The Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism is happy to announce that Dr. Katharine Petrich will assume the role of interim CTEC Director.
She is an established expert on transnational violent extremism and terrorism threats, violent criminal networks, and insurgency. She regularly publishes on terrorism-related topics such as al-Shabaab’s criminal activities in Kenya, strategic organizational decision-making among non-state armed groups in Colombia, and researcher ethics in complex field sites. Dr. Petrich previously worked for the Department of Justice, has consulted for private sector entities and government agencies, including the Department of State and Homeland Security, and presented at the United Nations.
Dr. Petrich holds a PhD in Political Science from Northeastern University and specializes in research on terrorism, crime, and insurgency. She is an Assistant Professor in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies department at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. At the Institute, she teaches courses on Terrorism, Corruption, Political Violence in Latin America, Transnational Crime and Terrorism, and Terrorism Finance.
With funding from Logically, the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) will create a major new social media data resource to better understand how extremists organize, form narratives, and advance disinformation in the radicalization process.
The gift will support staff positions and senior research scholars, giving CTEC the flexibility to recruit and retain an exceptional team, and positioning the center to identify and address threats to national security.
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