On September 19, 2012, Dr. Laura Dugan presented a lecture on “Terrorism and Crime: Their Similarities, Differences, and Lessons Learned” at the University of Pennsylvania Criminology in Practice Seminar Series.
The premise behind this talk is that criminologists offer important conceptual, data, and methodological approaches that can be useful for studying terrorism. Yet, it is also important to integrate departure points between criminal and terrorist behavior. For example, terrorists seek public recognition, whereas common criminals typically do not. This need for publicity makes the media a reasonable source for terrorist-relevant data. Further, terrorists innovate; making their responses to efforts to suppress their activity inconsistent with predictions of deterrence theory. Dr. Dugan describes several research projects where she uses open source data to model dyadic relationships between governments and terrorist actors. The research reveals surprising findings that are consistent with a rational choice approach after it is modified to accommodate the effects of legitimacy on terrorist outcomes. Click here to see presentation slides of Dr. Dugan's lecture.
During the academic year, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Criminology hosts an ongoing speaker series through its Criminology in Practice seminar, during which current and former government policymakers and criminal justice system practitioners regularly visit as guest lecturers and engage in discussion with students.