Fellows

Dr. William Delone

Dr. William Delone is a Professor Emeritus of Information Technology (IT) at the Kogod School of Business at American University and Co-Founder of the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center.

Dr. William Delone is a Professor Emeritus of Information Technology at the Kogod School of Business at American University and Co-Founder of the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center. William served as Kogod’s Acting Dean, Senior Associate Dean, Dean of Graduate Programs and Chair of the of Information Technology Department. He was Chair of American University’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Executive Director of Center for Teaching, Research and Learning.  

William's research includes the assessment of information systems' effectiveness and digital governance.

William earned a B. S. in mathematics from Villanova University; an M. S. in industrial administration from Carnegie-Mellon University; and a Ph.D. in Computers and Information Systems from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Dr. Sonya Grier

Dr. Sonya Grier is a the Chair of the Marketing Department at the Kogod School of Business at American University.  Her research focuses on race, diversity, and market dynamics across many disciplines and sectors.

Dr. Sonya Grier is a the Chair of the Marketing Department at the Kogod School of Business at American University.  Her research focuses on race, diversity, and market dynamics across many disciplines and sectors.

Dr. Grier holds a Ph.D. and M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  She has extensive international experience through her visiting scholar appointments in France, Australia, Cuba, and South Africa.

In addition to her work at CUE she works with the Center on Health, Risk and Society, the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, and the Metropolitan Studies Center at American University.


Dr. Jermain Griffin

Dr. Griffin studies higher education internationalization in the U.S. and abroad. His research focuses on the internationalization of higher education in the U.S. and Mexico. 

Dr. Griffin studies higher education internationalization in the U.S. and abroad. His research focuses on the internationalization of higher education in the U.S. and Mexico. 

He has worked as a research consultant with the American Council on Education's Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (CIGE)and recently published a piece examining higher education collaborations within the northern region of Central America.

He is a 2017 PhD graduate from Colorado State University and the former associate director of the International Studies Program at Fairfield University.  In addition, he is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (El Salvador 2005-2007) and aid worker with Mercy Corps in Sudan.


Oren Segal

Mr. Segal is the Vice President of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism. The Center provides resources, expertise, and training to law enforcement, public officials, and internet and technology companies.

Mr. Segal is the Vice President of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism.  As a foremost authority on extremism the Center provides resources, expertise, and training to law enforcement, public officials, and internet and technology companies to identify and counter emerging threats.

In his 22 years with ADL, Segal has evaluated extremist activity and tactics across the ideological spectrum, training law enforcement officers and publishing reports and articles on a wide range of extremist topics.  In 2006, he was awarded by the FBI for his exceptional service in the public interest.

Dr. Seth Gershenson

Seth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Dr. Gershenson teaches Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, and Economics for Policy Analysis to MPA and MPP students. 

Seth Gershenson holds a PhD from Michigan State University in Economics with a primary focus on education policy. While at Michigan State, he taught several courses and received an Outstanding Teaching award. Professor Gershenson has also been honored with the New Scholar Award by the American Education Finance Association. His approach to teaching and scholarship is to apply economic approaches to practical, policy-driven questions in public education, specifically teacher behavior. Professor Gershenson teaches Quantitative Methods, Managerial Economics, and Economics for Policy Analysis to MPA and MPP students.

Dr. Teresa Flannery

Dr. Terry Flannery is a collaborative, strategic, and innovative higher-ed leader with 35 years of experience in advancement, student affairs, and admissions/enrollment management.

Teresa (Terry) Flannery is a strategic, innovative and collaborative higher education leader with 35 years of experience in a wide range of functions, including advancement, admissions and enrollment management, and student affairs. She has worked at large, medium, and small institutions, both public and private.

Flannery served as Vice President for Communication and a member of the executive team at American University for 11 years. Prior to her role at American, she served at the University of Maryland in a number of roles, including 11 as its first chief marketing and communications officer.  Flannery has been a fellow in the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership and is Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of CASE, one of the largest global education associations in the world.

Flannery holds a BA in English (American Literature) and a Master’s and PhD in Education (College Student Personnel), all from the University of Maryland.


Dr. Daniel Koehler

Dr. Daniel Koehler is a Fellow and Senior Consultant for Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and de-radicalization training in PERIL. He focuses on terrorism, radicalization, and deradicalization processes.

Daniel Koehler is a Fellow and Senior Consultant for Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and de-radicalization training in PERIL. His work focuses on terrorism (right-wing and jihadist), radicalization and deradicalization processes. Daniel is the co-founder of the first peer reviewed open access journal on deradicalization (Journal for Deradicalization), which he created together with the German Institute on Radicalization and De-Radicalization Studies (GIRDS) in 2014.

Daniel has worked extensively as deradicalization mentor and expert counsellor for governments and programs around the world. Between June 2015 and July 2019, he was a Fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. In 2016 he was appointed to be the first court expert on deradicalization in the United States of America at the District Court in Minneapolis. In July 2017 Daniel became a member of the Editorial Board of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in The Hague.

His most recent monographs include "Understanding Deradicalization: Methods, Tools and Programs for Countering Violent Extremism" (Routledge, 2016) and " Right-Wing Terrorism in the 21st Century. The National Socialist Underground and the History of Terror from the Far-Right in Germany." (Routledge, 2016).

Daniel studied religion, political sciences and economics at Princeton University and Free University Berlin. He holds a PhD in social sciences, a Master's degree in peace and security studies (M.P.S.) and a Magister Artium degree in comparative religion, political science and economics. Twitter | Facebook


Dr. Kurt Braddock

Kurt is an Assistant Professor of Public Communication in the School of Communication at AU. Dr. Braddock's research focuses on communication-related phenomena surrounding the use of terrorism. 

Dr. Kurt Braddock is an Assistant Professor of Public Communication in the School of Communication at American University. Dr. Braddock's research focuses on communication-related phenomena surrounding the use of terrorism, including communicative and psychological dynamics involved in radicalization processes. He also investigates how communication theories can be applied to challenge terrorist propaganda and other recruitment efforts. Dr. Braddock's work has been published in several security and communication outlets, including Communication Monographs, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. He is also the author of Weaponized Words: The Strategic Role of Persuasion in Violent Radicalization and Counter-Radicalization, published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. Dr. Braddock has consulted several national and international organizations on issues related to persuasion, violent radicalization, and terrorism, including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, the British Government, the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, and others.

Dr. Dave Marcotte

Dr. Marcotte is a Professor in the Deptartment of Public Administration and Policy and Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research. His research focuses on education. 

Dave E. Marcotte is Professor in the Deptartment of Public Administration and Policy and Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research. His recent research focuses on determinants of achievement in K-12 education; the importance of cost on attainment in higher education; and interventions to improve attainment in STEM education.

Dr. Stephen Tankel 

Stephen Tankel is an associate professor at American University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His research focuses on terrorism and counterterrorism, security assistance and cooperation, the use of force, and political and security affairs in South Asia.  

Stephen Tankel is an associate professor at American University and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His research focuses on terrorism and counterterrorism, security assistance and cooperation, the use of force, and political and security affairs in South Asia. Dr. Tankel frequently advises U.S. policymakers and members of the Intelligence Community on these issues. He has conducted field research in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the Balkans. Dr. Tankel has served as a Senior Fellow on the majority staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Defense. He is the author of numerous works, including With Us and Against Us: How America’s Partners Help and Hinder the War on Terror, and Storming the World Stage: The Story of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Dr. Tankel is also a senior editor at War on the Rocks, associate editor of the Texas National Security Review, and on the editorial boards of Terrorism and Political Violence, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. He received a BS from Cornell University, MSc from the London School of Economics, and PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.

 

 

Graduate Student Fellows

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Chelsea Daymon

Chelsea Daymon is a researcher and pursuing a PhD in Justice, Law & Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She is an Associate Fellow at the Global Network on Extremism & Technology and the Executive Producer of The Loopcast, a podcast on national security and information security. 

Chelsea Daymon is a researcher and pursuing a PhD in Justice, Law & Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She is an Associate Fellow at the Global Network on Extremism & Technology and the Executive Producer of The Loopcast, a podcast on national security and information security. From 2016-2018 she was a Presidential Fellow in the Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative at Georgia State University, where she worked on violent extremist groups' use of online platforms, propaganda, and youth involvement in extremist organizations. She holds an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA and honorary MA in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University, UK. Her research interests include Islamic movements, terrorism, terror and extremist groups’ use of the Internet, extremist communities online, foreign fighters, and radicalization.

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Jessica Horst

Jessica Horst is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. She serves as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for University Excellence. 

Jessica Horst is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. After completing her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 2014 and her Master's degree from the University of Washington in 2016, Jess worked as a policy analyst for the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. In addition to work in the early learning and child welfare policy fields, she has dedicated several years to college access programs, working with low-income, first-generation college students who are aiming to get into and be successful at college. As a doctoral student, she is interested in the continuum of education policy issues, from early learning through higher education, especially as they relate to equity and access.

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Bethany Leap

Bethany Leap is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Justice, Law, and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her research interests are focused on terrorism, extremist groups, and the role of online spaces in the radicalization process. 

Her research experience includes serving as a graduate assistant under Dr. Joseph Young in the School of Public Affairs. She previously served as a project data scientist at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, studying the role that Twitter played on the radicalization of ISIS supporters in the months leading up to the 2015 Paris attacks and the 2017 Battle of Marawi. In addition to her work as a data scientist, she received a grant to conduct original research on the success of insurgencies during civil wars. This research was presented at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)’s annual conference in April 2019.

Prior to enrolling at American, Bethany received her bachelor’s degree in Global Studies from Gardner-Webb University in May 2019.