Senior Researcher, START
8400 Baltimore Ave., Suite 250, College Park, MD 20740
Steve Sin is a lead investigator and senior researcher in the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division (UWT) of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). His research at START focuses on illicit trafficking of radiological and nuclear materials as well as the use of cyber domain by non-state actors.
Mr. Sin’s broader research interests include political violence, terrorism/counterterrorism, and insurgency/counterinsurgency. He has a regional expertise in Northeast Asia, including North Korean nuclear program, inter-Korean relations, North Korea – U.S. relations, and South Korea – U.S. relations.
Prior to joining START, Mr. Sin was the senior research associate and section chief at the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP). During his tenure, he led and oversaw NCSP’s homeland security and terrorism research program to assist and advise New York State and local authorities on designing and implementing emergency preparedness and management policies, plans, and training. Mr. Sin was also a career active duty U.S. Army officer, serving as a Counterintelligence Officer specializing in intelligence support to counter-terrorism and political-military affairs in the Asia-Pacific Theater of Operations.
Having a passion for teaching, Mr. Sin maintains his affiliation with the NCSP as a member of its subject matter expert/instructor team where he teaches various homeland security related training courses to New York State’s emergency responders, analysts, and managers. Additionally, Mr. Sin has served and continues to serve as an adjunct faculty at institutions of higher education, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Mr. Sin is also a PhD candidate in political science (international relations and comparative politics) at the University at Albany, and his dissertation examines the relationship between interstate crisis initiation and distraction.
- University of Texas, B.A., Government, May 1995
- University at Albany (SUNY), Ph.D. (ABD), Political Science, Expected Degree Completion: August 2016 (Dissertation: “While the Enemy is Busy: A Distractionary Theory of Interstate Crisis Initiation”)
- President’s Award for Leadership in Academic Leadership, University at Albany (SUNY) 2014
- University Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Instructor, University at Albany (SUNY) 2013
- Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY) 2013
- Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany (SUNY) 2012
- Provost Award, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA 2005
- START, Senior Researcher, 2014 – Present
- Colin Powell School, City College of New York – Washington Semester Program, Adjunct Professor, 2015
- Department of Public Administration and Policy, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY), Lecturer, 2013 – 2014
- National Center for Security & Preparedness, Subject Matter Expert./Instructor, 2011 – Present
- National Center for Security & Preparedness, Senior Research Associate, 2013 – 2014
- National Center for Security & Preparedness, Research Assistant, 2011 – 2013
- U.S. Army, Military Intelligence Officer, 1999 – 2010
- U.S. Army, Air Defense Artillery Officer, 1995 – 1999
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
- Asal, Victor, Kathleen Deloughery, and Steve Sin. “Democracy, Inclusion and Failure in Counter-Insurgency.” Foreign Policy Analysis (Forthcoming).
- Asal, Victor, Steve S. Sin, Nolan P. Fahrenkopf, and Xiaoye She. “The Comparative Politics Game Show: Using Games to Teach Comparative Politics Theories.” International Studies Perspectives (April 2013): 1-12.
- Asal, Victor, and Steve Sin. “Anger or Ability: Arguing the Causes of Rebellion.” Combating Terrorism Exchange, 3-1 (February 2013): 42-44.
- Rousseau, David L., A. Trevor Thrall, Marcus Schulzke, and Steve Sin. “Democratic Leaders and War: Simultaneously Managing External Conflicts and Domestic Politics.” Australian Journal of International Affairs, 66-3 (2012): 349-364.
- Sin, Steve S. and Marcus A. Boyd. “Searching for the Nuclear Silk Road: Geospatial Analysis of Potential Illicit Radiological and Nuclear Material Trafficking Pathways.” Nuclear Terrorism: Countering the Threat. Eds. Brecht Volders and Tom Sauer. London: Routledge (Forthcoming – March 10, 2016).
Relevant Professional Publications
- Sin, Steve S. “Greater Tumen Area Economic Development Project: A Background.” United States Forces Korea J2 Open Source Analysis (January 27, 2010).
- Sin, Steve S. “Homegrown Terrorism: South Korea's Next Challenge against Terrorism.” Asian Affairs: A Hong Kong Publication, 29 (2009): 33-56.
- Sin, Steve S. “한국과 주한미군에 대한 북한과 중국으로부터의 사이버 위협” (“Cyber Threat posed by North Korea and China to South Korea and US Forces Korea”). 국방과기술 (Defense and Technology), 364 (2009): 28-33. [Article published in Korean]
- Sin, Steve S., and Su Goodwin. “Two Birds with One Stone: Attention from the US and Conciliation from the Republic of Korea.” United States Forces Korea J2 Open Source Analysis (February 11, 2009).
- Sin, Steve S. “South Korean Printed and Internet Media Reporting: A Counterintelligence Challenge.” United States Forces Korea J2 Open Source Analysis (December 28, 2007).