In 2017, Dr. Damphousse became Chancellor of Arkansas State University. Prior to that, Damphousse served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and President's Associates Presidential Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma. He received his PhD in sociology 1994 from Texas A&M University. His teaching and research specialties include terrorism, drugs and crime, city level homicide studies, juvenile delinquency, statistics, and research methodology. He has directed several research projects, including the Oklahoma Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring project from 1998-2004. In this project, his staff collected data at the Oklahoma City and Tulsa jails, interviewing recent arrestees on a quarterly basis. He also conducted the first field evaluation of voice stress analysis programs for the National Institute of Justice. Dr. Damphousse began studying terrorism in 1994 when he began to work with Dr. Brent Smith at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He later assisted Dr. Smith in the creation of the American Terrorism Study and he currently serves as the Associate Director of the project. The team of Smith and Damphousse has published several research articles and book chapters about American terrorism. A major goal of the project was to create (and now expand) a database (the ATS data) of individuals charged for acts of terrorism by the federal government. In cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the study collects data from court documents for each criminal case. The data represent cases from 1980 to 2004 and is designed to continue indefinitely. While the data are primarily intended for use by terrorism scholars and prosecutors, the richness of the data make it useful for a wide range of people interested in terrorism. The project has been funded in the past by the National Institute of Justice and by the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.
Texas A&M University, Ph.D., 1994