Researcher and Project Manager, START
Rachel A. Gabriel is a Researcher and Project Manager for Strategic Multilayer Assessment and NSF INSPIRE projects at the University of Maryland’s National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Ms. Gabriel received her M.Sc. in International Relations and Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her B.A. in International Affairs and Philosophy from the George Washington University.
Her master’s dissertation ‘Transnational Contention and the Arab Uprisings: The Identity Politics of Counter-Revolution’ examined competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings. Her international affairs B.A. thesis explored the comparative effects of the provision of social services on the democratic participation of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and Hamas. Her philosophy B.A. thesis explored the situational elements of radicalization and recruitment that lead individuals to violent behaviors and ideologies. In addition to her research, Ms. Gabriel also works on other issues pertaining to conflict, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, radicalization/recruitment and Middle East affairs.
Prior to pursuing her master’s degree, Ms. Gabriel worked as a Research Assistant for Boeing Government Operations in Arlington, V.A.