Spring 2016 Courses

Share Button

Here is a list of the undergraduate and graduate courses in terrorism and security studies offered at UMass Lowell in the Spring 2016 semester.


  • CRIM1150.201: Introduction to Homeland Security (J. Yurcak) – Mon/Wed/Fri 8-8:50am
  • CRIM1150.202: Introduction to Homeland Security (J. Yurcak) – Mon/Wed/Fri 9-9:50am
  • CRIM2130.201: Emergency Management (G. Gordon) – Mon/Wed 2-3:15pm
  • CRIM2130.202: Emergency Management (G. Gordon) – Mon/Wed 3:30-4:45pm
  • CRIM2480.201: Terrorism (International and Domestic) (J. Dmello) – Tues/Thurs 3:30-4:45pm
  • CRIM2480.202: Terrorism (International and Domestic) (O. Zmiri) – Mon/Wed/Fri 12:00-12:50pm
  • CRIM2480.301: Terrorism (International and Domestic) (J. Day) – Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:15pm
  • CRIM3120.201: Security Management (M. Beaudry) – Mon/Wed/Fri 8-8:50am

Continue reading

DHS Summer Internship Opportunity

Share Button

DHS Summer Internship Opportunity for STEM majors
Application deadline is December 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM Disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas. The ultimate goal of the program is to engage a diverse, educated and skilled pool of scientists and engineers in HS-STEM areas and to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS and research facilities to enhance the HS-STEM workforce.

More information is provided online at:


CTSS Internship Applications Due Dec. 1

Share Button

Now Accepting Applications for Student Interns

Application deadline is December 1, 2015.

UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) conducts scholarly research on all aspects of terrorism, political violence and issues of domestic and international security. The Center’s work is multidisciplinary, drawing on many perspectives, research methodologies, and analytic frameworks in order to better understand the causes and consequences of new and emerging security challenges.

CTSS is seeking highly motivated students for the academic semester Spring 2016. Successful candidates will work on one of two research projects aimed at understanding the activities engaged in by members of terrorist groups. Students may identify specific interests in their applications, but this will not ensure final placement as project needs are subject to change.

Positions are unpaid. Academic credit (3 credits) is available with approval from your academic adviser and upon completion of additional requirements (see below).
Application Procedures

Continue reading

CTSS hosts reception at International Security Studies conference

Share Button

Here are some photos taken at the CTSS-sponsored reception on October 9, 2015 at the annual conference of the International Security Studies Section of ISA and the International Security and Arms Control division of APSA. Quite a strong turnout, well over a hundred people. Thanks to everyone for their support!



Continue reading

Investigative Interviewing by Mick Williams

Share Button

Click here to read Investigative Interviewing for the Purposes of Gathering Intelligence, a recent special issue of the journal Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice, dedicated solely to Investigative Interviewing/HUMINT, that co-edited by Mick Williams, CTSS Research Associate and Post-Doctoral Fellow.

Swansea University Student Group visits CTSS

Share Button

From late August to mid-September, David Mair led a group of students from the University of Swansea (UK) on a 4-week visit to the CTSS to study online terrorist radicalization.


Here are some photos from their visit. Reports produced as a result of this research will be made available online soon.

Continue reading

HazMat Routing article by Gary Gordon

Share Button

Click here to read HAZMAT ROUTING: SAFETY AND SECURITY CHALLENGES, a recent conference paper by Gary Gordon, CTSS Research Associate and Adjunct Instructor


Search for a new CTSS Director

Share Button

UMass Lowell has recently posted online a job ad (copied below) to hire a Professor (or Associate Professor) and Director of our Center for Terrorism and Security Studies.

Continue reading

PT Special Issue on the Islamic State

Share Button

The Center’s internationally peer-reviewed scholarly journal has published a special issue on the Islamic State.

Now in its ninth year, Perspectives on Terrorism has over 5,200 regular subscribers and many more occasional readers and visitors worldwide. The Articles of its six annual issues are fully peer-reviewed by external referees while its Policy Briefs and other content are subject to internal editorial quality control.

This special double issue is devoted entirely to the so-called Islamic State (IS), presenting 14 research articles on various aspects of the organization, in addition to an extensive, specially compiled bibliography on IS. The articles are products of a conference on IS held in Oslo on 11-12 June 2015. The conference was organized by the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and it brought together leading specialists on IS, jihadism, and civil war along with senior policymakers and government analysts from several countries.

Continue reading

West Point Student Conference on Terrorism

Share Button

Call for Papers: The 4th Cadet/Student Conference on Terrorism, Insurgency, & Asymmetric Conflicts | Combating Terrorism Center at West Point


August 13, 2015

The Combating Terrorism Center’s (CTC) fourth cadet/student conference on Terrorism, Insurgency, and Asymmetric Conflicts will be held at West Point, New York, on April 5-6, 2016. The conference provides a high-level forum for undergraduate and graduate students to present research focusing on the characteristics, causes, and implications of terrorism and insurgency, as well as on broader issues related to asymmetric conflicts. The audience and discussants will consist of CTC/West Point faculty and prominent experts in the field.

The CTC will cover travel and lodging costs. In addition, selected high quality papers will be considered for publication as part of a special report of the CTC.

Students interested in participating in the conference are invited to submit formal proposals via email to Dr. Arie Perliger at arie.perliger@usma.edu

A proposal should include the paper title, abstract or tentative manuscript, and brief biographical information.