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 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

Immigration and Violence in Rural versus Urban Counties, 1990–2010

Year: 2017 Authors: Klein, B. R., Allison, K. & Harris, C. Journal: The Sociological Quarterly

American jihadi terrorism: A comparison of homicides and unsuccessful plots

Year: 2016 Authors: Gruenewald, J., Klein, B. R., Chermak, S., & Freilich, J. Journal: Terrorism and Political Violence

Opportunity, Group Structure, Temporal Patterns, and Successful Outcomes of Far-Right Terrorism Incidents in the United States

Year: 2016 Authors: Klein, B.R., Gruenewald, J., & Smith, B.L. Journal: Crime and Delinquency

Assessing the Attractiveness and Vulnerability of Eco-Terrorism Targets: A Situational Crime Prevention Approach

Year: 2015 Authors: Gruenewald, J., Allison-Gruenewald, K., & Klein, B. R. Journal: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism