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
Prabhakar Misra Prabhakar Misra

Professor of Physics

Investigator, Research Affiliate Howard University
Mansoor Moaddel

Professor of Sociology and START Faculty Member

Investigator University of Maryland
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
Sophia Moskalenko

Postdoctoral Research Fellow for START

Investigator, Research Affiliate Bryn Mawr College
Egle Murauskaite

Senior Researcher & Simulation Developer, ICONS Project, START

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Peter Neumann

Director of International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR)

Investigator, Research Affiliate King's College
Alan Neustadtl

Professor of Sociology

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Fran Norris Fran Norris

Research Professor of Psychiatry

Investigator, Research Affiliate Dartmouth Medical School
Ann Norwood

Senior Associate

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Joseph Oudin

Senior Faculty Specialist, Global Terrorism Database, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Tunde Oyinloye

GIS Project Manager/Researcher, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Tyler Page

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Karina Panyan

Research Assistant, Global Terrorism Database (GTD), START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
William Parkin

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Investigator, Research Affiliate Seattle University
Amy Pate Amy Pate

Research Director, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
James Pennebaker James Pennebaker

Professor and Chair of Psychology Department

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Texas
Elizabeth Petrun Elizabeth Petrun Sayers

Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist

Research Affiliate RAND Corporation
Rose Pfefferbaum

Professor of Economics

Maricopa County Community College
Betty Pfefferbaum Betty Pfefferbaum

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Brian Phillips Brian Phillips

Assistant Professor

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

PhD Candidate

Research Affiliate Yale University
Stanley Presser

Distinguished University Professor of Sociology

Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Kieran Quinlan

Senior Faculty Specialist, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Magnus Ranstorp

Research Director of the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies

Investigator, Research Affiliate Swedish National Defense College

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