Michael is originally from Madison, WI, and graduated in 2013 from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish Studies, and a minor in Sociology - Law, Criminology, and Deviance. Over his time as an undergraduate, Michael worked as a community development officer with Casa de Esperanza in Saint Paul, MN and upon graduation worked as an intern with the Center for Homicide Research while employed as a legal intake specialist in Minneapolis, MN.

Previously, Michael has worked as a graduate teaching assistant under Dr. Sally Simpson (Fall 2015) and Jacqueline Lee (Spring 2016) and graduate research assistant under Dr. David Maimon (Summer 2016-Summer 2017). Currently, he is working as a research assistant to Dr. Laura Dugan and is continuing to be involved with grant-related research on gangs and violent extremism under Drs. Gary LaFree (UMD), Scott Decker (ASU), and David Pyrooz (UC Boulder). 

Areas of Interest

  • Terrorism
  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Policy Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods
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  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Psychology & Spanish Studies, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Degree Type
    Degree Details
    Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland - College Park
Michael Becker
2139 LeFrak Hall
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
mbecker3 [at] umd.edu