Joshua D. Freilich is a member of the Criminal Justice Department, and the Criminal Justice PhD Program at John Jay College, CUNY. He is the Creator and co-Director of the United States Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) study. The ECDB is an open source relational database of violent and financial crimes committed by far-right, Al Qaeda inspired and related movements, and eco and animal rights extremists in the U.S. Freilich is a member of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Center of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He is a member of START's Executive Committee and a member of the Global Terrorism Database's Advisory Board. Freilich’s research focuses on the causes of and responses to terrorism as well as criminological theory, especially environmental criminology and crime prevention. His research has been funded by DHS and published in leading journals in the fields of criminology and criminal justice, psychology and the law, and terrorism studies.