Staff & Faculty

 

Charles B. Strozier, Director

Charles B. Strozier is a Professor of History and the Founding Director of the Center on Terrorism, as well as a practicing psychoanalyst.  Strozier has been concerned with issues of apocalyptic violence going back several decades, especially in relation to nuclear weapons.  In the 1990s, along with his colleague at John Jay College, Robert Jay Lifton, Strozier began to write about and teach courses on what he called the “new violence,” that is, the emergent forms of terrorism that were right-wing, religiously based, and yearning to create vast levels of destruction.  These concerns became more widely appreciated after 9/11, and Strozier’s intellectual commitments joined those of the college, which lost so many of its alumni in the disaster and had so many other students directly associated with it.  The Center on Terrorism grew out of that coincidence.

Strozier’s scholarship that bears directly on terrorism and apocalyptic violence includes Apocalypse: On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (1994); Trauma and Self and Genocide, War, and Human Survival, two companion volumes co-edited with the late Michael Flynn; The Year 2000: Essays on the End (1997), also with Michael Flynn; The Fundamentalist Mindset (2010), of which Strozier was the lead editor and contributed several chapters; Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Witnesses and Survivors, his interview study of 9/11 that began the first weekend after the disaster; and an edited book, The PKK.

His other books include Lincoln’s Quest for Union: A Psychological Study (1982, revised 2000) that is related to his new book project that is in process, Everlasting Friends: Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, 1837-1842. He was also author of the definitive biography, Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (2001).  Strozier was twice nominated for Pulitzer Prizes and has received a number of awards and prizes for his work. 

 

Peter Romaniuk, Associate Director

Peter Romaniuk is Associate Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York, where is also Research Fellow at the Center on Terrorism. He is the author of Mutlilateral Counter-terrorism: The Global Politics of Cooperation and Contestation(Routledge, 2010). He has authored and co-authored numerous articles, chapters and policy reports on counter-terrorism cooperation, terrorist financing and UN sanctions. He also has articles and chapters forthcoming in the Review of International Studies, in Coping with Terrorism: Origins, Escalation, Counter Strategies and Responses (edited by William R. Thompson and Rafael Reuveny; State University of New York Press) and in the International Studies Compendium (edited by Robert A. Denemark; Wiley-Blackwell). He teaches courses on International Relations, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, and Homeland Security.

 

Shuki Cohen, Associate Director

Prof. Shuki J. Cohen is an assistant professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. Prof. Cohen got his Bachelor’s degree in Biophysical Chemistry in Ben-Gurion University (Israel) and his Master’s degree in Brain Neuroscience from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. After working as a brain neuro-scientist for the University of California at Berkeley, Prof. Cohen completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at New York University and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, where he is currently also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

At John Jay College — where he is also the associate director of the Center on Terrorism — Prof. Cohen’s research focuses on the role of cognitive rigidity and fanaticism in personality functioning in general and and their role in aggression and violence on both the individual, relational and international levels, including political violence and terrorism. Current projects in Prof. Cohen’s lab include: 1) Implicit Measurement of Cognitive Rigidity and Fanaticism through Linguistic Analysis of Ideological and Personal Writings and Speeches; (2) Convictions and Motivations for Terrorism in Palestinian Suicide Bombers’ Last Wills; (3) Cross-Cultural Examination of Cognitive Rigidity and the identification of Sacred Values and Non-negotiable Ideological Tenets; 4) Studies of the Rhetorical Structure of Fear-Appeals in Terrorism-bound Radicalization and Sedition.

 

Andrea Fatica, Executive Director

Ms. Fatica manages research initiatives and administration at the Center, in addition to the Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies, such as staff and resource management, curriculum development, and institutional compliance. Andrea has a background in communications and psychology, with over 8 years of experience in academic and private sector social science research settings, including several years investigating terrorism threats and regional histories. She received an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, in conjunction with a Certificate in Terrorism Studies; and obtained her B.S. in Communications from Northeastern University.

 

Shari Reiter, Program Coordinator and Graduate Fellow

Shari received a Bachelor of Arts in English at Vassar College in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology and Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies at John Jay College. She is completing her thesis on the motivation for suicide terrorism in a sample of Hamas suicide bombers with Professor Shuki Cohen and is particularly interested in how psychological and personality theory can be applied to the study of terrorism. She is completing her externship at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center in New York and has previously interned at the NYU/Bellevue Program for Survivors of Torture and the Innocence Project. Her research interests include the psychology of intergroup conflict and political violence, forensic assessment and psychopathy. 

 

Amanda Barone, Administrative and Research Assistant

Amanda received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice from SUNY College at Oneonta in 2012, and is receiving a Master of Science in Emergency Management and an Advanced Certificate in Terrorism Studies from John Jay College. Prior to her studies at John Jay College, she focused her research on ethnic relations in Australia, juvenile delinquency prevention and deterrence programs, rehabilitation methods of probation, and double victimization in regards to domestic violence and sexual assault. She is currently studying the relation between sacred values, human motivation and extreme violent conflict, and methods of negotiation to prevent moral outrage and terrorism.

 

Affiliated John Jay College Faculty

Desmond Arias

Avram Bornstein

Glenn Corbett

Maki Haberfeld

Charles Jennings

Dennis Kenney

Amit Kumar

Itai Sneh