Terrorism Research Center

The Terrorism Research Center in Fulbright College (TRC) was created in 2003 to facilitate research on terrorism, extremist violence, and the effectiveness of intervention strategies. The TRC’s research is directed toward improving the ability of governmental agencies to both predict and respond to terrorism-related events. For a complete list of research projects, please see research.

American Terrorism Study (ATS)

The Center plays host to the American Terrorism Study (ATS), the nation’s longest running research project on terrorism in the United States. The project provides a comprehensive record of persons indicted in federal courts as a result of FBI “terrorism enterprise” investigations. Funded through the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Justice, the ATS is conducted in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and under the sponsorship of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The ATS also contributes data to the Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States (TEVUS) Portal.

Additional Projects and Areas of Research

The TRC currently manages several federally funded projects that build off the ATS foundation. These include National Institute of Justice and DoD funded projects that examine:

  • Geospatial and temporal patterns of terrorist activities in the United States, including incidents and activities during the planning process
  • Prosecutorial, defense, and investigation strategies relating to terrorism
  • Factors contributing to terrorist longevity over time and interdiction strategies
  • Community risk factors for radicalization or pre-incident activities;

For further information, contact:
 
Dr. Brent L. Smith, TRC Director
Phone:  479-575-3205
bls@uark.edu

Dr. Chris Shields, Assistant Professor and ATS Projects Manager
Phone:  479-575-5537
cshield@uark.edu

Katie Ratcliff, Assistant Director
Phone: 479-575-3833
kjratcli@uark.edu