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