A Department of Homeland Security 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:

Gary LaFree, Director, 301-405-6600, infostart@start.umd.edu

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

The START headquarters staff list is below. This includes both administrative staff and researchers based at START. To see a complete list of Investigators (those who have served as Principal Investigators on START funded projects) and/or All Affiliated Researchers (both Principal Investigators and Other Researchers who have worked on START projects), change the selection in the "Role " drop down on the right.

Last Names Starting With:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z
Name Job Title Role Institution
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Amy Adamczyk

Associate Professor of Sociology

Investigator, Research Affiliate John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Enrique Arias Enrique Arias

Assistant Professor of Government

Investigator, Research Affiliate John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science

Investigator, Research Affiliate University at Albany, State University of New York
Jeremy Backstrom

Faculty Research Assistant, Global Terrorism Database

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Jeffrey Bale

Director of Monterey Terrorism Research and Education Program / Associate Professor of International Policy Studies

Investigator, Research Affiliate Monterey Institute of International Studies
Hamilton Bean Hamilton Bean

Assistant Professor of Communication

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Colorado Denver
Brandon Behlendorf Brandon Behlendorf

Assistant Director for Research Development/Senior Researcher, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Roberta Belli

n/a

Investigator, Research Affiliate United Nationals Department of Safety and Security
Bianca Bersani

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Massachusetts Boston
Alejandro Beutel

Researcher, START

Investigator, Staff University of Maryland
Vicki Bier

Professor and Chair of Engineering

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Wisconsin - Madison
Markus Binder

Project Manager/Researcher, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Johanna Birnir Johanna Birnir

Associate Professor of Government and Politics

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Bidisha Biswas

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Investigator, Research Affiliate Western Washington University
Linda Bourque

Associate Director of the Center for Public Health and Disasters and Associate Director of the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of California, Los Angeles
Salma Bouziani

Project Manager/Researcher, START

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Ann Bowman Ann Bowman

Professor of Government and Public Service

Investigator, Research Affiliate Texas A&M University
Marcus Boyd

START Senior Researcher, GIS

Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Jarret Brachman

Associate Research Fellow

Investigator, Research Affiliate North Dakota State University
William Braniff William Braniff

Executive Director, START

Investigator, Research Affiliate, Staff University of Maryland
Richard Brecht

Executive Director of Language Studies

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Maryland
Ronald Breiger Ronald Breiger

Professor of Sociology

Investigator, Research Affiliate University of Arizona
Risa Brooks

Associate Professor of Political Science

Investigator, Research Affiliate Marquette University
Deborah Cai

Professor and Chair of Strategic and Organizational Communication

Investigator, Research Affiliate Temple University

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