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Gary LaFree

Director, START; Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Terrorism and Society, Violent Groups and Movements, Crime and Terrorism, Countering Violent Extremism, Radical Beliefs and Behavior Cybersecurity and Cyberterrorism, Ecoterrorism, Global Security, IEDs, Policing Terrorism, Political conflict and Violence, Terrorism Databases and Resources, Terrorist Networks Global
Anthony Lemieux Anthony Lemieux

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

Terrorism and Society, Violent Groups and Movements, Individual Behavior, Countering Violent Extremism, Radical Beliefs and Behavior Ethnic Conflict and Violence, Group Behavior, Media and Terrorism, Political conflict and Violence, Psychology of Terrorism Global
Christian Leuprecht

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Economics

Terrorism and Society, Violent Groups and Movements, Individual Behavior, Crime and Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Radiological and Nuclear Threats Cybersecurity and Cyberterrorism, Emergency Preparedness and Management, Ethnic Conflict and Violence, Global Security, Homeland Security Education and Training, Policing Terrorism, Political conflict and Violence, Risk Management, Security Policy, Threat Assessment Global, Middle East and North Africa, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe
Mark Lichbach Mark Lichbach

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

Political conflict and Violence
Gina Scott Ligon Gina Scott Ligon

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

Terrorism and Society, Violent Groups and Movements Al-Qaida and Affiliated Movements, Innovation and Technology, Leadership in Violent Extremist Organizations, Media and Terrorism, Psychology of Terrorism Global, North America
Brooke Liu

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

Resilience, Risk Communication Community Resilience, Crisis Communication, Emergency Preparedness and Management, Media and Terrorism, Natural Hazards, Public Communications and Warnings, Risk Management, Social Media Global, North America
Jacob Loewner

Faculty Research Assistant, START

Terrorism and Society Media and Terrorism, Terrorism Databases and Resources, Terrorism Trends