A Department of Homeland Security Emeritus Center of Excellence led by the University of Maryland

Through curricular and experiential learning, START educates, mentors and trains the next generation of national security scholars and practitioners.

2014-15 Award Recipients

2014-15 Award Recipients

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Brian Phillips, "How Does ‘Foreign Terrorist Organization’ Designation Affect Terrorist Groups?"

Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE)

Mentor: Victor Asal

Keren Fraiman, "Not in Your Backyard: Coercing Base States to Reign in Violent Non-State Groups"

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mentor: Risa Brooks

Jennifer Carson, "The Role of Targeted Assassinations in the War on Terrorism"

University of Central Missouri

Mentor: Gary LaFree

Pre-Doctoral Fellows

Julia Fraustino, "Social and Mobile Media Engagement among Younger Adults: Effects of Crisis Information Form, Source, and Visuals on Resilience Generating Outcomes."

University of Maryland

Mentor: Brooke Liu

Anonymous, "Individual preferences and behavior in civil wars"



Colleen Mills, "Extreme Hatred: When Hate Crime Becomes Terrorism: Revisiting the "Close Cousins" or "Distant Relatives" Debate"

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York

Mentor: Joshua Freilich

Dan Silverman, "Rage Against the Machines: Selective Violence, Reactive Mobilization, and U.S. Drone Warfare in Pakistan"

The Ohio State University

Mentor: Risa Brooks

Erika Lorenzana Del ​Villar, "Our Holy Grail: Power, States, and Networks in the Stymied Global Quest to Define Terrorism"

University of Connecticut

Mentor: Ronald Breiger

Sarah Fitzgerald, "Assessing the Attractiveness of Human and Non-Human Targets in Domestic Extremist Incidents"

Michigan State University

Mentor: Steve Chermak

Erin Kearns, "When to Claim: A cross-national study of claimed vs. unclaimed terrorist attacks"

American University

Mentor: Joe Young