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Professor Freilich’s Research Informs Op-Ed on Domestic Extremist Groups

Professor Joshua Frielich’s research was cited in a recent op-ed titled “Understanding America’s Domestic Extremist Threat.”. Featured in’s Global Public Square, the article references data compiled by the Extremists Crime Database (ECBD) which is directed by Professor Freilich. The piece was written by three former doctor students of the ECDB, including William Parkin who recently earned his PhD from CUNY Doctoral Program in Justice, housed at John Jay College.

To read the op-ed, click here.

Freilich is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and the Executive Officer of the CUNY Criminal Justice Doctoral Program. He is a member of the Terrorism Research and Analysis Project (TRAP), which is sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) as well as a member of the Global Terrorism Database’s (GTD) Advisory Board. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security directly and through START, his research focuses on the causes of and responses to terrorism and criminological theory. Freilich is currently the principal investigator on the United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) study, a large-scale data-collection effort that is building the first-of-its-kind relational database of crimes committed by far-right, Al Qaeda directed and influenced, animal rights and environmental rights extremists in the United States reported in an open source.