Past Attacks"
  • Rachel Tecott, Wesleyan University, "Examining the Efficacy of Israeli Counterterrorism Tactics"