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Master of Professional Studies in
Homeland Security - Counterterrorism Option


Ph.D., Political Science, Duke University
M.A., Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Political Science and International Relations, Bosphorus University, Istanbul

Dr. Nazli Avdan is an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas, where she also directs the graduate program. She studies international migration and border policies, the security migration nexus, and international security and political violence, including specifically the causes and consequences of terrorism. Dr. Avdan’s work has been published in many of the leading political science and international relations journals. She teaches courses on foreign policy, terrorism, and migration policies.

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.

Ph.D., American History, Columbia University
LL.B., Faculty of Law, McGill University
M.A., Eastern European Jewish Studies, McGill University
B.A., Jewish History, Hebrew University, Israel

Dr. Itai N. Sneh's research and teaching focuses on the history of human rights; American presidential, diplomatic, legal, and political history; international law; terrorism; genocide; Israel; and the Middle East. He is currently working on two books: Torture through Ages of Injustice: Oppressive Power Regimes, Anti Reconciliation, and Untruths and The Encrusted Underside of Glory: Injustice, Inequality, and Struggles in American Legal History.

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 the director of the Counterterrorism Option and 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.

Ph.D., African Studies, Harvard University
M.A., Government, Harvard University
M.A., African Studies, Yale University
B.A., International Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Jason Warner, assistant professor at the Military Academy at West Point, teaches in the Department of Social Sciences and is an associate in the Combating Terrorism Center, where he directs research on terrorism and counterterrorism in Africa. His research focuses on terrorist groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Africa, terrorism, counterterrorism, and political violence. He is the co-author or co-editor of three books and has published in leading academic journals in political science, security studies, and African studies.

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