Laura Dugan

Laura Dugan is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. She is the co-principal investigator for the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and the Government Actions in Terrorist Environments (GATE) dataset. She has a BFA in Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon, a MS in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon, and a PhD in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon.

Professor Dugan has published extensively on issues such as the causes and consequences of violence, victimization, terrorism, quantitative advances in methodology, gender and crime, public policy, and violence prevention.

Representative Publications

“Moving Beyond Deterrence: The Effectiveness of Raising the Expected Utility of Abstaining from Terrorism in Israel,” Laura Dugan and Erica Chenoweth, American Sociological Review 77: 597-624, August 2012

“Understanding Women’s Pathways to Jail: A Life History Analysis of the Lives of Incarcerated Women,” Sally S. Simpson, Jennifer L. Yahner, and Laura Dugan, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 41: 84-108, 2008.

“Survival of the Fittest: Why Terrorist Groups Endure,” Joseph K. Young and Laura Dugan

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