Dr. Laura Dugan is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. Her research examines the predictors and consequences of terrorist violence and the efficacy of violence prevention/intervention policy and practice. She also designs methodological strategies to overcome data limitations inherent in the social sciences. Dr. Dugan is a founding co-principal investigator for the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and co-principal investigator of the Government Actions in Terrorist Environments (GATE) dataset. Dugan holds a doctorate in Public Policy and Management and a Masters in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. She has coauthored Putting Terrorism into Context: Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Comprehensive Terrorism Database, along with more than sixty journal articles and book chapters.