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:

Name Job Titlesort descending Role Institution
Katherine Izsak Katherine Worboys Izsak

Academic Director, UMD College of Information (iSchool)

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Stephanie Amobi

Administrative Assistant

Staff University of Maryland
Michael Egnoto

Affiliated Researcher, START

Investigator University of Maryland
START Researcher Gabrielle Matuzsan Gabrielle Matuzsan

Analyst, Government Accountability Office

Research Affiliate, START

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Emina Herovic

Assistant Clinical Professor

Investigator, Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Liberty Day, START Liberty Day

Assistant Director of Training

Staff University of Maryland
William Parkin

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Investigator, Research Affiliate Seattle University
Brian Johnson

Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
David Maimon David Maimon

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Enrique Arias Enrique Arias

Assistant Professor of Government

Investigator, Research Affiliate John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Paul Harwood

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Director of Public Opinion Research Lab

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of North Florida
Peter Krause

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston College

Research Affiliate, MIT Security Studies Program

Research Affiliate Boston College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Manuela Caiani

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Research Affiliate Institute for Advanced Studies
Kathleen Deloughery

Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy

Investigator, Research Affiliate University at Albany, State University of New York
David Hofmann David Hofmann

Assistant Professor of Sociology/Criminology

Senior Research Affiliate – The Canadian Network of Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS)

Terrorism Research Awardee SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Michele Wood

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

Investigator, Research Affiliate California State University, Fullerton
Tricia Bacon

Assistant Professor, American University

Non-Resident Fellow, Program on Extremism, George Washington University

Terrorism Research Awardee American University
Brandon Behlendorf Brandon Behlendorf

Assistant Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, SUNY Albany

Research Affiliate University at Albany, State University of New York
Nina Fefferman

Assistant Professor, Depts. of Mathematics & Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Investigator, Research Affiliate n/a
David C. Pyrooz

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado - Boulder

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Colorado
Anita Atwell Seate

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

Affiliate Assistant Professor, START

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Sharad Joshi

Assistant Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Associate Fellow of International Security, Chatham House

Investigator, Research Affiliate Monterey Institute of International Studies
Hamilton Bean Hamilton Bean

Assistant Professor

Investigator University of Colorado Denver
Omi Hodwitz

Assistant Professor

Research Affiliate University of Idaho
Brian Phillips Brian Phillips

Assistant Professor

Research Affiliate, Terrorism Research Awardee Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE), Mexico City