Professor Joshua Freilich’s Research is Highlighted in Daily Beast Article on Far-Right Extremists

Professor Joshua Freilich of the Department of Criminal Justice at John Jay College was quoted in article titled “Trying to Identify the Next Far-Right Extremist Before He Shoots” that recently appeared in The Daily Beast. Writing about the rise of violent crimes committed by individuals affiliated with  far-right groups, the reporter interviewed Professor Freilich about National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism’s (START) report on domestic far-right groups. The report used data from Professor Freilich’s study on far-right homicides.

Freilich is also the Executive Officer of the CUNY Criminal Justice Doctoral Program and a member of the Terrorism Research and Analysis Project (TRAP), which is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) as well as a member of the Global Terrorism Database’s (GTD) Advisory Board. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security directly and through START, his research focuses on the causes of and responses to terrorism and criminological theory. Freilich is currently the principal investigator on the United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) study, a large-scale data-collection effort that is building the first-of-its-kind relational database of crimes committed by far-right, Al Qaeda directed and influenced, animal rights and environmental rights extremists in the United States reported in an open source.

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