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Gary LaFree

Professor, Director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism (START)
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Primary Expertise: 
Social Sciences

Gary LaFree is a professor of criminology and criminal justice, and director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at UMD. LaFree's current research is related to the development and analysis of START's Global Terrorism Database, an open-source database including information on terrorist events around the world since 1970.

His work at START is frequently featured in national publications, such as The New York Times, CNN, NPR and Fox News.

While at UMD, LaFree has been a founding member of the Democracy Collaborative and an invited member of the National Consortium of Violence Research. Before joining the faculty at UMD, he served as the chair of the Sociology and Criminology Department at the University of New Mexico and director of the New Mexico Criminal Justice Statistics Analysis Center. LaFree was appointed by the Governor of New Mexico to chair the State Crime and Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council for four years. 

Ph.D. Sociology, Indiana University
M.A., Indiana University
B.A., Indiana University