Samuel D. Henkin

Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) Researcher, START
University of Maryland

Samuel Henkin’s approach to the study of political violence, instability, and conflict is the result of his own geographic education which focused on a rigorous survey of critical theory and methodological multiplicity at the leading-edge of geographic inquiry. As a political geographer, his current and past research is broadly concerned with how political violence and instability are exercised strategically to accomplish certain spatial, social, and political ends. Specific research interests include spatial relations of violence in everyday life, the intersections of political geography and security, and political violence in Southeast Asia. In sum, he is committed to an innovative research agenda that draws on varied theoretical frameworks and empirical methodologies that brings a holistic understanding to the study of political violence and the continuum it forms.



Summer/Winter Courses – START offers fully online summer and winter courses each year, which are open to any current degree seeking student or non-degree seeking individual.

Global Terrorism Studies Minor – This University of Maryland undergraduate program is designed to train the next generation of terrorism analysts, including students who plan to pursue graduate study related to terrorism as well as employment in the federal, state, local, non-profit, and/or private sectors.

Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis – This online graduate program provides participants with advanced education on the causes, dynamics and impacts of international and domestic terrorism.

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Security and Terrorism Studies – This online graduate program prepares students to examine the complex social, political, economic, and psychological underpinnings of terrorist and other asymmetric security threats.


  • University of Kansas, Ph.D., Geography
  • Kent State University, M.A., Geography
  • Miami University of Ohio, B.A., Political Science

Selected Publications

Climate Change and Security (Research Brief)