Welcome from our Head Faculty and Program Directors
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By enrolling in our MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies program, you are guaranteed guidance from some of the top experts in the fields of intelligence analysis, national security and terrorism studies. You will learn from distinguished professionals with a comprehensive understanding of global security and terrorism, prepared to equip you with the same critical analysis tools that inspired their successful careers and global impact. Our small class sizes enable you the full attention you need to master your coursework and absorb as much knowledge as possible. Feel free to explore the experts on our faculty and staff below, and please reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
Meet the Faculty
Markus Binder joined START in August 2013 as a project manager and senior researcher specializing in terrorism involving chemical and biological agents. Prior to joining START, he was an independent consultant providing expertise in the areas of WMD nonproliferation, chemical and biological terrorism, and the spread of MANPADS. He is scheduled to teach BSST644: Counterproliferation Spring 2023.
Dr. Marcus Boyd is the Director of Graduate Studies and the Director of the Geospatial Research Unit (GRU), where he oversees research relating to terrorism, illicit finance, and GIScience. His research has been funded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, and others. Dr. Boyd has taught BSST633: Research Methods and BSST640: Theories of Security and Terrorism Studies in the past semesters. He is scheduled to teach BSST640 Fall 2022. Watch a lecture from Dr. Boyd here.
Sara Winegar Budge – Program Director, ExitUSA
Dr. Sara Winegar Budge is the Program Director of ExitUSA, a CVE program that helps individuals leave violent far right movements, and NTT faculty at Western Oregon University. Her research interests include attitudes and behaviors associated with violent extremism, effective secondary and tertiary intervention techniques, and the intersection between psychopathology and ideological violence. Dr. Winegar Budge has worked in community mental health, university counseling, and private practice settings with a diverse array of clients and clinical challenges. She has taught BSST630: Motivations and Intents of Terrorists and Terrorist Groups in the past semesters and is also scheduled to teach it in Fall 2022.
Dr. Jeffrey Davis is the Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research focuses on human rights justice and international law. He is scheduled to teach BSST634: Legal and Criminal Approaches to Counterterrorism in Fall 2022.
Dr. Michael Egnoto is a clinical informaticist at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. His research deals with risk and crisis communication in digital environments by focusing on communication in social environments. He has taught BSST645: Non-state Actors Threats and Responses in the past semesters and is scheduled to teach BSST631: Social Impacts and Response to Terrorism in Fall 2022.
Dr. Brook Hefright is an assistant research scientist with the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS). He has extensive expertise in the areas of language and society in China; sociolinguistics; linguistic anthropology; language contact; documentation, description, and revitalization of endangered and minority languages. International affairs professional with experience managing humanitarian diplomacy and assistance programs and representing the United States in China, Russia, and the former Soviet Union, and Europe. He is a trained translator and proficient in Chinese, Russian, and German. He is scheduled to teach BSST641: U.S. Security Infrastructure in Spring 2023.
Dr. Samuel D. Henkin is a researcher on the Geospatial Research Unit (GRU) at START. His 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. Specific research interests include spatial relations of violence in everyday life, the intersections of political geography and security, and political violence in Southeast Asia. He has taught BSST635: Countering Violent Extremism: Policy and Practice in the past semesters. He is scheduled to teach BSST635 in Fall 2022.
Candace Moix – Analyst, Krebs Stamos Group
Candace Moix is a Seniior Threat Intel Analyst at Recorded Future. She formerly worked as an Analyst at Krebs Stamos Group, a Digital Network Exploitation Analyst for the Department of Defense, and researched extremism at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation. Candace specializes in studying interdisciplinary cyberspace problems and prioritizing analytic rigor in social science research. She holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Terrorism, Security, and Society from Kings' College London's War Studies Department, and an MS in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa's CyberCorps program, an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. She is scheduled to teach BSST642: Analytic Methods in Fall 2022.
Dr. Amy Pate is the Executive Director and Research Director at START. A political scientist specializing in international relations and comparative politics, Pate has worked with START since the center was founded, first through her work on the Minorities at Risk Project and as a START researcher, prior to becoming research director. Pate is trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods, has conducted fieldwork in conflict zones in Africa, and has extensive experience working with researchers in developing countries. She has taught BSST335: Innovations in Countering Violent Extremism in the past semesters. She is scheduled to teach BSST335 in Fall 2022.
Maggie Smith – Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy, West Point
Dr. Maggie Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Researcher assigned to the Army Cyber Institute at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Her current research includes disinformation and operations in the information environment within the context of great power competition. She has taught BSST643: Great Powers & Near-Peer Competition in the past semesters. She is scheduled to teach BSST643 in Fall 2022.
Meet the Staff
Eva Coll is the Experiential Education Specialist at START, managing and overseeing START’s internship program. In this role she collaborates regularly with Center researchers and intern supervisors, supervises and provides professional mentorship for approximately 75 student interns each academic term, and is responsible for the marketing/recruiting for the internship program.
Erin Copland is the Outreach and Transition Specialist and Acting Communications Manager at START, supporting the Media and Communications team in publicizing START's research, brand and mission. In doing so, she contributes content to START's social media and monthly newsletter, and runs START's virtual events series.
Liberty Day is the Program Director for Education and Training at START, where she oversees the administration of educational programs including the Global Terrorism Studies Minor, the internship program, the MPS in Security and Terrorism Studies, and the Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis.