Laura Dugan

Professor

Laura Dugan is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland.  Her research examines the consequences of violence and the efficacy of violence prevention/intervention policy and practice.  She also designs methodological strategies to overcome data limitations inherent in the social sciences.  Dr. Dugan is a co-principal investigator for the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and the Government Actions in Terrorist Environments (GATE) dataset The GTD is the most comprehensive source of terrorist incidents, as it records all known attacks across the globe since 1970.  The GATE data record government actions related to terrorists and their constituencies for a select set of countries since 1987.  Dr. Dugan’s research has been published in top journals in criminology and sociology.  She has also published in political science and public policy journals.  She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999; her MA in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998; her MA in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995; and her BFA in Applied Media Arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1987.  She has published with colleagues, Putting Terrorism into Context: Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Comprehensive Terrorism Database, along with more than fifty journal articles and book chapters.  She is the Chair of the American Society of Criminology’s National Policy Committee and serves as Executive Counselor on its Board.  Her publications appear in journals such as the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminology, the American Sociological Review, Law and Society Review, as well as Terrorism and Political Violence, and the Journal of Peace Research.

Areas of Interest:
  • Causes and Consequences of Violence, Violence Prevention, Terrorism, Victimization, Quantitative Advances in Methodology, Gender and Crime, Public Policy
Degrees
  • PhD Carnegie Mellon University, Public Policy & Management 1999
  • MS Carnegie Mellon University, Statistics 1998
  • MS Carnegie Mellon University, Public Policy and Management 1995
  • BFA Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Applied Media Arts 1987
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus File
CCJS620 Fundamentals of Criminological Research Fall 2015 Syllabus
CCJS621 General Linear Models in Criminal Justice Research Spring 2015 Syllabus
CCJS225 Responses to Violence Fall 2014 Syllabus
CCJS620 Fundamentals of Criminological Research Fall 2014 Syllabus

I use data and theory to discover how to decrease bad things and increase good things.

Co-Investigator
  • The Development of the Global Terrorism Database
  • Age Graded Pathways into Crime: Evidence from a Multi-Site Retrospective Study of Incarcerated Women

Chair of the American Society of Criminology's National Policy Committee

Executive Counselor to the American Society of Criminology

Chair of the Law and Justice Statistics Committee of the American Statistical Association

Director of Graduate Studies

Chair of the Awards Committee

Lots of other things

Former Students
  • Heather Harris
  • Omi Hodwitz
  • Byron Villagomez Moncayo
  • Jennifer Gibbs
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2131 LeFrak Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Email: ldugan@umd.edu