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Alejandro J. Beutel is Researcher for Countering Violent Extremism at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Prior to START, Beutel was the Policy and Research Engagement Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), an applied research think-tank specializing in the study and promotion of evidence-based development strategies for positive civic, social, and political engagement outcomes for American Muslim communities. He was also an independent research consultant to several non-profits, private corporations, and think-tanks.
At ISPU, he was Co-Principal Investigator and Project Manager of the “Islamophobia: A Threat to All” study, a research initiative that empirically analyzed anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States and provided actionable solutions to effectively combat it. As a consultant, Beutel authored several publications, including most recently, “Safe Spaces Initiative” a community-based toolkit to combat extremism and violence, published by the Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Beutel graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 with a Master of Public Policy. He also has a Bachelor of Science in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
- University of Maryland, College Park, M.P.P., 2013
- Seton Hall University, B.S., International Relations and Diplomacy, Cum Laude, 2006
- Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Policy Research and Engagement Fellow, 2014-2015
- Independent Research Consultant, 2012-2015