Department Chair, START Director
Professor of the Practice, University of Maryland
Editorial Board, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague
Research Advisory Board, RESOLVE Network
Independent Advisory Committee (IAC), Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)
International Advisory Board, Hedayah Center
William Braniff is the Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and a Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland. He previously served as the director of practitioner education at West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) and an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences. Braniff is a graduate of the United States Military Academy. Following his Company Command in the U.S. Army, Braniff attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he received a master’s degree in international relations. Braniff then served as a foreign affairs specialist for the National Nuclear Security Agency. He lectures frequently for counterterrorism audiences including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Special Operations University, National Defense University, the Foreign Service Institute, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Diplomatic Security Service Antiterrorism Assistance Program, the United States Attorneys’ Office and for DHS Homeland Security Investigators. Braniff has also taken a keen interest in the field of countering violent extremism (CVE), and his input has been sought out by the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the FBI and the National Security Staff, and the National Counterterrorism Center. He spoke at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism in February 2015. Braniff has testified before Congress on four occasions, and appears regularly in national and international news media. His research focuses on domestic and international terrorism, counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE). He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism-The Hague (ICCT), the RESOLVE Network Research Advisory Board, the Prosecution Project Advisory Board, and the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) Independent Advisory Committee (IAC). Braniff is a founding board member of We the Veterans, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization harnessing the strength of veterans and military families to support the pillars of American democracy.
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.
- Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, M.A., International Relations, 2006
- United States Military Academy, B.S., 1999
- Superior Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army, 2012
- Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, 2018-Present
- Executive Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, 2012-2018
- Director of Practitioner Education, United States Military Academy at West Point, Combating Terrorism Center (CTC), 2007-2012
- Foreign Affairs Specialist, National Nuclear Security Agency, Department of Energy, 2006-2007
- Armor Company Commander, Armor Battalion Scout Platoon Leader, Armor Company Executive Officer, Armor Company Platoon Leader, United States Army, 1999-2004