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Saeid Belkasim is an Associate Professor in Computer Science. His research examines pattern recognition and digital image processing, with a specific focus on shape retrieval from large databases. He has published more than eighty refereed journal and conference papers that have received more than 1900 citations. These papers cover many aspects of research dealing with image segmentation, image enhancement, image description, biological image processing, and embedded system design. The National Institute of Health has funded Dr. Belkasim’s research projects.

Louis-Alexandre Berg is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies and Political Science. His research examines the causes and consequences violent conflict and crime in developing countries, as well as the impact of foreign aid on state formation. His current book project, entitled Security after War: Intervention and the Politics of State Building examines efforts to restructure police and military forces in war-torn countries, based on field work in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor Leste. He has published research on urban violence and organized crime in Latin America and West Africa, and on the development of the rule of law and justice system institutions. Dr. Berg was previously a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Jennings-Randolph Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a Presidential Management Fellow. He has served as an adviser to the World Bank, USAID, the U.S. State Department and the UN Development Program.

Mia BloomMia Bloom is a Professor of Communication and Middle East Studies. She conducts ethnographic field research in Europe, the Middle East and South Asia and speaks eight languages. Author of Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror (2005), Living Together After Ethnic Killing [with Roy Licklider] (2007), Bombshell: Women and Terror (2011), and Small Arms: Children and Terror [with John Horgan] (2019), Bloom is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held research or teaching appointments at Princeton, Cornell, Harvard and McGill Universities. Bloom is the editor for Stanford University Press’ new series on terrorism and political violence. She is regularly featured as an expert contributor on CNN, CNN International, MSNBC and Fox News for terrorism and national security issues.  Bloom is a member of the UN terrorism research network (UNCTED) and a member of the radicalization expert advisory board for the Anti- Defamation League (ADL). Bloom holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Arab Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. from McGill University in Russian, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies.
Jennie E. Burnet is an Associate Professor of Global Studies and Anthropology and Associate Director of the Global Studies Institute. Her research explores the social, cultural and psychological aspects of war, genocide, and mass violence and the micro-level impact of social change in the context of conflict. She is particularly interested in questions related to agency, structure, and subjectivity in the context of violence. Her book, Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory & Silence in Rwanda, which won the 2013 Elliot Skinner Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology, examines changing gender roles, the politics of memory, and local coping mechanisms in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. Her work has appeared in Politics & Gender, African Affairs, African Studies Review, and Women’s Studies International Forum. In ongoing research she is investigating the intrinsic and extrinsic factors in rescuer behavior during mass violence. In 2019, she is the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United State Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Dr. Burnet will be conducting research for her project entitled, “Good Amidst Evil: Rescue in the Holocaust & the Rwandan Genocide,” and completing the manuscript for her upcoming book, To Save Heaven & Earth: Rescue During the Rwandan Genocide. 
John Horgan is a Distinguished University Professor at Georgia State University with joint appointments in the Global Studies Institute and Department of Psychology where he also directs the Violent Extremism Research Group (VERG). Professor Horgan is one of the world’s leading experts on terrorist psychology and his current research examines disengagement and de-radicalization from terrorism, the psychology of religious converts and their involvement in violence, and the role of children in terrorist organizations. His work is widely published, with books including The Psychology of Terrorism (published in over a dozen languages worldwide), Divided We Stand: The Strategy and Psychology of Ireland’s Dissident Terrorists; Walking Away from Terrorism, Leaving Terrorism Behind, and Terrorism Studies: A Reader. He is an Editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence and serves on the Editorial Boards of several further journals, including American Psychologist, Legal and Criminological Psychology, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Journal of Strategic Security. He is a member of the Research Working Group of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. He has held positions at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), Penn State, University of St. Andrews, and University College, Cork. Professor Horgan’s research has been featured in such venues as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, CNN, Vice News, Rolling Stone Magazine, TIME, Nature, Scientific American and the Chronicle of Higher Education. 
Shihao Ji is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at Georgia State University. His principal research interests lie in the area of machine learning and deep learning with an emphasis on high-performance computing. His work specializes in developing efficient algorithms that can learn from a variety of data sources (e.g., image, audio, and text) on a large scale and automate decision-making processes in dynamic environments. Dr. Ji received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke University in 2006.  Before joining Georgia State, he worked for nearly a decade in private industry research labs, including Yahoo!, Microsoft and Intel. Dr. Ji holds five patents and has published more than 25 refereed journal and conference papers, which have received more than 2800 citations so far. 
Lemieux HS v2Tony Lemieux, Ph.D., M.A. is Director of the Global Studies Institute, and Professor of Global Studies and Communication at Georgia State University. In his administrative and leadership roles, Lemieux has prioritized support for collaborative, interdisciplinary research efforts that address issues of pressing global significance.  Lemieux is Principal Investigator of the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative supported interdisciplinary, multi-institution, research program on Mobilizing Media which leverages empirically-validated models of health behavior change, persuasion, and communication to provide comprehensive analysis of strategic communication campaigns and propaganda outputs of terrorist groups including magazines, music, images, texts, and videos.  In addition, he is co-PI on a U.S. Department of Education supported National Resource Center and FLAS program supporting the development of the Atlanta Global Studies Center in collaboration with colleagues at Georgia Tech.  He was recently Principal Investigator of a Department of Homeland Security funded program on Using Experimental Research to Study the Dynamics of Radicalization and Terrorism that created a cutting-edge augmented-reality based experiment to examine the impact of grievance on support for terrorism and non-violent protest. Recent collaborative work on psychological, communicative and behavioral aspects of cyber security was supported by the National Science Foundation.  In a previous program of research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Lemieux developed and evaluated behavioral change interventions in the context of music-based HIV Prevention, HIV treatment adherence, and health behavior change, and has an extensive background on program and intervention development and evaluation.  Lemieux has regularly been featured in National and International media. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in social psychology at the University of Connecticut and his B.A. in psychology and sociology at Boston College.

Jelena SuboticJelena Subotic is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. She is the author of Hijacked Justice: Dealing with the Past in the Balkans (Cornell University Press, 2009), which examined ways in which political elites in the Western Balkans used institutions of post-conflict justice for local political purposes in the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars. Dr. Subotic’s research has appeared in a number of academic and public policy journals, including International Studies QuarterlyEuropean Journal of International RelationsJournal of Peace Research, and Foreign Policy Analysis.  She has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, USAID and others. Dr. Subotic is a frequent commentator on war crimes and the politics of the Balkans for CNN, BBC, and other international outlets. Her new book, Yellow Star, Red Star: Holocaust Remembrance after Communism is forthcoming from Cornell University Press in 2019. It addresses how Eastern countries pursued new strategies of Holocaust remembrance after the collapse of Communism.

SunderramanRaj Sunderraman is a Professor of Computer Science. His research expertise is in the areas of Databases, Data Mining, Big Data, Knowledge Representation, Semantic Web, and Reasoning with Incomplete and Inconsistent Information. He has published more than 150 research articles in these areas in leading computer science journals and conference proceedings and is the author of a popular textbook “Oracle 10g Programming: A Primer”, published by Pearson in 2007. His current research includes scalable graph storage system for big graph data, graph pattern mining, reasoning with incomplete and inconsistent information in Description Logics and Logic Programs, and machine learning/deep learning in image classification. Sunderraman received the B.E. (Honors) Electronics Engineering degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India in 1980, the M.Tech. Computer Engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa in 1988.
Winkler HS v2Carol Winkler is the lead faculty member of the TCV Initiative and Professor of Communication. Her research focuses on communication and conflict, with a particular emphasis on presidential foreign policy rhetoric, argumentation and debate, visual communication, and online extremism.  Her book, In the Name of Terrorism (SUNY 2006), won the outstanding book award in political communication from the National Communication Association. She also won the National Communication Association’s Visual Communication Commission’s Award for Excellence in Research for her work on linkages between visual images and ideology. The Strategic Studies Institute of the Army War College (2014) published her most recent co-edited volume, Visual Propaganda and Online Extremism, and Routledge will be publishing her most recent volume, Networking Argument later this year. The U.S. Department of Justice, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and various private foundations have funded her research into various aspects of conflict and its solutions. Dr. Winkler holds a Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.  She also earned a master’s degree in Speech Communication from Wake Forest University and a B.A. in English and Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is past President of the American Forensics Association.