Gary LaFree

Gary LaFree is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. From 2005-2006, Professor LaFree served as the President of the American Society of Criminology. He received his BA, MA, and PhD from Indiana University. 

Professor LaFree’s research attempts to answer questions about the motivations behind terrorism and the most effective counterterrorism strategies. He has also written about the situations in which terrorism occurs and how different actors interact with it.

Representative Publications

“Terrorist and Non-Terrorist Criminal Activities by Radical Environmental and Animal Rights Groups in the United States, 1970-2007,” Jennifer Varriale Carson, Gary LaFree, and Laura Dugan, Terrorism and Political Violence 24: 295-319, 2012

“The Interplay between Terrorism, Nonstate Actors, and Weapons of Mass Destruction” Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan, and Derrick Franke; International Studies Review p155

“A Situation Model for Distinguishing Terrorist and Non-Terrorist Aerial Hijackings, 1948-2007,” Susan Fahey, Gary LaFree, Laura Dugan, and Alex Piquero, Justice Quarterly, forthcoming, 2012.

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