I am an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Professional Security Studies at New Jersey City University. My research agenda improves our understanding of why and how non-state actors select and utilize tactics of political violence, primarily terrorism, to accomplish their objectives. Consequently, I analyze how dissident and government behaviors interact to create dynamic conflict processes including shifts in opposition tactics and conflict escalation. I earned my PhD in Political Science from Binghamton University specializing in International Relations, American Politics and Research Methodology.
In a piece in the Washington Post, I explain how the combination of changes in resource streams in ‘the caliphate’ and French domestic politics helps us understand why ISIS attacked Paris on November 13th, 2015.