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UTSA College of Public Policy hosts terrorism expert Laura Dugan Feb. 4

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(Jan. 31, 2014) -- The UTSA College of Public Policy will present a lecture by terrorism expert Laura Dugan at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the Buena Vista Street Building Meeting Assembly Room (1.338) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Her lecture, "A Broader Understanding to Countering Terrorism," is free and open to the public."

"For the last decade and a half, the global community has been especially preoccupied with finding new ways to understand and counter terrorism," said Richard Hartley, chair of the UTSA Department of Criminal Justice. "Laura Dugan has many years of experience researching international and domestic terrorist acts and government responses to them. Her expertise in countering terrorism more than speaks for itself."

Dugan is an associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. She is an investigator and research affiliate of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (START). Her research areas include terrorism and society, violent groups and movements, crime and terrorism, counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism.

At START, Dugan is researching a series of topics such as terrorism in the United States, social, behavioral, cultural and economic impacts of terrorist activity, and terrorist attacks on the homeland.

She also serves as co-principal investigator for the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and the Government Actions in Terrorist Environments (GATE) dataset. The GTD is comprised of a comprehensive list of known terrorist incidents around the globe recorded since 1970. The GATE dataset records government actions related to terrorist activities since 1987 for a select set of countries from around the world.

Dugan has written or co-written more than 50 scholarly articles and book chapters on the subject of terrorism and terrorist acts. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminology, American Sociological Review, Law and Society Review, and Terrorism and Political Violence.

Dugan received her Ph.D. in public policy and management, her Master of Science in Public Policy and Management degree, and her Master of Science in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pa. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, Pa.

The UTSA College of Public Policy Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series features scholars and policy analysts on a variety of major issues that affect the community, the nation and the world.

Free parking is available in lot D-3 beneath Interstate 35. A public reception will immediately follow the lecture.

For more information about the lecture or to reserve a seat, contact Erin Jines at erin.jines@utsa.edu or 210-458-3213. A webcast of the lecture will be available on NowCastSA.com.

 

 

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