Center for Terrorism Studies Launched

Renowned Expert Will Lead Program


UMass Lowell this fall is launching the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies to house a variety of collaborative research projects addressing the complexities of topics like terrorism, cyber-security, transnational crime and weapons of mass destruction. The Center will be directed by John Horgan — author of more than 70 publications on terrorism and political violence — who is a member of the Research Working Group of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime.

Horgan, who was previously director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Penn State University, is being joined by his former Penn State colleague Mia Bloom. Once a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she is now a professor of security studies at UMass Lowell. Bloom, who speaks nine languages, is the author of several books and regularly appears on CNN, Fox News, CSPAN and NBC Nightly News.

The Center will kick off with a symposium scheduled for Sept. 24 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center. Entitled “New Security Challenges,” the event will feature Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis III and former National Security Council Deputy for Counterterrorism Roger Cressey ’87.