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

MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies Faculty & Staff

Welcome from our Head Faculty and Program Directors

 Thomas Guarrieri
Thomas Guarrieri

Acting Director of Graduate
Studies, START

Amy Pate
Amy Pate

START Acting Director

Liberty Day
Liberty Day

Program Director for
Education and Training, START

By enrolling in our MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies program, you are guaranteed guidance from some of the top experts in the fields of intelligence analysis, national security and terrorism studies. You will learn from distinguished professionals with a comprehensive understanding of global security and terrorism, prepared to equip you with the same critical analysis tools that inspired their successful careers and global impact. Our small class sizes enable you the full attention you need to master your coursework and absorb as much knowledge as possible. Feel free to explore the experts on our faculty and staff below, and please reach out to with any questions.


Meet the Faculty


Markus Binder – Project Manager/Researcher, START | Bio ➔

Markus Binder joined START in August 2013 as a project manager and senior researcher specializing in terrorism involving chemical and biological agents. Prior to joining START, he was an independent consultant providing expertise in the areas of WMD nonproliferation, chemical and biological terrorism, and the spread of MANPADS.

Marcus Boyd – Assistant Director of INSURE Consortium, ARLIS | Bio ➔

Dr. Marcus Boyd is the Assistant Director of INSURE Consortium and RISC at the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security at the University of Maryland. Watch a lecture from Dr. Boyd here.

Jeffrey Davis – Department of Political Science Associate Professor and Chair at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County | Bio ➔

Dr. Jeffrey Davis is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research focuses on human rights justice and international law. 

Michael Egnoto – Affiliated Faculty, Clinical Informaticist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research | Bio ➔

Dr. Michael Egnoto is a clinical informaticist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. His research deals with risk and crisis communication in digital environments by focusing on communication in social environments.

Thomas Guarrieri – Director of Undergraduate Studies and and Acting Director of Graduate Studies Bio ➔ 

Tom Guarrieri is an Assistant Research Scientist at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), the Acting Direct of Graduate Studies, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Studies Minor program. At UMD, Guarrieri teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics such as terrorist motivations and behaviors, terrorism prevention, and international security, as well as courses on quantitative methods, statistical computing, and data analysis. 

Candace Moix – Analyst, Krebs Stamos Group

Candace Moix is an Analyst at the Krebs Stamos Group, a cybersecurity consulting firm. She formerly worked as a Digital Network Exploitation Analyst for the Department of Defense, and researched extremism at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. Candace specializes in studying interdisciplinary cyberspace problems and prioritizing analytic rigor in social science research. She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Terrorism, Security, and Society from Kings' College London's War Studies Department, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa's CyberCorps program, an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. 

Steve S. Sin – Director of Unconventional and Asymmetric Threats Division (UWT), START | Bio ➔

Dr. Sin specializes in a broad range of international security, terrorism, and homeland security challenges. His expertise includes radiological and nuclear (RN) terrorism; illicit trafficking of RN materials; terrorist use of cyber domain; emerging technology; emergency preparedness and management; intelligence/counterintelligence operations, analysis, and exploitation; Northeast Asia regional security; and counter-terrorism training, exercise, and curriculum development. His expertise in Northeast Asia regional security is focused on North Korea, including its nuclear program; cyber capabilities; intelligence apparatus; regime survival; and leadership. His additional regional expertise includes South Korean nuclear program and infrastructure; North-South Korea relations; and Korea-Japan-China trilateral relations.

Maggie Smith – Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy, West Point

Dr. Maggie Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Researcher assigned to the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Her current research includes disinformation and operations in the information environment within the context of great power competition.

Carla D. Stamper – Chief, Join Staff Insider Threat Hub, Directorate of Management, Joint Staff | Bio ➔

Carla D. Stamper is an instructor in the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism's Graduate Certificate in Insider Risk Management and Mitigation program. 

Anthony Kraemer – National Security Psychologist, U.S. Government | Bio ➔

Dr. Kraemer joined START in February of 2024 as an Adjunct Professor studying the psychological aspects of Insider Threat. He currently practices as a National Security Psychologist for the U.S. Government.

JT Mendoza – Instructor, START | Bio ➔

JT Mendoza is an Instructor at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland. At UMD, JT teaches graduate courses on insider risk/threat.


Meet the Staff

Liberty Day – Program Director for Education and Training, START | Bio ➔


Liberty Day is the Program Director for Education and Training at START, where she oversees the administration of educational programs including the Global Terrorism Studies Minor, the internship program, the MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies, the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis, and the Graduate Certificate in Insider Risk Management and Mitigation


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College Students

Undergraduate Students

  • Global Terrorism Studies Minor
  • Study Abroad
  • Online Courses
  • Internships

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Graduate Students

  • MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
  • Study Abroad
  • Summer/Winter Courses
  • Internships

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Professional Development

  • MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
  • Online Courses
  • Training


Check out START's flagship internship program.