GTD Program Manager, START
Erin Miller manages the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) at START headquarters at the University of Maryland. Miller earned a BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2005, and a PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 2015. Her research investigates patterns of decline among terrorist organizations and movements worldwide using innovative statistical analysis of data from the GTD. She has taught statistics courses at the University of Maryland and has delivered invited lectures on the GTD and the implications of research methodology for terrorism research. Her research interests include data collection, research methods, statistical methodology, retaliatory violence, desistance from violence, terrorism and theory and policy evaluation.
Miller has been a part of the GTD team since 2004. Her role has included improving the consistency of the data, adding key variables to the database, developing efficient and effective data collection strategies, training new staff, and producing accessible analysis that provides context for current events in terrorism and counterterrorism. In her capacity as GTD program manager she frequently consults with end-users of the database, including researchers, policy makers, journalists, and students. Miller was a co-principal investigator on the Statistical Annex Data Collection and Analysis for the U.S. State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism. She has served as principal investigator or key personnel on a number of START research projects related to the GTD, including the Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States (TEVUS) platform, the Profiles of Perpetrators of Terrorism in the United States (PPT-US) database, and the Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks.
- University of Maryland, Ph.D., Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2015
- University of Maryland, M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2005
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Sociology, 2002
- University of Maryland, Global Terrorism Database Manager, 2009-present