I am currently an assistant professor of Criminal Justice and National Security and an Assistant Dean in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven (UNH). I teach courses in statistics, Homeland Security and Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Criminological Theory, both at the undergraduate and graduate level (both Master’s and Ph.D.). I previously worked as private investigator for nearly three years doing corporate due diligence and competitive intelligence investigations. This consisted of research and intelligence collection, some field investigations, and heavily focused on report writing, database research and use of analytical software such as i2’s Analysts Notebook. I also worked for the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG) for 12 years (2003-2014) where I was P.I. on several research grants, running day to day operations, and working on research in terrorism and organized crime.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (1995), and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (1999) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. I graduated May 2009 with a Ph.D. from Sam Houston State University. My dissertation was entitled “Suicide Bombing: A Statistical Analysis of Tactics, Techniques and Procedures.” I became an analyst at the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups (ISVG) in 2003, and was appointed as a doctoral teaching fellow in 2005. At ISVG my focus is not only on the nexus between organized crime and terrorism, terrorist financial networks, but also on transnational criminal groups, such as drug cartels, arms and human smuggling networks operating worldwide. The research is collected using open source data and entered and analyzed through a relational database used for modeling terrorist and extremist networks, their tactics, and operations.
Over the past 5 years at UNH, I have been able to develop these research areas and continue my scholarship through research writings. I have published four articles related to terrorism and transnational crime in the NATO Science for Peace and Security Studies Series on Suicide Terrorism, Financing Terrorism, Terrorism and Organized Crime, and The Nexus between Terrorism and Organized Crime. I have a chapter titled Terrorism and the Female Suicide Bomber, coming out 2016 in Across the Spectrum of Women and Crime: Theories, Offending, and the Criminal Justice System. I have also published an entry on Drug Trafficking for The Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, as well as a chapter entitled The Contemporary Face of Transnational Criminal Organizations and the Threat They Pose to U.S. National Interest: A Global Perspective, published in The “New” Face of Transnational Crime Organizations (TCOs): A Geopolitical Perspective and Implications to U.S. National Security, a white paper by the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. There is a forthcoming publication in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia on Crime and Punishment on the subject of Crime and Punishment in Serbia. I am also an editor for the Internal Security Journal published by the Polish National Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland.
In the past 5 years I have also been active in presenting at professional conferences, as well as invited lectures for the NATO Center of Excellence Defense Against Terrorism (COE-DAT) courses, which are offered to ranking military officials from NATO participating countries, NATO Partners for Peace (Pfp), and NATO Mediterranean Dialogue Countries. I was also invited to present on terrorist threats to critical infrastructure at the Public Security Forum in South Korea September 11, 2015. Since the Fall of 2011 I have completed 12 invited lectures for NATO on various areas of terrorism, particularly suicide terrorism; several lectures at international week at Saxion University in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands; an invited lecture on suicide terrorism at the Dutch National Police Academy; an invited lecture to Society of FBI Alumni in Connecticut; and a lecture on suicide terrorism at the Polish National Police Training Center in Leginowo, Poland; as well as presentations at professional conferences.
I have also participated and continue to participate in funded research. The research conducted in the past four years has focused on various topics in terrorism and transnational organized crime. I was a faculty advisor on a $4,000 project that included two UNH students and 6 students from Saxion University for the U.S. Department of State P2P Challenging Violent Extremism. Other projects include: a $30,000 effort for a Department of Defense Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) focusing on violent extremist groups and transnational criminal organizations in Pakistan and South Asia; a $19,500 contract working with the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA); and a $6,000 contract with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to study the presence and activities of Mexican drug trafficking organizations within the United States.
I have experience in comparative aspects of criminal justice and international programs and speak Serbian [Croatian-Bosnian] I can read and write in both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabet (speaking - non-native fluency).