Laura Dugan

Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland

Areas of Expertise

  • Efficacy of violence
  • Terrorism
  • Prevention policy
  • Intervention practice
  • Victimization
  • Gender and crime
  • Public policy

Key Findings

  • Operation Motorman (a military surge of over 30,000 troops) showed evidence of a deterrent effect. MORE
  • Repressing civilians strengthens the terrorist movement, while supporting them could deplete it. MORE


Laura Dugan, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, is an expert in terrorism, prevention policy and intervention practice.

Dugan served as a professor at Georgia State University and a consultant for the National Counterterrorism Center, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Centers for Disease Control. She currently serves as a co-principal investigator for the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and the Government Actions in Terrorist Environments (GATE) dataset. She is the chair of the American Society of Criminology’s National Policy Committee and serves as the executive counselor on its board. She received the Best Paper Award from the Intelligence and Security Informatics IEEE in 2006.

Dugan has published more than 50 articles in journals including the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, the American Sociological Review and Putting Terrorism into Context: Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Comprehensive Terrorism Database.

She received her Ph.D. in public policy and management, M.S. in statistics and M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her B.F.A. in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Follow Laura on Twitter: @LDuganResearch