Meet the Faculty: MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies (12/6)

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online (Zoom)

Come meet our faculty! On Monday, December 6 at 12:00 p.m. ET, START Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Director and Director of Graduate Studies Dr. Marcus Boyd will provide a virtual talk on his teaching style, learning objectives and course themes in the classes he teaches for START’s MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. If you have any questions, please email the START events team at

Dr. Marcus Boyd is the graduate studies director and head of geospatial analysis at START where he oversees research relating to terrorism, illicit finance, and GIScience. He has advanced methodological training in spatial statistics, demography, sociology, and geographic information systems. His primary research interests are economic geography and regional science, spatial inequality, and illicit spaces. His research has been funded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and others. Prior to coming to START, he served in a variety of roles supporting various agencies of the U.S. Government. Marcus completed his PhD in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences at George Mason University. His dissertation research focused on the interplay between terrorist attacks, illicit finance, and illicit spaces.

START’s MPS in Security & Terrorism Studies is a 36-credit, fully online graduate program which prepares students to examine the complex social, political, economic, and psychological underpinnings of terrorist and other asymmetric security threats. Students can take classes full- or part-time, and small class sizes enable students to receive the full attention of some of the top experts in the fields of intelligence analysis, national security and terrorism studies. Apply for the Spring 2022 semester by January 7, 2022.