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Joseph Young

Associate Professor
Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

  • Professor Young's interests relate to the cross-national causes and consequences of terrorism. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies. He has been invited to speak to organizations in the defense community and has consulted on a Department of Defense initiative focusing on countering violent extremism. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights and for the Paradigm Publishers International Studies Intensives Book Series. The National Science Foundation and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) have funded his research.
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    Ph.D.
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Teaching

  • Spring 2014

  • Fall 2014

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

Invited Presentations

“American National Security: the Threat of Terrorism”, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, April 2012.

“Violence and the Rule of Law,” Washington College of Law, American University, February 2012.

  Conference Presentations

"How Conflict Ends,” Roundtable discussion, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2012.

“Weapon of the Weak? The Effects of State Capacity on Terrorism,” (with Cullen Hendrix) Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2012.    • “Tyrants and Terrorism:Why some Autocrats are Terrorized while Others are Not,” (with Justin Conrad and Courtenay Conrad) International Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, Mar. 2012.

“Comparing Role-Specific Terrorist Profiles,” (with Paul Gill) American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC Nov. 2011.

Selected Publications

Mike Findley, Jim Piazza, and Joseph K. Young. 2012. “Games Rivals Play: Interstate Rivalry and Transnational Terrorism,” Journal of Politics 74(1): 235-248.

Christopher W. Mullins and Joseph K. Young. 2012. “Cultures of Violence and Acts of Terror: Applying a Legitimation-Habituation Model to Terrorism,” Crime & Delinquency 58(1): 28-56.   

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Area of Expertise: Terrorism and political violence

Additional Information: Joseph Young's
primary research interest is the cross-national causes and consequences of terrorism. His recent research explores the relationship between regime type and the propensity of a state to be the target of terrorism.  Additionally, his research explores how state responses encourage or discourage future terrorism.  Dr. Young has published a dozen peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies. He has been invited to speak to organizations in the defense community and has consulted on a Department of Defense initiative focusing on countering violent extremism. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Rights and for the Paradigm Publishers International Studies Intensives Book Series.  The National Science Foundation and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism have funded his research.

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