Captain Maggie Smith Examines Political Violence and Extremism
TSPPPA doctoral alumni Captain Maggie Smith, soon to be Major, wrote her dissertation "Unforeseen Patterns: Women Who Support the Islamic State from Within the United States", advised by Prof. Kathy Newcomer.
Captain Smith is on the faculty at the Dept. of Social Sciences, Researcher at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point (USMA) and Director of the Competition in Cyberspace Project and Graduate Faculty at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the Master of Professional Studies in Terrorism Studies at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).
She stated: "My dissertation - well, completing it! - gave me the chance to join the graduate faculty at UMD in addition to my roles at USMA. Two of my committee members came from UMD and our work continued after I left GWU and began my assignment at West Point. My work really opened doors to additional research on political violence and extremism. Additionally, as I look forward to retiring from the military, I have more doors open to me than I ever dreamed of having - it's so exciting to see how my time at GWU is allowing me to shape my future into something purposeful, meaningful, and impactful."