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Steven Chermak, PhD


1993 PhD, State University of New York at Albany
1988 MA, State University of New York at Albany
1987 BA, Bowling Green State University

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Steven M. Chermak is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Dr. Chermak is also a lead investigator affiliated with The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terror (START). Dr. Chermak’s terrorism research has focused on four general areas. First, he studies the criminal and terrorist activities of domestic terrorists. Projects include understanding patterns of violence of far right, far left, and al-Qaeda inspired extremists, documenting how lone wolf attacks are different than group-inspired terrorist attacks, and examining the characteristics of foiled terrorist plots. Second, he studies the intelligence practices of State, Local, and Tribal law enforcement agencies. Third, he is studying the sources of funding used by terrorist organizations, with a particular emphasis on examining their use of counterfeited products. This research looks at what crimes terrorist organizations commit to fund their activities, how they are networked to other organizations or individuals to commit such acts, and assesses the impacts of these crimes. Finally, he has studied the media’s role in relation to crime and terrorism issues.

Dr. Chermak’s research has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, and the Michigan State Police. He has published two books, seven edited books, and numerous research reports. His research has appeared in a number of journals including Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Criminology and Public Policy, Justice Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, Journal of Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and the Journal of Crime, Conflict, and the Media. Before joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 2005, Dr. Chermak was faculty member at Indiana University in Bloomington from 1992-2005.


Transnational Terrorism

Year: 2013 Authors: Chermak, S., and Freilich, J. Publisher: Ashgate

Law Enforcement’s Information Sharing Infrastructure: A National Assessment

Year: 2013 Authors: Chermak, S., Carter, J.G., Carter, D., McGarrell, E.F., and Drew, J. Journal: Police Quarterly

Distinguishing “Loner” Attacks From Other Domestic Extremist Violence: A Comparison of Far-Right Homicide Incident and Offender Characteristics

Year: 2013 Authors: Gruenewald, J., Chermak, S., and Freilich, J. Journal: Criminology and Public Policy

The Organizati​onal Dynamics of Far-Right Hate Groups in the United States: Comparing Violent to Non-Violen​t Organizations

Year: 2013 Authors: Chermak, S., Freilich, J., and Suttmoeller, M. Journal: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism

American Terrorism and Extremist Crime Data Sources and Selectivity Bias: An Investigation Focusing on Homicide Events Committed by Far-right Extremists

Year: 2012 Authors: Chermak, S., Freilich, J., Parkin, W., and Lynch, J. Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology