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For background and interviews about counterterrorism, terrorist behavior, violence, international and domestic extremism, and homeland security.

  1. Tricia Bacon, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She earned her PhD in International Relations at Georgetown University. Prior to her employment at American University, Dr. Bacon worked on counterterror… More

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    (202) 885-6556

  2. Brad Bartholomew, Professorial Lecturer

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Dr. Bartholomew received his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in 2012. His research focuses on issues related to the causes and consequences of terrorism and the impacts of state and local counterterrorism policy. In particular, his re… More

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    (202) 885-2367

  3. Joseph Young, Associate Professor and Department Chair, JLC

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Professor Young's interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and internation… More

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    (202) 885-2618

  4. Thomas Zeitzoff, Assistant Professor

    SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

    Dr. Thomas Zeitzoff is an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from New York University in 2013, and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. His research e… More

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Established in 1934, American University's School of Public Affairs (SPA) is top-ranked by US News and World Report, offering undergraduate, graduate and executive-level programs to build and enhance careers in public service. The school is located in the heart of Washington, DC with world-renowned faculty and transformational research, driving progress in policy, politics and public administration. SPA is ranked third in the U.S. and first in the DC area for public affairs research impact, and is the only school home to three Gaus Award recipients for a lifetime of exemplary contribution to political science and public administration.