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
Rashmi Singh Rashmi Singh

Associate Professor

Investigator, Research Affiliate The Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais
Kathleen Smarick Kathleen Smarick

Special Adviser to the Director, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Brent Smith Brent Smith

Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Director of Terrorism Research Center (TRC) in Fulbright College

Investigator University of Arkansas
Daniel Smith

Senior Research Specialist, START

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
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
Jeannette Sutton

Director, Risk and Disaster Communication Center, University of Kentucky

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Kentucky

Research Affiliate n/a
Susan Szmania

Research Affiliate, START

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Audrey Tetteh

ICONS Associate Director & Education Program Director

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
Terence Thornberry

Professor of Crimimology and Criminal Justice

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Kathleen Tierney

Professor of Sociology

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Colorado
Herbert Tinsley

Senior Researcher, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Roger Tourangeau

Research Professor Emeritus

Research Affiliate University of Michigan
Monique Turner

Media Project Coordinator

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Bert Useem

Professor of Sociology

Investigator, Research Affiliate Purdue University
Elaine Vaughan

Researcher of Psychology/Social Psychology

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of California, Irvine
Liz Wasden

Undergraduate Education Coordinator, START

Staff University of Maryland
Peter Weinberger Peter Weinberger

Technical Advisor, Resonance Global

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Stevan Weine Stevan Weine

Professor of Psychiatry

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Illinois at Chicago
David Weisburd David Weisburd

Distinguished Professor and Walter E Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice

Investigator, Research Affiliate George Mason University
Jonathan Wilkenfeld Jonathan Wilkenfeld

Director, ICONS Project, START

Professor of Political Science and International Relations

Investigator, Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Margaret Wilson

Senior Lecturer of Psychology

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Surrey (UK)
Brian Wingenroth

Research Software Architect, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Michele Wood

Assistant Professor of Health Science, Director CA-NV Public Health Training Center - Fullerton

Investigator, Research Affiliate California State University, Fullerton

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