Understanding Support for Protest Versus Terrorism

Using Experimental Research to Study the Dynamics of Radicalization

This project is a five-year series of experiments to identify Lemieux - Experimentshow types of grievance, the opportunity structure for political action, psychological factors, social identity, threat perception, and an individual’s demographics impact the probability that an individual will justify or support specific violent actions taken to address political, social, and/or religious grievances. This research involves both national and international samples (Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, Turkey, and Malaysia) and will utilize a vignette-based approach to online experimental research. In collaboration with colleagues from the Interactive Media Technology Center at Georgia Tech, experiments using augmented reality technology for laboratory based experiments are being developed to test the influence of grievance and opportunity on support for protest versus terrorism.

PI and Contact Person: Anthony Lemieux (alemieux@gsu.edu)