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Right-wing Terrorism


Right-wing Terrorism

Project Title Investigators Project Period
A Comparative Study of Violent Extremism and Gangs Gary LaFree January, 2015 to December, 2018
Empirical Assessment of Domestic Disengagement and Deradicalization (EAD3) Michael Jensen, Peter Simi, Gina Scott Ligon January, 2015 to December, 2018
Geospatial and Temporal Patterns of US Terrorism Brent Smith, Kelly Damphousse July, 2012 to December, 2017
Patterns of U.S. Extremist Crime Jeff Gruenewald, Joshua Freilich, Steven Chermak, William Parkin July, 2012 to December, 2017
The Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States (TEVUS) Database Gary LaFree, Brent Smith, Joshua Freilich, Steven Chermak, Erin Miller, William Braniff, Kathleen Smarick March, 2009 to June, 2017
Empirical Assessment of Domestic Radicalization (EADR) Michael Jensen, Gary LaFree January, 2013 to December, 2016
Recruitment and Radicalization among US Far-Right Terrorists Peter Simi July, 2012 to December, 2015
Anatomizing Radiological and Nuclear Non-State Adversaries Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale, R. Karl Rethemeyer June, 2012 to January, 2014
U.S. Policies and Extremist Motivations July, 2012 to December, 2013
Radicalization Clusters? Geographic Concentrations of Violent Extremism and Terrorism in the United States Kathleen Smarick October, 2010 to December, 2011
United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB), 1990-2010 Joshua Freilich, Roberta Belli, Steven Chermak June, 2008 to October, 2011
Tracking Sympathy and Support of Muslims for Terrorism in the United States Clark McCauley June, 2008 to May, 2011
Patterns of Radicalization in Political Activism Donatella della Porta June, 2008 to December, 2009
Where the Extremes May Touch: The Potential for Collaboration Between Islamist, Right- and Left-Wing Extremists Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale July, 2005 to September, 2009
Creation of a Database of U.S. Extremist Crime, 1990-2005 Joshua Freilich, Steven Chermak June, 2007 to January, 2009
Extremist Crime Database Related Projects Joshua Freilich, Steven Chermak
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
A Mixed-Method Analysis of Fatal Attacks on Policy by Far-Right Extremists December 2015 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
A Reassessment of State-Level Covariates of Militia Groups April 2005 Freilich, Joshua Journal Article
A Test of Sprinzak's Split Delegitimization Theory of the Life Course of Far-Right Organizational Behavior October 2014 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Addicted to Hate: Identity Residual among Former White Supremacists August 2017 Simi, Peter Journal Article
American Terrorism and Extremist Crime Data Sources and Selectivity Bias: An Investigation Focusing on Homicide Events Committed by Far Right Extremists November 2011 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
An Overview of the Domestic Far-right and its Criminal Activities November 2008 Gruenewald, Jeffrey; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Book Chapter
Analysis of Factors Leading to Hate Crime and Terrorism November 2012 Rethemeyer, R. Karl; King, Ryan; Asal, Victor Report
Are Honor Killings Unique? A Comparison of Honor Killings, Domestic Violence Homicides, and Hate Homicides by Far-Right Extremists October 2017 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Armed Assault at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) November 2013 Miller, Erin Fact Sheet
Book Review of S.A. Wright, Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing January 2008 Freilich, Joshua Book Review
Commitment to Extremist Ideology: Using Factor Analysis to Move Beyond Binary Measures of Extremism April 2016 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Comparing Extremist Perpetrators of Suicide and Non-suicide Attacks in the U.S. March 2017 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Journal Article
Criminal Justice & Military Deaths at the Hands of Extremists November 2016 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Background Report
Critical Events in the Life Trajectories of Domestic Extremist White Supremacist Groups August 2009 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Distinguishing "Loner" Attacks from Other Domestic Extremist Violence July 2013 Gruenewald, Jeffrey; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Empirical Assessment of Domestic Radicalization (EADR) December 2016 LaFree, Gary; Tinsley, Herbert; Stevenson, John; Jensen, Michael; James, Patrick Report
European and American Extreme Right Groups and the Internet November 2012 Caiani, Manuela Book
Examing the Relationship between the Presence of Hate Groups and and the Presence of Far Right Violent Perpretrators at the Country Level March 2012 Adamczyk, Amy; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Report
Examining the Relationship between General Social Survey (GSS) Measures and Far-Right Ideological Violence: A County-Level Analysis April 2012 Adamczyk, Amy; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Report
Examining the Relationship between Global Study Survey (GSS) and Far Right Ideological Violence: A Country Level Analysis February 2012 Adamczyk, Amy; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Report
Examining the Relationship between the Presence of Hate Groups and the Presence of Violent Far-Right Perpetrators at the County Level March 2012 Adamczyk, Amy; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William
Extreme Hatred: Revisiting the Hate Crime and Terrorism Relationship May 2016 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Research Brief
Extreme Hatred: Revisiting the Hate Crime and Terrorism Relationship to Determine Whether They Are "Close Cousins" or "Distant Relatives" December 2015 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Extremist Violence from the Fatherland to the Homeland: A Comparison of Far-right Homicide in Germany and the United States April 2017 Gruenewald, Jeff; Parkin, William Journal Article
Far-Right Lone Wolf Homicides in the United States November 2013 Gruenewald, Jeffrey; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Far-right Violence in the United States: 1990-2013 June 2014 Gruenewald, Jeffrey; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Fact Sheet
Financial Crime and Political Extremism in the U.S. January 2012 Freilich, Joshua; Belli, Roberta; Chermak, Steven Research Brief
Financial Crimes Perpetrated by Far-Right Extremists in the United States: 1990-2013 June 2015 Sullivan, Brandon; Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Research Brief
Financial Terror: Financial Crime Schemes Involving Extremists Linked to the American Far Right and al-Qaida and Affiliated Movements January 2017 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Book Chapter
Grievance, Social Dominance Orientation, and Authoritarianism in the Choice and Justification of Terror Versus Protest November 2010 Lemieux, Anthony; Asal, Victor Journal Article
How Women Engage Homegrown Terrorism April 2014 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Islamist and Far-Right Homicides in the United States: Infographic February 2017 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Research Brief
Key concepts to understand violent White supremacy April 2017 Beutel, Alejandro Research Brief
Law Enforcement Training and the Domestic Far Right December 2009 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Leaving the World of Hate: Life-Course Transitions and Self-Change June 2015 Simi, Peter Journal Article
Military Experience, Identity Discrepancies, and Far Right Terrorism: An Exploratory Analysis April 2012 Simi, Peter Journal Article
Mismeasuring Militias: Limitations of Advocacy Group Data and of State‐Level Studies of Paramilitary Groups March 2006 Freilich, Joshua Journal Article
Mobilizing on the Extreme Right: Germany, Italy, and the United States January 2012 della Porta, Donatella; Caiani, Manuela Book
Online Networks of the Italian and German Extreme Right: An Explorative Study with Social Network Analysis February 2009 Caiani, Manuela Journal Article
Only the Bad Die Young: The Correlates of Organizational Death for Far-Right Extremist Groups December 2015 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Opportunity, Group Structure, Temporal Patterns, and Successful Outcomes of Far-Right Terrorism Incidents in the United States June 2016 Smith, Brent; Gruenewald, Jeff Journal Article
Organizational-Level Characteristics in Right-Wing Extremist Groups in the United States Over Time February 2016 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Asal, Victor Journal Article
Politics, Culture, and Political Crime: Covariates of Abortion Clinic Attacks in the United States May 2007 Freilich, Joshua Journal Article
Preventing Deadly Encounters between Law Enforcement and American Far-rightists October 2009 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States: Preliminary Findings January 2014 Tinsley, Herbert; Jensen, Michael; James, Patrick Research Brief
Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States: An Empirical Assessment of Domestic Radicalization January 2014 Tinsley, Herbert; Jensen, Michael; James, Patrick Project Fact Sheet
Profiles of Radicalization in the United States September 2017 Safer-Lichtenstein, Aaron ; LaFree, Gary; Jensen, Michael; James, Patrick Research Brief
Quantifying and Qualifying Charisma: A Theoretical Framework for Measuring the Presence of Charismatic Authority in Terrorist Groups May 2015 Hofmann, David Journal Article
Recruitment and Radicalization among U.S. Far-Right Terrorists November 2016 Simi, Peter Report
Review of George Michael, The Enemy of My Enemy: The Alarming Convergence of Militant Islam and the Extreme Right March 2007 Bale, Jeffrey Book Review
Review on Ignazi's, Norris' and Carter's New Books on Right Wing Radicalism January 2007 Caiani, Manuela Journal Article
Routine Activities and Right-Wing Extremists: An Empirical Comparison of the Victims of Ideologically Motivated and Non-Ideologically Motivated Homicides Committed by American Far-Rightists August 2015 Freilich, Joshua; Parkin, William Journal Article
Situational Crime Prevention and Non-violent Terrorism: A 'Soft' Approach against Ideologically Motivated Tax-refusal November 2009 Freilich, Joshua; Belli, Roberta Journal Article
Surveying American State Police Agencies about Lone Wolves, Far-Right Criminality, and Far-Right and Islamic Jihadist Criminal Collaboration January 2010 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
Surveying State Police Agencies about Domestic Terrorism and Far-Right Extremists February 2008 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Research Brief
The Impact of State Laws Protecting Abortion Clinics and Reproductive Rights on Crimes against Abortion Providers: Deterrence, Backlash, or Neither? July 2007 Freilich, Joshua Journal Article
The Influence of External and Internal Correlates on the Organizational Death of Domestic Far-Right Extremist Groups May 2015 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
The Organizational Dynamics of Far Right Hate Groups in the United States: Comparing Violence to Non violent Organizations April 2013 Report
The Organizational Dynamics of Far-Right Hate Groups in the United States: Comparing Violent to Non-Violent Organizations December 2011 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven
The Organizational Dynamics of Far-Right Hate Groups in the United States: Comparing Violent to Nonviolent Organizations February 2013 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
The Relationship Between Hate Groups and Far-Right Ideological Violence June 2014 Adamczyk, Amy; Gruenewald, Jeffrey; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Journal Article
The Rise and the Fall of the Extreme Right in Europe: Towards an Explanation? November 2007 Caiani, Manuela Journal Article
Threats of violent Islamist and far-right extremism: What does the research say? February 2017 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Discussion Point
Trauma as a Precursor to Violent Extremism April 2015 Simi, Peter Research Brief
Twenty-Five Years of Ideological Homicide Victimization in the United States of America March 2016 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Report
U.S. Polls: Public Opinion and Right‐Wing Extremism April 2010 McCauley, Clark Report
Update on Geospatial Patterns of Antecedent Behavior among Perpetrators in the American Terrorism Study (ATS) October 2013 Smith, Brent; Damphousse, Kelly; Roberts, Paxton
Victims of Ideological Homicides, 1990-2014 March 2016 Gruenewald, Jeff; Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven; Parkin, William Research Brief
Walking Away: The Disengagement and De-radicalization of a Violent Right-Wing Extremist March 2016 Horgan, John Journal Article
Worst of the bad: Violent white supremacist groups and lethality May 2012 Freilich, Joshua Journal Article
“Give Peace a Chance”? Explaining Colombia’s (Failed) Peace Process with the FARC November 2016 Koven, Barnett S. Discussion Point
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Threats of violent Islamist and far-right extremism: What does the research say?
Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) data now available
New study compares ideologically motivated homicides in United States
Financial crimes perpetrated by far-right extremists
Report finds childhood trauma, history of high-risk behaviors as precursors to violent extremism
Preliminary findings on Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the US
START seeking 2014 Outstanding Article Award nominations
Violent hate crimes offer insights into lone-actor terrorism
New START study examines communities where terrorists lived, planned and prepared
New Book: European and American Extreme Right Groups and the Internet
Far-right Violence in the United States: 1990-2010
Temple Gunman Said Military Experience Drove Him To Hate
Response to mischaracterization of the Hot Spots Report
Masculine honor ideology shapes responses to terrorism
START investigator and former TRA recipient publish book on the mobilization of right-wing extremism
Urban U.S. counties hot spots of terror, but rural areas are not exempt
New research examines financial crime and political extremism
START Investigators Participate in 2011 American Sociological Association Annual Conference
START Responds to White House Report on Preventing Violent Extremism
Have you seen it yet? START Research Review
START Researchers on Recent Shooting at the Pentagon
START Releases First Research Review
**Far-Right Attacks on U.S. Law Enforcement and Security Guards**
**Background Information: Far-Right Attacks on U.S. Law Enforcement **
START Announces 2009-10 Terrorism Research Awards
START Students Awarded Prizes in Poster Contest
START Expands its Research Brief Series
START Announces Fellowships for 2005-06
START Hosts DHS Faculty/Student Research Teams
Image Title Job Title Institution
Alejandro Beutel

Senior Research Analyst

Southern Poverty Law Center
Brandon Sullivan Brandon Sullivan

Assistant Professor

Michigan State University
David Hofmann David Hofmann

Assistant Professor of Sociology/Criminology

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

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Erica Chenoweth Erica Chenoweth

Associate Professor of International Studies

University of Denver
Erin Miller Erin Miller

GTD Program Manager, START

University of Maryland
START Researcher Gabrielle Matuzsan Gabrielle Matuzsan

Analyst, Government Accountability Office

Research Affiliate, START

University of Maryland
Herbert Tinsley

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Jeff Gruenewald

Associate Professor

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Joseph Young Joseph Young

Associate Professor of Public Affairs

American University
Joshua Freilich

Professor

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Kurt Braddock

Post-doctoral teaching fellow

Pennsylvania State University
Laura Dugan Laura Dugan

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Maryland
Lyubov Mincheva

Executive Director, Graduate Program in International Relations and Security Studies

University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Manuela Caiani

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Institute for Advanced Studies
Mila Jonns Mila Johns

Researcher

n/a
Nil Satana

Visiting Associate Professor

University of Maryland
START Researcher Patrick James Patrick James

Project Manager/Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Peter Simi

Associate Professor, Chapman University

Director, Earl Babbie Research Center

Chapman University
Rebecca (Becca) Earnhardt

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Roberta Belli

  Security Information Analyst, United Nations Department of Safety and Security

United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration

University at Albany, State University of New York
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