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LaFree and Freilich lead effort in bridging criminology and terrorism studies


LaFree and Freilich lead effort in bridging criminology and terrorism studies

New Book: The Handbook of the Criminology of Terrorism

October 24, 2016Brooke Blankenship

Highlighting the work of many START researchers, a new book explains the origins and evolution of terrorism from a criminological perspective. Edited by START’s Gary LaFree and Joshua Freilich, “The Handbook of the Criminology of Terrorism” covers broad themes that include terrorism’s origins, theories, methodologies and types, and its relationship to other forms of crime, terrorism and the criminal justice system.

The book features a collection of essays that broaden the discussion of terrorism research beyond political science and psychology.

“When we set out to compile this handbook, our main goal was to make it the source that researchers and policy experts would turn to for expert knowledge on criminological theories, methods, and research on understanding the human causes and consequences of terrorism,” LaFree said.

Gary LaFree is a Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of Maryland.

Joshua Freilich is a member of the Criminal Justice Department and the Criminal Justice PhD Program at John Jay College.

The Handbook of the Criminology of Terrorism” is part of the Wiley Handbooks in Criminology and Criminal Justice series. It is available for purchase on both Wiley and Amazon. Click here for more information.

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