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Michigan State University

Terrorism: Background

MSU School of Criminal Justice

Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Terrorism


Since the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, there has been an incredible amount of scholarly attention to the study of homeland security, intelligence and terrorism. This research has focused on better understanding the causes of terrorism, evaluating how the system responds to terrorists and the effectiveness of various intervention efforts, and assessing the impact of terrorist events. Research has targeted both transnational and domestic acts of terrorism.

Past and current studies in the School of Criminal Justice include efforts to understand the characteristics of domestic terrorists, evaluate the characteristics of lone wolf terrorists, assess terrorist group usage of the Internet and social media to recruit and radicalize members, and develop an understanding of intelligence practices of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies.

School of Criminal Justice personnel specializing in research on homeland security, intelligence, and terrorism include:

Dr. David L. Carter

Dr. Steve Chermak

Dr. Tom Holt

Dr. Phillip D. Schertzing

Dr. Jeremy Wilson

Criminal Justice Librarian

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Carin Graves
Michigan State University