Michael H. Becker


Doctoral Student and Extremism Researcher

About


Michael H. Becker, M.A. is a doctoral student in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University in Washington, DC. 
His research interests include the individual and group correlates of support for, and participation in violent extremism, process and outcome measures in P/CVE programming, and theoretical testing. His work has been featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the European Journal of Criminology, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism,  Criminology & Criminal Justice, and Terrorism and Political Violence. 

Recent Publications


A comparison of political violence by left-wing, right-wing, and Islamist extremists in the United States and the world


Katarzyna Jasko, Gary LaFree, James Piazza, Michael H. Becker


Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 119(30), 2022


When Extremists Become Violent: Examining the Association Between Social Control, Social Learning, and Engagement in Violent Extremism


Michael H. Becker


Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, vol. 44, Routledge, 2021, pp. 1104-1124


The heterogeneous repercussions of killing Osama bin Laden on global terrorism patterns


Daren Fisher, Michael H. Becker


European Journal of Criminology, vol. 18, 2021, pp. 301-324


A Comparative Study of Initial Involvement in Gangs and Political Extremism


Michael H. Becker, Scott H. Decker, Gary LaFree, David C. Pyrooz, Kyle Ernest, Patrick A. James


Terrorism and Political Violence, vol. 0, Routledge, 2020, pp. 1-18

Projects




Web Scraping for Prospective Data Collection


This project is an ongoing application of novel data collection methods to study for formation and adoption of extremist attitudes online.




Decision-Making and Support for Political Violence


This an ongoing set of studies examining the relationship between measures of decision-making and support for the use of political violence.




United States Federal and State Twitter Project


A Twitter web-scraper for all official accounts of members of the United States Congress, U.S. Governors, and National-Security relevant Federal Executive positions.


Contact


Michael H. Becker



Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology


American University


Washington, DC


Curriculum vitae