Gary LaFree

Gary LaFree
  • Director, START and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
    University of Maryland

1979, PhD in Sociology, Indiana University. Former President: American Society of Criminology (ASC); Division on International Criminology, ASC. Currently, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland. Current research focused on the Global Terrorism Database, a major project being supported by START. START's mission is to advance science-based knowledge about the human causes and consequences of terrorism as a leading resource for homeland security policy-makers and practitioners. It provides them with the highest quality, data-driven research findings on the human causes and consequences of terrorism in an effort to ensure that homeland security policies and operations reflect these understandings about human behaviours.