Director of Undergraduate Studies
Assistant Research Scientist, Unconventional Weapons & Technology (UWT) Division, START
Thomas Guarrieri is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT) Division. Prior to joining START, Guarrieri taught undergraduate courses in terrorism, American foreign policy, and international relations, at the University of Missouri. Additionally, he has taught seminars in quantitative methods and statistical computing using R, Stata, and SPSS, and is EITM certified. Guarrieri holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri, and a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Rutgers University. As an advocate of multimethod research, his dissertation utilizes both game theory and quantitative analyses to examine how terrorist groups respond to offensive counterterrorism tactics. Specifically, his dissertation focuses on how leadership targeting affects the strategic behavior of terrorist groups. His current research focuses on the intersection of adversarial behavior and CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) threats. He has published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, the Review of International Organizations, and was co-editor of a special issue of the International Studies Review. In 2016, he served as the Program Assistant for the 57th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and resides in Washington, D.C.
Summer/Winter Courses – START offers fully online summer and winter courses each year, which are open to any current degree seeking student or non-degree seeking individual.
Global Terrorism Studies Minor – This University of Maryland undergraduate program is designed to train the next generation of terrorism analysts, including students who plan to pursue graduate study related to terrorism as well as employment in the federal, state, local, non-profit, and/or private sectors.
Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis – This online graduate program provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics and impacts of international and domestic terrorism.
- University of Missouri, Ph.D., Political Science, 2017
- Rutgers University, B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, 2010
- Gamma Alpha Gamma Dissertation Year Fellowship, Office of Graduate Studies, 2016-2017
- Missouri Excellence in Political Science Teaching Award, Dept. of Political Science, 2017
- EITM Certification Scholarship, Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models Institute, 2014
- David M. Wood Excellence in Political Science Research Award, Dept. of Political Science, 2014
- Jeffrey D. Byrne Scholarship, Dept. of Political Science, 2014
- Assistant Research Scientist, Unconventional Weapons & Technology Division, START, 2017-present
- Program Assistant, International Studies Association Annual Convention, 2015-2016
- Graduate Instructor and Teaching Assistant, University of Missouri, 2012-2017
- Legislative and Constituent Aide, New Jersey General Assembly, 2010-2012