Deputy Director, Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism

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Kris McGuffie is a researcher of extremism, preventing and countering violent extremism, and extremist reintegration. Her current work focuses on violent and radicalizing discourse in online spaces, nefarious use of emerging technologies, and targeted community-based interventions that prevent the spread of extremist violence and ideologies. She received an MA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies and a BA from Middlebury College.

Research Centers


“The Radicalization Risks Posed by GPT-3 and Advanced Neural Language Models” (with Alex Newhouse), Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism, September 9, 2020.

“The Industrialization of Terrorist Propaganda” (with Alex Newhouse and Jason Blazakis), Release Strategies and the Social Impacts of Language Models, October 2019.

“Saving face: Law enforcement must recognize pitfalls of facial recognition technology” (with Alex Newhouse), The Hill, July 18, 2019.

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