Sumit is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. His areas of research are policing and crime prevention, terrorism, comparative criminology and theory testing. He has previously worked on police reforms in the Commonwealth, consulted for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Afghanistan and was a research assistant at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) center.

Sumit has a B.Sc (H) from St Stephen’s College, Delhi and an M.A from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.


- Mazeika, D. and Kumar, S. (2016). "Do Crime Hot Spots Exist in Developing Countries? Evidence from India Research Note"  Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 10.1007/s10940-016-9280-2\

- Behlendorf, B., Belur, J. and Kumar, S. (2016). "Peering Through the Kaleidoscope: Variation and Validity in Data Collection on Terrorist Attacks" Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (forthcoming).

- Weiss, D.B., Santos, M.R., Testa, A. and Kumar, S. (2016). "The 1990s Homicide Decline: A Western World or International Phenomenon? A Research Note" Homicide Studies (forthcoming).

Kumar, S. and Behlendorf, B. (2011). “Policing Best Practices in Conflict/Post Conflict Societies.” United Nations Development Programme, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Sumit Kumar
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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
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