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

Marcus Boyd
Marcus Boyd

Director of Graduate Studies, Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Director, START

Amy Pate
Amy Pate

START Executive Director
and Research Director

William Braniff
William Braniff

Department Chair,
START 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 – Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Director, Director of Graduate Studies, START | Bio ➔

Dr. Marcus Boyd is the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the Geospatial Research Unit (GRU), where he oversees research relating to terrorism, illicit finance, and GIScience. His research has been funded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and others. Watch a lecture from Dr. Boyd here.

Sara Winegar Budge – Program Director, ExitUSA

Dr. Sara Winegar Budge is the Program Director of ExitUSA, a CVE program that helps individuals leave violent far right movements, and NTT faculty at Western Oregon University. Her research interests include attitudes and behaviors associated with violent extremism, effective secondary and tertiary intervention techniques, and the intersection between psychopathology and ideological violence. Dr. Winegar Budge has worked in community mental health, university counseling, and private practice settings with a diverse array of clients and clinical challenges. 

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.

Brook Hefright – Assistant Research Scientist, ARLIS | Bio ➔

Dr. Brook Hefright is an assistant research scientist with the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS). He has extensive expertise in the areas of language and society in China; sociolinguistics; linguistic anthropology; language contact; documentation, description, and revitalization of endangered and minority languages. International affairs professional with experience managing humanitarian diplomacy and assistance programs and representing the United States in China, Russia, and the former Soviet Union, and Europe. He is a trained translator and proficient in Chinese, Russian, and German.

Samuel D. Henkin – Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Researcher, START | Bio ➔

Dr. Samuel D. Henkin is a researcher on the Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) at START. His approach to the study of political violence, instability, and conflict is the result of his own geographic education which focused on a rigorous survey of critical theory and methodological multiplicity at the leading-edge of geographic inquiry. Specific research interests include spatial relations of violence in everyday life, the intersections of political geography and security, and political violence in Southeast Asia.

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. 

Amy Pate – START Executive Director and Research Director | Bio ➔

Dr. Amy Pate is the Executive Director and Research Director at START. A political scientist specializing in international relations and comparative politics, Pate has worked with START since the center was founded, first through her work on the Minorities at Risk Project and as a START researcher, prior to becoming research director. Pate is trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods, has conducted fieldwork in conflict zones in Africa, and has extensive experience working with researchers in developing countries.

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.


Meet the Staff

Eva Coll – Experiential Education Specialist, START | Bio ➔

Eva Coll is the Experiential Education Specialist at START, managing and overseeing START’s internship program. In this role she collaborates regularly with Center researchers and intern supervisors, supervises and provides professional mentorship for approximately 75 student interns each academic term, and is responsible for the marketing/recruiting for the internship program.

Erin Copland – Outreach and Transition Specialist, START | Bio ➔

Erin Copland is the Outreach and Transition Specialist and Acting Communications Manager at START, supporting the Media and Communications team in publicizing START's research, brand and mission. In doing so, she contributes content to START's social media and monthly newsletter, and runs START's virtual events series.

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, and the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis.


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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.