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Ph.D., Political Science, Penn State
M.A., Political Science, West Virginia University
B.A., Political Science and Spanish, Loyola University Maryland

Dr. Bryan Arva is a researcher at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. He has worked on numerous projects at START, including the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS). His research and teaching interests include terrorism, counterterrorism, homeland security, radicalization, preventing violent extremism, and the effects of new information and communications technologies (ICTs) on political violence.

Ph.D., Political Science, Florida State University
M.A., Latin American Studies, University of California
B.A., International Affairs, Florida State University

Dr. Justin Conrad is an associate professor of international affairs. He studies international security issues, including terrorism and interstate conflict, and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. Dr. Conrad's work has been published in many of the leading political science, security studies, and international relations journals. He has also worked in the international private sector and served as a U.S. military officer.

Ph.D., Political Science, University College Dublin
M.A., International Social Science, University College Dublin
B.S., International Social Science, University College Dublin and Uppsala University

Dr. Paul Gill's research focuses on violent extremist behavior. It is interdisciplinary in nature, with publications in leading political science, psychology, criminology, mathematics, and general science journals. He teaches on the causes and correlates of terrorism.

Ph.D., Philosophy, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy and Quantitative Methods; State University of New York, Albany
M.S., Economic Development, Distinction in Applied Quantitative Methods; London School of Economics and Political Science
B.A., Economics, and Journalism & Mass Communications

Dr. Amira Jadoon is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Sciences and a research associate in the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She specializes in international security, economic statecraft, and political violence, with a regional focus on South and Central Asia. Prior to beginning her career in academia and research, Dr. Jadoon worked as a consultant for Deloitte London (U.K.) between 2006-2011.

Ph.D., International Relations, St. Andrews University
MA, Forensic Psychology, University College Cork
BA., Psychology, University College Dublin

John Morrison has an interdisciplinary background in psychology, international relations and criminology. His teaching and research interests reflect this. He is particularly interested in the role of trust in terrorist involvement, and the broader psychology of terrorism.

Ph.D., Politics, New York University
M.A., Middle East Studies, University of Michigan
B.A., Political Science, Loyola University

Dr. James Piazza is a liberal arts professor of political science at Penn State. His research and teaching focus on terrorism, counterterrorism, and the politics of the Islamic world.

PhD (ABD) / M.Phil., International Relations, American University
M.A., Conflict Resolution, Antioch University Midwest
B.A. Political Science, Marietta College

Brandon Sims teaches quantitative and qualitative research methods in international relations and peace studies at the School of International Service at American University and at Penn State. He is a research assistant in Security Sector Governance at the U. S. Institute of Peace. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of non-violent, violent, and self-violent conflict, and is supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace; Dept. of Defense Minerva Research Initiative; International Center on Nonviolent Conflict; and the Peace and Violence Lab, American University.

Ph.D., Political Science, State University of New York at Albany
M.A., Political Science, State University of New York at Albany
B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, McGill University

Dr. Andrew Vitek is an assistant teaching professor in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on terrorism, political violence, security studies, and pedagogy. He teaches courses on terrorism, homeland security, and comparative politics.

Ph.D., International Relations, American University
B.A., Political Science, Trinity College

Dr. James Walsh's research and teaching interests include political violence and terrorism, civil war, human rights violations, and intelligence and national security. He is the author of three books, including Drones and Support for the Use of Force, available from The University of Michigan Press. His work has been supported by the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Homeland Security, the Army Research Office, and the Minerva Research Initiative.

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