David Hofmann is a Terrorism Research Awardee with START working with TRA Mentor Dr. Gary Ackerman on "Threat Identification and Threat Assessment of Apocalyptical and Millenarian Groups within Canada." His current research is focused on three broad areas: right-wing extremism, apocalyptical and millenarian groups, and terrorist and criminal networks.
Although the threat of Islamist terrorism remains one of the most pressing concerns for national security, there is increasing empirical evidence suggesting that right-wing extremism in North America is a growing threat. In order to take a proactive approach to emerging security threats, Dr. Hofmann is gathering quantitative, sociometric, and qualitative data on the Canadian Freemen-on-the-Land movement, and on the Sovereign Citizen movement in the United States. He is currently writing a book chapter on the Canadian Freemen for the 2016 edition of Canada Among Nations.
Apocalyptical and Millenarian Groups:
As part of a post-doctoral award given by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, Dr. Hofmann is conducting research into the potential security threat posed by apocalyptical and millenarian groups (AMGs) that may be at risk of carrying our large-scale violent acts. The goal of the project is to develop a custom tool to quantitatively assess and systematically rank identified AMGs by levels of current and future threat.
Terrorist and Criminal Networks:
Dr. Hofmann is currently gathering sociometric data on several terrorist and criminal networks in order to conduct social network analyses related to questions surrounding how illicit and covert organizations structure themselves in order to protect important leaders and actors from outside interdiction by law enforcement and security agencies.
- University of Waterloo, Canada, Ph.D. in Sociology and Legal Studies, 2015
- Université de Montréal, Canada, M.Sc. in Criminology, 2011
- University of Western Ontario, Canada, B.A. in History (with Honours), 2007
- Post-Doctoral Terrorism Research Award ($5000) – The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, 2015-2016
- Research Fellowship ($4,000) – The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, 2014
- Research Honorarium ($2,500) – The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS), 2013
- James E. Curtis Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) – University of Waterloo, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, 2013
- Graduate Research Studentship ($5,000) – University of Waterloo, Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, 2012
- University of New Brunswick, Assistant Professor of Sociology, 2016 – present
- Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology, Founding Editor & Editor-in-chief, 2011 – present
- SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminology, 2015 – 2016
- The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism Security and Society (TSAS), Senior Research Affiliate, 2015 – present
- The Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism Security and Society (TSAS), Junior Research Affliate, 2012 – 2015
- Public Safety Canada / Kanishka Project, Research Affiliate, 2013 – 2015
- START, Research Fellow, 2014
- The Terrorism Research Initiative, Research Assistant – Dr. Alex Schmid, 2012
- University of Waterloo, Canada, Research Assistant – Dr. Lorne Dawson, 2012