A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus 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:

William Braniff, Director, 301-405-4022, braniff@start.umd.edu

Amy Pate, Executive Director / Research Director, 301-405-6821, apate@umd.edu

Last Names Starting With:

Name Job Titlesort ascending Role Institution
Arie Kruglanski

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Investigator University of Maryland
Brent Smith Brent Smith

Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Director of Terrorism Research Center (TRC) in Fulbright College

Investigator University of Arkansas
Steve Sin

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT)

Subject Matter Expert Instructor, National Center for Security & Preparedness

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
Julie Callis

Director of Administrative Services, START

Staff University of Maryland
Thomas Guarrieri

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Assistant Research Scientist, Unconventional Weapons & Technology (UWT) Division, START

Researcher, Staff University of Maryland
John Sawyer John Sawyer

Director of Strategic Corporate Research Relationships

Former Investigator University of Maryland
Nathan Meehan

Director of Research and Development, Second Sight Training Systems, LLC

Investigator Second Sight Training Systems, LLC
Jessica Rivinius Jessica Rivinius

Director of News and Media Relations

Former Researcher Miami University
Gina Scott Ligon Gina Scott Ligon

Director of National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE); Jack and Stephanie Koraleski Professor of Collaboration Science, UNO

Investigator University of Nebraska Omaha
Photo of William Braniff William Braniff

Department Chair, START Director

Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland

Editorial Board, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

Research Advisory Board, RESOLVE Network

Independent Advisory Committee (IAC), Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)

International Advisory Board, Hedayah Center

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
Barnett Koven Barnett S. Koven

Data Science Manager, Deloitte Government & Public Services


Former Investigator
Photo of Joe Oudin Joseph Oudin

Data Collection Manager

Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Researcher, START

Researcher, Staff University of Maryland
Rhyner Washburn

Cyber Intelligence Researcher, START

Researcher, Staff University of Maryland
Arri Abarcar

Business Services Specialist, START

Staff University of Maryland
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman

Associate Professor, SUNY Albany

Investigator University at Albany, State University of New York
Peter Simi

Associate Professor, Chapman University

Director, Earl Babbie Research Center

Investigator Chapman University
R. Karl Rethemeyer R. Karl Rethemeyer

Associate Professor of Public Administration & Policy

Investigator University at Albany, State University of New York
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration

Investigator University at Albany, State University of New York
Steven Chermak Steven Chermak

Associate Professor of Criminology

Investigator Michigan State University
Anthony Lemieux Anthony Lemieux

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

Investigator Georgia State University
Jeff Gruenewald

Associate Professor and Director of the Terrorism Research Center, University of Arkansas

Investigator University of Arkansas
Anita Atwell Seate

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

Affiliate Assistant Professor, START

Investigator University of Maryland
Brandon Behlendorf Brandon Behlendorf

Assistant Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, SUNY Albany

Investigator University at Albany, State University of New York
Kurt Braddock

Assistant Professor, American University

Researcher American University
William Parkin

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Researcher Seattle University