Victor Asal

Victor is Director of the Center for Policy Research and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Albany.  He is director of the Homeland Security Certificate and MPA Concentration in the Department of Public Administration and Policy. He received his PhD in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He is also, along with R. Karl Rethemeyer,  the co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict.  Victor is affiliated with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.  Victor’s research focuses on the choice of violence by nonstate organizational actors as well as the causes of political discrimination by states against different types of groups including, ethnic minorities, sexual minorities and women. In addition, he has done research on the impact of nuclear proliferation  on crisis behavior and on the pedagogy of simulations.  He has been involved in research projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, The Department of Homeland Security, The National Science Foundation, and  The Office of Naval Research.

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