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
Richard Legault

Former START Post-Doctoral Researcher

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Anthony Lemieux Anthony Lemieux

Associate Professor of Communication and Lead Researcher of the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Program

Investigator, Research Affiliate Georgia State University
Christian Leuprecht

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Economics

Investigator, Research Affiliate Royal Military College
Alexis Li

Simulation Coordinator, ICONS Project, START

Staff University of Maryland
Mark Lichbach Mark Lichbach

Professor of Comparative Politics and Chair of Department of Government and Politics

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Gina Scott Ligon Gina Scott Ligon

Associate Professor of Management and Director of R&D at the Center for Collaboration Science

Investigator University of Nebraska Omaha
Brooke Liu

Associate Professor of Communication and Director, Risk Communication & Resilience Program, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Jacob Loewner

Faculty Research Assistant, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Stephanie Madden Stephanie Madden

Doctoral Student

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
David Maimon David Maimon

Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Rolin Mainuddin

Associate Professor of Political Science

Investigator, Research Affiliate North Carolina Central University
START Researcher Gabrielle Matuzsan Gabrielle Matuzsan

Researcher, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Clark McCauley Clark McCauley

Professor of Psychology

Investigator, Research Affiliate Bryn Mawr College
Erin McGrath

NSF Post-doctoral Research Associate, Computational Social Science, START

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
Douglas McLeod Douglas McLeod

Professor of Communications

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Wisconsin - Madison
Cindy Menjivar Cindy Menjivar

Business Coordinator, START

Staff University of Maryland
Mary Michael

Research Assistant, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Erin Miller Erin Miller

GTD Program Manager, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Elise Miller-Hooks Elise Miller-Hooks

Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
H. Brinton Milward

Director of School of Government and Public Policy

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Arizona
Lyubov Mincheva

Associate Professor

Research Affiliate University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Prabhakar Misra Prabhakar Misra

Professor of Physics

Investigator, Research Affiliate Howard University
Mansoor Moaddel

Professor of Sociology and START Faculty Member

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Assaf Moghadam Assaf Moghadam

Associate Professor of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy

Investigator, Research Affiliate International Institute for Counterterrroism
Hamid Mohtadi

Professor of Economics

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

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