Gary LaFree

Gary is professor of criminology and criminal justice and director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. Through his extensive research, he aims to deepen the understanding of longitudinal and spatial patterns of crime and political violence. His topics of interest include terrorism trends and networks, counterterrorism, domestic preparedness, radicalization, extremism in the U.S. and global security, among other topics.  He is coauthor, with Erin Miller and Laura Dugan, of a forthcoming book, Putting Terrorism in Context: Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Comprehensive Terrorism Database (Routledge.  Expected publication date: 2012).

While at the University of Maryland, he has been a founding member of the Democracy Collaborative and an invited member of the National Consortium of Violence Research. Before joining the faculty at Maryland, Gary served as the Chair of the Sociology and Criminology Department at the University of New Mexico for six years and as the Director of the New Mexico Criminal Justice Statistics Analysis Center for thirteen years. He was appointed by the Governor of New Mexico to chair the State Crime and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council—a position that he filled for four years. He also received the G. Paul Sylvestre Award for outstanding achievements in advancing criminal justice statistics in 1994, and the Phillip Hoke Award for excellence in applied research in 1994 and 1998, from the Justice Research Statistics Association.

Gary has written more than 60 articles and book chapters and three books and is currently on the editorial boards of seven journals.

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