Brent Klein

Brent Klein

PhD Candidate

2015 MA University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
2013 BA University of Arkansas-Fayetteville


Brent R. Klein is a doctoral student in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. He studies school violence, terrorism and bias crime, place-based criminology, and crime prevention. Currently, Mr. Klein is a project manager for two crime event databases, including the U.S. School Shooting Database (SSDB) and U.S. Extremist Crime Database (ECDB). He is also a research consultant for the Michigan State Police (MSP) task force on school safety and student board member for the ASC’s Division on Terrorism & Bias Crimes (DTBC). Mr. Klein’s recent scholarly work has appeared in various academic journals, such as Justice Quarterly, Crime & Delinquency, The Sociological Quarterly, Terrorism & Political Violence, and Studies in Conflict & TerrorismHe holds a M.A. in sociology with an emphasis in criminology and a B.A. in both sociology and criminal justice from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.



A mixed method examination of law enforcement investigatory strategies used in jihadi and far-right foiled terrorist plots before and after 9/11

Year: 2019 Authors: Klein, B.R., Gruenewald, J., Chermak, S.M., & Freilich, J. Journal: Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology

Patterns of Fatal Extreme-Right Crime in the United States

Year: 2018 Authors: Freilich, J., Chermak, S.M., Gruenewald, J., Parkin, W.S., & Klein, B.R. Journal: Perspectives on Terrorism

Achieving masculinity through violence: An examination of anti-homeless bias homicides

Year: 2018 Authors: Allison, K., & Klein, B.R. Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence

An empirical examination of “suspicious” preoperational activities and successful terrorist outcomes using data from the American terrorism study (ATS)

Year: 2018 Authors: Gruenewald, J., Klein, B.R., Drawve, G., Smith, B.L., & Ratcliff, K. Journal: Policing: An International Journal

A situated comparison of suicide and non-suicide terrorist plots and homicides in the United States, 1990-2014

Year: 2018 Authors: Gruenewald, J., Klein, B.R., Parkin, W.S., Freilich, J, & Chermak, S. Journal: Crime & Delinquency

Accomplishing Difference: How Do Anti-race/Ethnicity Bias Homicides Compare to Average Homicides in the United States?

Year: 2017 Authors: Klein, B. R., & Allison, K Journal: Journal of Justice Quarterly