Chief Executive Officer
Richard Davis is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Artis Research & Risk Modeling, Artis Corporation and Artis Looking Glass.
Director Of Research
Scott Atran is the Director of Research and Co-Founder of Artis Research & Risk Modeling, Artis Corporation, and Artis LookingGlass.
Artis International Team
The leadership of ARTIS has accumulated decades of experience studying and working to understand collective political & cultural violence, as well as risk assessment & modeling through research, government leadership, and business. This collective experience allows ARTIS to access and utilize the top researchers, policy makers, experts and business leaders in these fields. Artis Fellows have directed many interdisciplinary and multinational projects for the public and private sector in an effort to improve the human condition.
- Michael AikenFellowMichael AikenFellow
Mr. Aiken is currently the Director of Communication, Research & Evaluation in the National Transformation Program at the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica House. In this capacity, he is responsible for the understanding of human behavior and social patterns as it relates to political violence within Jamaica. This understanding is a core element of the Prime Minister’s approach to transformative policy that will reduce overall violence in the country. Prior to his advisory role for the Prime Minister, he served as an Alderman in Portland, Jamaica and served as the Executive Director of North Eastern Educational Development (NEED), where he was superintendent of schools and a community organizer. Mr. Aiken holds Master’s Degrees from Harvard and National University and a Baccalaureate Degree from San Diego Christian College.
- Nichole ArgoResearcherNichole ArgoResearcher
Nichole Argo is a graduate student in the Psychology Department at the New School for Social Research. Before coming to the New School, she worked for several years as a journalist and field researcher in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and England. Her field research examined motivations for political violence, and involved interviews and surveys. Previous to her time in the Middle East, Nichole lived and worked in Zimbabwe and Rwanda. She holds an M.S. in Political Science from MIT, and an M.A. in International Studies from Stanford.
- Scott AtranResearch Director / Co-FounderScott AtranResearch Director / Co-Founder
Scott Atran received his B.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University (and an M.A. in social relations from Johns Hopkins). He is tenured as Research Director in Anthropology at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Institut Jean Nicod − Ecole Normale Supérieure, in Paris. He is a founding fellow of the Centre for Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College, and Department of Politics and International Relations and School of Social Anthropology, University of Oxford. Scott also holds positions as Research Professor of Public Policy and Psychology, University of Michigan; and he is Director of Research, ARTIS Research.
Previously, Scott was assistant to Dr. Margaret Mead at the American Museum of Natural History; Coordinator “Animal and Human Communication Program,” Royaumont Center for a Science of Man, Paris (Jacques Monod, Dir.); member of the Conseil Scientifique, Laboratoire d’Ethnobiologie-Biogéographie, Museum National D’Historie Naturelle, Paris; Visiting Lecturer, Dept. Social Anthropology, Cambridge Univ.; Chargé de Conférence, Collège International de Philosophie; member of the Centre de Recherche en Epistémologie Appliquée, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris; Visiting Prof., Truman Institute, Hebrew Univ., Jerusalem; Leverhulme Distinguished Visiting Prof. of Anthropology, Univ. of London-Goldsmiths.; Presidential Scholar, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Scott has experimented extensively on the ways scientists and ordinary people categorize and reason about nature, on the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and on the limits of rational choice in political and cultural conflict. He has repeatedly briefed NATO, HMG and members of the U.S. Congress and the National Security Council staff at the White House on the Devoted Actor versus the Rational Actor in Managing World Conflict, on the Comparative Anatomy and Evolution of Global Network Terrorism, and on Pathways to and from Violent Extremism. He has addressed the United Nations Security Council on problems of youth and violent extremism and currently serves in advisory capacity to the Security Council and Secretary General on combatting terrorism and on ways to implement UN Resolution 2250 to engage and empower youth in the promotion of peace. He has been engaged in conflict negotiations in the Middle East, and in the establishment of indigenously managed forest reserves for Native American peoples.
Scott is a recurrent contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian and Foreign Policy, as well as to professional journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Behavioral and Brain Sciences. His publications include Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: Towards an Anthropology of Science (Cambridge Univ. Press), In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (Oxford Univ. Press), The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature (MIT Press, with Doug Medin), and Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What It Means to Be Human (Penguin). His work and life have been spotlighted around the world on television and radio and in the popular and scientific press, including feature and cover stories of the New York Times Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature and Science News.
- Emiliano Dean AtranArts FellowEmiliano Dean AtranArts Fellow
Emiliano Dean Atran graduated from the City College of New York. After studying engineering at the University of Michigan he move to the New York music scene and received a B.A. in music. He has accompanied Artis teams to Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, filming field research and providing interpretative documentaries of the Artis mission to reduce youth violence. He received his Masters Degree in Composition for Soundtracks and Music for Audiovisual Media in 2021 from the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC, Barcelona). He now works out of Barcelona, continuing studies in classical piano.
- Robert AxelrodSenior FellowRobert AxelrodSenior Fellow
Robert Axelrod is the Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the University of Michigan. He has appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He is best known for his interdisciplinary work on the evolution of cooperation (cited in more than five hundred books and four thousand articles). His current research interests include complexity theory (especially agent-based modeling), and international security. Recently, Axelrod has consulted and lectured on promoting cooperation and harnessing complexity for the United Nations, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Defense, and various organizations serving health care professionals, business leaders, and K-12 educators. He holds a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago (1964), and a PhD in political science from Yale (1969).
Axelrod has consulted and lectured on promoting cooperation and harnessing complexity for the United Nations, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Defense, and various organizations serving health care professionals, business leaders, and K–12 educators.
In 1990 Axelrod was awarded the inaugural NAS Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War from the National Academy of Sciences. Axelrod was the President of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the 2006–2007 term. He focused his term on the theme of interdisciplinarity. Recently, he has used social science insights in innovative cancer research. In 2014, President Barack Obama presented Axelrod with the National Medal of Science. He is a recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from Georgetown University and Harvard University.
- Michael James BartonFellowMichael James BartonFellow
Michael Barton has extensive experience in National Security, Homeland Security, counterterrorism, and energy policy making. Beginning in 2009, he has consulted for the Federal Government on a wide range of strategic issues. From 2006 to 2009 he served in the International Security Affairs division of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), where he analyzed, crafted, and carried out the Nation’s security policies as directed by the President and the Secretary of Defense. While in OSD, he ensured that cultural, economic, and energy factors were woven into diplomatic and security decisions. For his efforts in the national security arena, Mr. Barton was a 2009 recipient of the OSD Exceptional Public Service Medal. Prior to joining the Defense Department, Mr. Barton held positions at the White House on the Homeland Security Council staff and on the Senate Banking Committee staff. Mr. Barton holds a M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. He is also an advisory board member of the Bryce Foundation, which assists in research efforts on behalf of children suffering from cancer and support for their families.
- Carl BauerSenior FellowCarl BauerSenior Fellow
In addition to his position at ARTIS, Carl is President of C.O. Bauer Consulting Inc. and sits on many advisory boards concerned with energy resources (California Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel, Global Carbon Capture and Sequestration Institute Technical Advisory Committee, University of West Virginia Advanced Energy Institute Advisory Board, University of Wyoming, School of Energy Resources Advisory Board and New Generation Bio Fuels Inc. Board of Directors). Carl Bauer has over thirty years of leadership experience with technical, strategic, and operational business and facility management in both industry, R&D and as Director the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with extensive global experience (U.S., Europe, the Middle East, and Asia). Mr. Bauer has successfully led a DOE national laboratory; four major, technologically-diverse offices at DOE Headquarters; and a key office with the DoD’s Naval Systems Command; and was Recipient of Federal Laboratory Consortium’s “Laboratory Director of the Year” Award.
- Isaac Ben IsraelSenior FellowIsaac Ben IsraelSenior Fellow
Retired Major General (IAF) Ben-Israel is the Chairman of Israel Space Agency as well as a Professor at Tel-Aviv University (Cohen Institute for the History & Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas and the School of Government and Policy). He is member of multiple committees and boards pertaining to science technology and security. In addition to his notable military career, Isaac Ben-Israel was a member of the 17th Knesset, Director of Defense R&D Directorate in IMOD, head of Curiel Centre for International Studies and a member of Jaffe Centre for Strategic Studies, and Chairman of the Technion Entrepreneurial Incubator. Professor Ben-Israel has writes and consults on military and security issues. He earned his PhD in Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University.
- Gene BrewerFellowGene BrewerFellow
Gene Brewer is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. Dr. Brewer's primary research area is cognitive science and he studies memory and attention control. He applies his methodological skills in the area of interpersonal and intergroup conflict processes.
- Kevin CorkeFellowKevin CorkeFellow
Kevin Corke is an Emmy-award winning journalist who served as a White House Correspondent for NBC News (2004-2008) and covered a broad range of stories from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Pentagon and Capitol Hill. During his tenure, Corke reported on the political and policy implications on conflicts abroad including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Corke was NBC’s first journalist on the scene following the massacre at Virginia Tech, the deadliest campus shooting in U.S. history. Prior to his experience at NBC, Corke was an anchor and coordinating producer at ESPN (1999-2004), where he hosted the ‘Sports Center’ program and other broadcasts. Corke also worked as an anchor and reporter in Denver at KUSA-TV (1989-1999). Corke is a graduate of Harvard University (2004) with a Master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he received the Littauer Fellow citation for academic excellence, leadership and commitment to work in the public interest. He also holds Master’s (2002) and Bachelor’s (1988) degrees in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Corke lives in Washington D.C.
- Daniel CorstangeFellowDaniel CorstangeFellow
Daniel Corstange is an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Politics and a faculty associate at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. He has spent several years engaged in field research in the Middle East and has conducted numerous mass attitude surveys in the region. His methodological interests include techniques to elicit truthful answers to sensitive questions on surveys. His substantive interests include ethnic and sectarian politics, religious politics, institution-building, the political economy of development, and international interventions in fragile elections.
- Hasan DavulcuTechnology FellowHasan DavulcuTechnology Fellow
Hasan Davulcu is an associate professor in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. He has done research in data mining and information assurance. His previous works in data and services integration were published at prestigious ACM and IEEE conferences. Prior to joining ASU, the US DOD's Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) funded his work. The intelligent agent product that he developed, while at a software startup, was the recipient of a Long Island Software Achievement Award. Dr. Davulcu's research to improve situation-awareness, security and adaptability of service-oriented architectures has been funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) prestigious early CAREER award and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) MURI award. He is currently the PI for an NSF Partnership for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) grant focusing on financial fraud detection via visual analytics and PI of a new DoD Minerva Research Initiative project titled “New Analytics for Measuring and Countering Social Influence and Persuasion of Extremist Groups”. His recent research in socio-cultural modeling and analysis was funded by earlier DOD Minerva and ONR awards. Davulcu holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York. He also holds a B.S. degree in mathematics from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.
- Richard DavisChief Executive Officer / Co-FounderRichard DavisChief Executive Officer / Co-Founder
Richard Davis is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Artis Research & Risk Modeling, Artis International and Artis Looking Glass. The suite of Artis companies conduct interdisciplinary field-based scientific research in conflict areas, build local programs and policies to move people toward less violent outcomes and develop technology applications to interface with social media platforms to understand and model the dynamics of human behavior in politically unstable conflict environments. The Artis companies work with governments, non-governmental organizations, universities and private sector entities in risk management and conflict resolution and mitigation efforts across the globe.
Richard holds several active appointments in the University of Oxford, including: Founding Fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict in the Department of Politics and International Relations; Research Fellow, Changing Character of War Centre (Pembroke College); Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College; and Senior Research Associate, Department of Politics and International Relations. His other appointments include: Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University; Chairman, Permanent Monitoring Panel on Intergroup Conflict of the World Federation of Scientists; Chairman of two private companies.
Richard served at The White House as the Director of Prevention (terrorism) Policy. Prior, he was the Director of the Task Force to Prevent the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect (framework for the prevention of the smuggling of nuclear materials) and the Director of the Academe, Policy and Research Senior Advisory Committee for two different Secretaries at the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Richard has been a Senior Policy Fellow at RTI international, a Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, led a non-profit international development organization dedicated to the education and development of youth, including crime prevention, prevention of radicalization and conflict mitigation, and a school administrator and teacher.
Richard has authored or co-authored articles and publications on energy, international security, political violence, and terrorism. He is the author of a book entitled: Hamas, Popular Support & War in the Middle East, published by Routledge in 2016. His most recent written work addresses the neurological and behavioral factors for the willingness to fight and die – an empirical study from the front-lines in Iraq with Islamic State Fighters and other militias and fMRI studies (brain scans) of Al-Qaeda members from Pakistan (in-press).
Richard has a PhD from the London School of Economics; an MPA from Harvard University; an MA from the Naval War College; and an MA from Azusa Pacific University. He holds Baccalaureate Degrees in Finance and Social Science from Hope International University.
- Scott DeckerSenior FellowScott DeckerSenior Fellow
Dr. Scott H. Decker is Professor and Director in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University. He received the BA in Social Justice from DePauw University, and the MA and PhD in Criminology from Florida State University. His main research interests are in the areas of gangs, criminal justice policy, and the offender’s perspective.
His most recent books include European Street Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups (Winner of the American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology Outstanding Distinguished book award, 2006)Drug Smugglers on Drug Smuggling: Lessons from the Inside (Temple University Press, 2008). His forthcoming book (with Hugh Barlow) Criminology and Public Policy: Putting Theory to Work will be published in 2009 by Temple University Press.
- Morteza DehghaniResearcherMorteza DehghaniResearcher
Morteza Dehghani is currently a Research Assistant Professor at Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at University of Southern California and a Research Fellow at ARTIS. Before joining ICT, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. His research interests include computational social sciences, cross cultural differences in moral decision making, analogical and case-based reasoning, and cognitive modeling of different aspects of cognition. Specifically, he is interested in the role of cultural products in decision making and in the emergence of sacred values. Morteza’s research approach consists of both conducting psychological experiments and computational cognitive modeling. He received a Ph.D. and MS from Northwestern University and MS and BS from University of California at Los Angeles.
- Stephanie DornschneiderFellowStephanie DornschneiderFellow
During the past five years, Stephanie Dornschneider completed her PhD thesis, in which she explores the sources of political violence. For her thesis, she conducted field research in Egypt and Germany, holding about 80 in-depth interviews with formerly violent and nonviolent individuals. Afterwards, she became a visiting research scholar at Stanford University, where she developed a computational model to systematically analyze the reasoning processes underlying political violence, identified from her interviews. In addition, she worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Sep. 2008 – Dec. 2010), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (Jan. – Aug. 2008), and The American University in Cairo (Sep. 2005 – Feb. 2007). She also worked as a journalist, and published about 800 newspaper articles from Germany, the UK, the US, and the Middle East (1994 – 2007). She is fluent in English, Arabic, French and German (native language). Ms. Dornschneider obtained her PhD in International Relations, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID).
- Andrea FaticaDirector of Human Rights & Ethics ComplianceAndrea FaticaDirector of Human Rights & Ethics Compliance
Andrea Fatica is Director of Human Rights & Ethics and Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at Artis. Ms. Fatica has over a decade of project management experience pertaining to M&E and compliance (fiscal, research & ethics) for domestic, foreign and multinational research programs as well as emergency management continuity of operations. She also acts as an independent ethics advisor for H2020 funded project involving research with human subjects in the EU and third countries.
Other affiliations include Field Research Project Manager at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University; Research Associate at the Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies at John Jay College, CUNY and Manitou Inc., NY. She was previously the Executive Director of the Center on Terrorism, an academic research center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as an Adjunct Lecturer in psychology at CUNY.
She received an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY (2006), in conjunction with a Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the Center on Terrorism; and obtained a B.S. in Communications from Northeastern University (2000).
- Alexandra VázquezResearch FellowAlexandra VázquezResearch Fellow
Alexandra Vázquez is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology at UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia). She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from UNED and undergraduate degree from the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid. Her research interests are focused on intergroup and intragroup relations. In particular, her main emphasis is on identity fusion.
- Baruch FischhoffSenior FellowBaruch FischhoffSenior Fellow
Baruch Fischhoff is a Howard Heinz University Professor in the Department of Social and Decision Sciences and Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where he heads the Decision Sciences major. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where he has served on many NAS/NRC/IOM committees and is currently chairing the Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security. Other committees and advisory boards include Environmental Protection Agency Scientific Advisory Board- Homeland Security Advisory Committee; the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee; the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism; the Department of State Global Expertise Program; the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee; and the Eugene, Oregon, Commission on the Rights of Women. His research includes risk communication, analysis and management; adolescent decision making; informed consent; security; and environmental protection. Dr. Fischhoff holds a BS in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an MA and PhD in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Noam FischhoffResearcherNoam FischhoffResearcher
Noam Fischhoff is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. As a research assistant at Carnegie Mellon Noam has studied American relations with Iraq and Pakistan, the Afghan-Soviet war, and other topics in international relations and social science. His research on Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah was used in a review prepared for Adm. Michael Mullen as he assumed the position of Chief of Naval Operations. Noam also did research for a project leading to the upcoming Carnegie Mellon-University of Pittsburgh conference on Human Rights Science for Casualty Recording and Estimation. His long-term interests are economic, social, political, and security issues in the Middle East and South Asia.
- Michele GelfandSenior FellowMichele GelfandSenior Fellow
Michele Gelfand is Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. Gelfand uses field, experimental, computational and neuroscientific methods to study the evolution of cultural differences, most notably, the strength of social norms, and their consequences for nations, states, organizations, and individuals. She also does research on the role of culture in negotiation and conflict and the psychology of revenge and forgiveness and diversity in organizations. Her work has been published in outlets such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, PLOS 1, Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Annual Review of Psychology, American Psychologist, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, among others.
Gelfand is the co-editor of The Handbook of Negotiation and Culture (with Jeanne Brett, Stanford University Press) and The Psychology of Conflict and Conflict Management in Organizations (with Carsten De Dreu, Erlbaum) and is the founding co-editor of the Advances in Culture and Psychology annual series and Frontiers of Culture and Psychology series (with CY Chiu and Ying-Yi Hong, Oxford University Press). She is the Past President of the International Association for Conflict Management, Past Division Chair of the Conflict Division of the Academy of Management, and Past Treasurer of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. She received the LL Cummings Career award from the Academy of Management and the Ernest J. McCormick Award for Early Career Contributions from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has won a number of other awards for her work, including the most recent Annaliese Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation which was given to 7 scientists worldwide for outstanding contributions in their fields. Her work that was published in Science was honored with the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues for the best paper published 2011. She recently received the 2016 Diener award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology which honors a mid-career scholar who has made major contributions to social psychology. See www.gelfand.umd.edu for sample papers.
- Jeremy GingesSenior FellowJeremy GingesSenior Fellow
Jeremy Ginges is an Associate Professor of Psychology and director of the Laboratory of Social and Political Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Prior to his current position he was on faculty in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan (2003-2006) and held a field research fellowship at the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania (2001-2002). His work explores is the role moral reasoning plays in binding people together to form meaningful social groups and the way moral reasoning, particularly over sacred values, influences the trajectory of cultural, political and violent conflicts. Jeremy received his PhD in Psychology from Tel Aviv University and obtained a MA (Psychology) and BA (Psychology and History) from Macquarie University in Australia.
- Ángel GómezSenior FellowÁngel GómezSenior Fellow
Ángel Gómez is a Professor of Social Psychology, and the director of the Research group “Social psychology of inter and intragroup relations: Strategies for improvement” at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, Madrid, Spain, where he received his PhD in 1998.
Together with Prof. William B. Swann Jr., he is one of the initiators of Identity fusion research, a visceral connection of an individual with a group that predicts pro-group behavior, as willingness to fight and die for the group and self-sacrifice. He is currently exploring the causes of identity fusion together with Profs. Swann and Harvey Whitehouse awarded but the John Templeton Foundation, University of Oxford.
He also continuously collaborate with international experts on strategies for improving intergroup relations and reducing intergroup conflicts and violence, as John, F. Dovidio, Linda, R. Tropp, Miles Hewstone, Ana Eller, Dominic Abrams, and Alexandra Vázquez, applying strategies as direct and extended intergroup contact, recategorization, and verification of ingroup identities.
- Victoria F. HaynesSenior FellowVictoria F. HaynesSenior Fellow
Dr. Victoria F. Haynes is former president and chief executive officer of RTI International, a global independent, nonprofit research, and development organization that provides a wide range of research and technical services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Before joining RTI in 1999, Victoria held leadership and managerial positions at Monsanto Company and Goodrich Corporation. Victoria currently serves on the Boards of Nucor Corporation, PPG Industries, Inc., DSM and Ziptronix, Inc., and also serves as the chair of the compensation committee for Nucor Corporation. She has previously served on boards of Archer Daniels Midland Company and The Lubrizol Corporation. For more than 35 years, Victoria has focused on technology leadership, strategy, organizational development, and new business development; she has won several awards in those areas. Victoria was elected in 2012 to the National Academy of Engineering. Victoria earned her doctorate degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in education from Boston University; her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Arie KruglanskiSenior FellowArie KruglanskiSenior Fellow
Arie W. Kruglanski is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Award, the Senior Humboldt Award, the Donald Campbell Award for Outstanding Contributions to Social Psychology from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, The University of Maryland Regents Award for Scholarship and Creativity, and the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and is recipient of the Regesz Chair at the University of Amsterdam. He was Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, and is Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He has served as editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, editor of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and associate editor of the American Psychologist. His interests have been in the domains of human judgment and decision making, the motivation-cognition interface, group and intergroup processes, and the psychology of human goals. His work has been disseminated in over 400 articles, chapters and books and has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, Deutsche Forschungs Gemeineschaft, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research and the Ford Foundation. He has recently served as panelist of the National Academy of Science panels on counterterrorism, and educational paradigms in homeland security. Kruglanski has been a founding co-PI of START (National Center for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism), at the University of Maryland, and is now a PI on 5-year MINERVA grant to study radicalization and deradicalization in the Middle East and in South and South East Asia. He also is the Outgoing President of the Society for the Study of Motivation.
- Nafees HamidFellowNafees HamidFellow
Nafees Hamid is a Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust scholar in the Terrorism and Organized Crime Unit in University College London's department of Security and Crime Science, and an associate fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague. His research focuses on the psychology of radicalization as well as the rise of right-wing nationalism in Europe. As a field researcher he conducts ethnographic interviews, large-scale surveys, psychology field experiments, crime mapping, social network analysis and neuroimaging studies. These broad range of studies has led him to being a visiting scholar at the Santa Fe Institute where he worked with faculty on developing mathematical complex systems models of radicalization based on his ethnographic and survey data; and a visiting scholar at the Neuroimaging Unit at the Autonomous University of Barcelona where worked with neuroscientists on conducting the first ever brain scan studies of jihadist supporters and radicalized individuals. In Europe, his primary field sites are Barcelona, Paris, Lunel, Brussels, London and Birmingham yet he works collaboratively with ARTIS’ expansive research network on various conflicts around the world. He earned his graduate degree in Cognitive Science from École Normale Supérieure in Paris and completed a double major in Cognitive Science and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. Previous to joining ARTIS, his research primarily focused on moral and political psychology as well as the cognitive impacts of HIV/AID’s medication, early detection markers of autism, and the embodiment of language. He has worked with many political organizations that have researched and communicated the effects of private campaign contributions on political decision-making, in the US. His career started as a professional stage and screen actor in the US and he continues to write and consult on film and TV scripts related to radicalization and international conflicts.
- Ray HobbsSenior FellowRay HobbsSenior Fellow
Ray’s professional career has been in electric energy including engineering, construction, operation, finance, and R&D. He has been the Principal Investigator in numerous US Department of Energy research projects dealing with advanced energy systems, energy storage, advanced fuels, coal gasification, and carbon management. He has participated in numerous energy related committees including the Western Governors Association, US Department of Energy, Society of Automotive Engineers, Electric Power Research Institute, Edison Electric Institute, Underwriters Laboratory, National Hydrogen Association, and United States Technical Advisory to the European IEC. He was a consultant to a major US Air carrier for electrification of its ground operations and international car manufacturer for alternative fuel infrastructure. Ray has been a technical consultant for hydrogen systems, biofuel process development, hazards assessment & protocols of chemical processes, and has participated in the Board of Directors of several industry organizations. Ray is a registered professional engineer in Arizona and Colorado. He received two Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of West Virginia in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Masters in Business Administration from New Mexico Highlands University.
- Rumen IlievResearcherRumen IlievResearcher
Rumen Iliev is postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University / University of Michigan. His work in on the overlap between cognition, morality and culture. He has conducted research on sacred values, the role of causal perception in moral reasoning, and on context effects in moral choice. A recent interest is automated text analysis and using web data as a tool for conducting psychological research. He holds an MA in Psychology from Sofia University and a Ph.D in Psychology from Northwestern University.
- Vincent LiuSenior FellowVincent LiuSenior Fellow
Vincent Liu, founder and managing partner of Stach & Liu, led the Attack & Penetration and Reverse Engineering teams for the Global Security unit at Honeywell International. Prior to that, he was a consultant with the Ernst & Young Advanced Security Centers and an analyst at the National Security Agency. Vincent has extensive experience conducting risk assessments, performing application code reviews, and supporting incident response situations. He is an industry speaker and has presented his research at conferences including BlackHat, ToorCon, and Microsoft BlueHat; his work is published in journals, and several best-selling books with highlights including: Hacking Exposed: Wireless, Ajax Security (technical editor), and the upcoming Hacking Exposed: Web Applications. Mr. Liu holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Computer Science and Engineering and a minor in Psychology.
- Ximena LoisFellowXimena LoisFellow
- Lucía López-RodríguezResearcherLucía López-RodríguezResearcher
Lucía has been a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology at University of Almeria (UAL) and at University of Granada (UGR) in Spain. She has been a Research Assistant in a funded project regarding the intercultural relations between host and immigrant populations (especially between Spanish and Moroccan people living in Spain). Her PhD thesis focused on the role of stereotypes (especially those related to moral traits) in shaping the majority’s acculturation preferences about minority groups. Her work has also been focused on the mediating role of perceived intergroup threat, identity fusion, and the cognitive and emotional mechanisms that underlie self-sacrifice. She has been visiting researcher at Royal Holloway University of London (UK), and Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca (Italy). She has also several publications regarding intergroup prejudice, stereotypes, and acculturation processes. Lucía obtained her International Ph.D in Psychology (Psychosocial Analysis of Intergroup Relations) from University of Almeria (2013), her MS in Psychology of Social Intervention from University of Granada (2010), and her BS in Psychology from University of Salamanca (2009). Her current research interests are related to identity fusion and the relation to extreme behavior.
- Rob MacCuspieCHM FellowRob MacCuspieCHM FellowRob MacCuspie has a passion for making the world a better place through health, education and the environment. MacCuspie is a leader at the interface of science, business and education, with experience in the US National Laboratory system, academia, industry. He founded MacCuspie Innovations in 2015 serving as a trusted advisor to CEOs and CTOs and startup founders, after being the First Faculty and a Trustee at Florida Polytechnic University on their startup team. MacCuspie holds a PhD in Nanotechnology and Materials Chemistry from the City University of New York, has written two book chapters and 42 peer-reviewed manuscripts cited over 2,800 times, and holds one US patent.
- Whit MasonSenior FellowWhit MasonSenior Fellow
Whit Mason is CEO of Mason Change Communications (MCC), which fosters open national political orders and pluralism in pursuit of long-term stability.
He began his career as a journalist, in 1991 founding a newspaper in Novosibirsk, editing a paper in Vladivostok, working in Hong Kong as a staffwriter for Asiaweek magazine, and reporting for CBS News on wars in Croatia and Bosnia and from the Korean Peninsula. Based in Istanbul as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, he investigated political culture and religion in Turkey, Iran and the Balkans. He was based in Pristina as an International Crisis Group analyst, then became communications strategist and speechwriter for the UN’s Kosovo mission, and with Iain King, CBE, co-authored Peace at Any Price: How the World Failed Kosovo. He later became strategist for the Coalition’s biggest Iraqi change communications operation. After heading the UN’s southern Afghanistan justice coordination office, he published The Rule of Law in Afghanistan: Missing in Inaction (Cambridge University Press). He headed Internews Azerbaijan, managed the research and ‘lessons learned’ programme of the Australian Civil-Military Centre, and was Communications and Outreach Director for USAID Pakistan.
He created MCC in 2014 when he was asked by the British government to help the government of Ukraine to communicate a credible post-revolution vision. Current projects include countering violent extremism in Indonesia, promoting peaceful development in Pakistan, advising governments in the Balkans on policies to support open, stable societies, and developing new approaches to deterrence for the UK Ministry of Defence.
He studied the history of ideas at the University of Washington, religion and international affairs at Boston University, international relations at Cambridge and law at the University of New South Wales. As non-resident fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, he co-wrote Zealous Democrats: Islamists and democracy in Egypt, Turkey and Indonesia. He serves on the Liberal Democrats’ Britain in the World Policy Group and is a member of HMG’s Civilian Deployment Group.
- Douglas MedinSenior FellowDouglas MedinSenior Fellow
Douglas Medin is the Louis W. Menk Professor in Psychology and Education & Social Policy at Northwestern University. He previously taught at Rockefeller University, the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan. Best known for his research on concepts and categorization, his recent research interests have extended to cross-cultural studies of biological categorization and reasoning, cultural and cognitive dimensions of moral reasoning and decision making, and culturally- and community-based science education. This latter work has been conducted in the form of a partnership involving the American Indian Center of Chicago, the Menominee tribe of Wisconsin and Northwestern University. He has conducted research on cognition and learning among both indigenous and majority culture populations in Guatemala, Brazil, Mexico and the United States. Recently he served on the NRC committee on Informal Science Learning. Dr. Medin obtained his PhD and MA in Psychology from University of South Dakota and his BA from Moorhead State College.
- Rachida MoukniFellowRachida MoukniFellow
Rachida Moukni has 25 years of experience working with Moroccan youth, and 34 years in
the fields of education and vocational training.
Ms. Moukni has held several senior positions at the Ministry of National Education of
Morocco. Other former positions include: professor of French; Senior Educational and
Vocational Guidance Counselor; Master Trainer in behavioral skills (General Electric
program). She has also served as a specialized consultant with local Moroccan and
international organizations working with women and young people living in areas of
exclusion and marginality, or suffering violence of any kind. She currently heads
communication for a project promoting women’s rights in Morocco sponsored by the NGO
Italy ProgettoMondo Mlal, co-funded by the European Union.
Rachida studied education economics at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
- Richard NisbettSenior FellowRichard NisbettSenior Fellow
The University of Michigan
Theodore M. Newcomb Distinguished University Professor, 1992-
Co-Director, Culture and Cognition Program, 1991-
Director, Research Center for Group Dynamics, 1989-1996.
Director, Cognitive Science Program, 1983-1984.
Professor of Psychology, 1976-
Associate Professor of Psychology, 1971-1976.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, 1966-1971.
A.B., 1962, Tufts University, Psychology major.
Ph.D., 1966, Columbia University, Department of Social Psychology.
A.B. Summa cum laude, Society of Scholars, Phi Beta Kappa.
John W. Burgess Honorary Fellowship 1964; University Fellow, 1962-1963; President’s Fellow, 1963-1965; NSF Fellow, 1965-1966.
Langfeld Lecturer, Princeton University, 1980.
Invited to be a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, 1981.
Donald T. Campbell Award for Distinguished Research in Social Psychology, awarded by the American Psychological Association, 1982.
Donald Taylor Memorial Lecturer, Yale University, 1984.
Invited Address: British Psychological Society Meeting, 1985.
William Howard Taft Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cincinnati, 1989.
Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, American Psychological Association, 1991.
Ernest Hilgard Lecturer, Stanford University, 1992.
Carl Hovland Lecturer, Yale University, 1992.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1992.
Invited Address: French Psychological Society, 1993.
Distinguished Senior Scientist Award, Society for Experimental Social Psychology, 1995
Wei Lun Visiting Professor of Psychology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1995.
William James Fellow Award for Distinguished Scientific Achievements, American Psychological Society, 1996.
Invited Address, American Psychological Society, 1997.
J. McKeen Cattell Fellowship Award, 1998.
Keynote Address, Human Behavior and Evolution Society, 1998.
Edward E. Jones Memorial Lectures, Princeton University, 2001.
Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar, 2001
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 2002
Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 2002
- Nadine ObeidFellowNadine ObeidFellow
Nadine Obeid, PhD is a clinical psychologist who is interested in the multiple facets of perception, identity, conflict and its resolution in both her research and clinical work. Her research work has included qualitative and quantitative studies in Lebanon with diverse religious communities, looking at the roles of sacred values and moral worldviews in intergroup cooperation and conflict and at beliefs of gender relations and domestic violence. Her interest in intergroup relations is reciprocally informed by her analytical work in her consulting room. She is currently pursuing a four year postdoctoral psychoanalytical training at The William Alanson White Institute, which emphasizes the roles of interpersonal, social and cultural factors in understanding how people influence and react to one another and how ruptures and repairs are meaningfully negotiated in the treatment dyad. She obtained her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research, NYC and two BAs in Psychology and in Film Studies from Concordia University, Montreal. She holds Supervising Faculty positions at The New School, Ferkauf Graduate school of Psychology and Lenox Hill Hospital.
- Bethany OjalehtoResearcherBethany OjalehtoResearcher
Bethany Ojalehto is a graduate student in Cognitive Psychology at Northwestern University. Her research explores how people conceptualize agency and ecologies, with a focus on cultural variation in concepts of nonhuman beings (plants, animals, and other natural kinds) and human relationships with their environments. She has been fortunate to develop these research perspectives through visits to an indigenous Ngöbe community of Panama, where she has collaborated in research and cultural education projects since 2010. Her work with advisors Douglas Medin and Sandra Waxman has appeared in Trends in Cognitive Sciences and the Annual Review of Psychology. Prior to her work in Panama, she conducted cognitive research in a Kenyan refugee camp, and joined refugee journalists in advocating for freedom of speech in those camps (www.kanere.org). She received her B.Sc. in psychology and human rights from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology in 2008, and her M.Sc. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern University in 2012. These various endeavors have been supported by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Foundation for Endangered Languages, the National Science Foundation, a Fulbright Fellowship, and Northwestern and Cornell Universities.
- Daniel OstergaardSenior FellowDaniel OstergaardSenior Fellow
Dr. Daniel Ostergaard has worked closely with Artis for ten years. His research is focused on national security, terrorism, critical infrastructure and international business. In addition, he serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of International Business at the University of South Carolina’s (USC) Darla Moore School of Business. Ostergaard has developed and taught a range of classes including economic globalization, risk, strategy, security, crises leadership and international business. He is also engaged in corporate executive education blending international business and security.
Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Ostergaard’s career spanned 20 years in government, national security and the private sector. Immediately prior to USC, Ostergaard led a regional economic development think-tank and served as an Associate Professor of Management and International Business and as an Adjunct Professor of Applied Criminology, teaching both international business and homeland security-related courses, at Western Carolina University.
While in Washington, D.C., Ostergaard was the Founder and President of Pelorus Enterprises, LLC, providing business development and governmental relations services for public and private, domestic and international clients.
Prior to this, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) where his duties included serving as a senior policy advisor (SES rank) to both Honorable Secretaries of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.
After 9/11, he served the Executive Office of Governor Jeb Bush (Florida) as the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Liaison in Washington, D.C., for the Governor’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Focusing on a host of security-related issues relating to the role of state, local and tribal governments, Ostergaard worked closely with both White House, Congress and various public and private sector partners to develop and share best practices. Additionally, he was also elected to a municipal office to serve as an ANC Commissioner for the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Prior to his service with Governor Bush, Ostergaard served on active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. A seagoing officer, Ostergaard served aboard several cutters in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans including command of a patrol boat and a shore-based rescue station. He led numerous homeland security, search and rescue, counter narcotics, and environmental protection operations. He also served as the Federal and State Liaison for the Coast Guard’s Office of Governmental and Public Affairs and was the Budget and Fiscal Manager for the Atlantic Major Cutter Fleet.
Ostergaard graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelors of Science in Government. He holds two Masters Degrees: a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (where he was also the student body President) and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration (concentration: International Business) at the University of South Carolina in December 2016 with a dissertation entitled Business and Security in the Age of Terrorism: The Long-Term Effects of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks on Seaport Governance and Control.
With his family, Ostergaard also founded Smoky Mountain Heritage Farm and raised organic heritage breeds of livestock and heirloom fruit. He has volunteered as a soccer coach for his children’s various teams first in Asheville, NC, and then Columbia, SC, for 11 seasons. He served on the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Board of Directors and now serves as a Board Member on the Irmo High School Education Foundation. He is an Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America.
- Sam ParrySenior FellowSam ParrySenior Fellow
Sam Parry has 40 years experience in military operations research. He conducted studies and developed models for the US Army in the areas of combat simulation, test and evaluation, analysis of alternatives and human factors engineering. His work with ARTIS includes developing curriculum for five Cyber security courses in conjunction with Stach & Liu, Inc. In addition to his work with ARTIS, he is currently developing a new paradigm for planning and conducting field tests for DoD systems using Bayesian formulations for the Institute for Defense Analyses. Also, he is developing strategies and opportunities with Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International for marketing RTI technologies for the Department of Defense. As a Senior Operations Research consultant for The Boeing Company, he has conducted studies for International Business Development using the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation for Israel, Taiwan, Japan, Kuwait, Korea, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, in addition to a 2 year study of the effectiveness of directed energy lethal and non-lethal weapons. He retired as Professor of Operations Research at the Naval Postgraduate School in 1998. He was inducted into the U.S. Army ORSA Hall of Fame on November 14, 2007 and the Dr. Samuel H. Parry Modeling and Simulation Laboratory at the U. S. Army TRADOC Analysis Center, Monterey, CA was dedicated on March 23, 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research/Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University; a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Lawrence PintakSenior FellowLawrence PintakSenior Fellow
Lawrence Pintak has been called the foremost chronicler of the interaction between the Arab and Western media worlds. A former CBS News Middle East correspondent, Pintak is now founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. His research focuses on America’s relationship with the Muslim world, the role of the media in shaping global perceptions and government policy, and the future of journalism in a digital/globalized world.
Pintak reported on the birth of modern suicide bombing and the rise of Hezbollah in Beirut, the Iran-Iraq War, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and a variety of other stories across the Middle East. His career extends from the Carter White House to the Indonesian revolution; Armenia to Zimbabwe. He has won two Overseas Press Club awards and was twice nominated for international Emmys. Prior to WSU, Pintak served as director of the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism Training and Research at The American University in Cairo.
He is the host of The Murrow Interview, a series of broadcast conversations with leading figures in international affairs and global journalism. His work frequently appears in The New York Times, ForeignPolicy.com, CNN.com, the International Herald Tribune, The Seattle Times and a variety of other publications and he is frequently interviewed by NPR, CNN, Al Jazeera English, BBC and news organizations around the world.
Pintak’s books include The New Arab Journalist (I.B. Tauris, 2011); Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam & the War of Ideas (2006); Seeds of Hate: How America’s Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad (2003); and Beirut Outtakes (1988). He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales.
- Clara PretusFellowClara PretusFellow
Clara Pretus is a predoctoral researcher at the Department of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), and a Researcher at Artis. She earned her Master’s degree in Neuroscience from King’s College London in 2012 and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Berlin) as a student assistant. Her research is focused on the neural substrates underlying cognitive and affective aspects of decision-making, specifically when highly protected group values involved in inter-cultural conflict are invoked. She is specialized in computational analysis of neuroimaging data and conducts psychological experiments in the lab.
- Tage RaiFellowTage RaiFellow
Tage Rai is a Research Associate and Lecturer in Marketing at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on morality, violence, culture, conflict resolution, organizational justice, and corporate personhood. Tage’s primary line of research examines the psychology of violence that is driven by moral motives, which he studies using experimental, ethnographic, survey, and modeling methods. His work has been published in leading journals including Psychological Review, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Cognitive Science, and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, among others, and his book, Virtuous Violence, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. Tage’s research has been featured in Nature, The New Yorker, Edge Magazine, Time, National Public Radio, BBC, The Guardian, Huffington Post, New Scientist, Aeon, and Quartz, among others. In 2017, he received a Rising Star designation from the Association for Psychological Science, which is presented annually to the top 100 early career psychologists. Prior to joining the Sloan School at MIT, Tage was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Ford Center for Global Citizenship at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2012-2015). Tage received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from UCLA in 2012.
- Vikram RaoSenior FellowVikram RaoSenior Fellow
In addition to his role as Senior Fellow at ARTIS, Vikram Rao is the Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium, a non-profit in energy founded by Duke University, North Carolina State University, RTI International and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He recently retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Halliburton Company where he was responsible for the Company’s technology effort, as well as the setup and management of the intellectual asset management function.
Previously Dr. Rao also held executive management positions in Research and Development, Product Launch, Reservoir Studies, and Sales and Marketing. He joined the Company in 1974 as a Senior Research Engineer.
Dr. Rao serves in technical and business advisory capacities to energy companies, technology companies, NGO’s and universities, in the US and elsewhere. He has served on the Boards of numerous start ups.
Dr. Rao holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, along with a master’s degree and a doctorate in engineering from Stanford University. He is the author of more than 40 publications and has been awarded 26 patents.
- Charles RoganAdvisor to the President | Policy FellowCharles RoganAdvisor to the President | Policy Fellow
Charles Rogan is Advisor to the President and a Policy Fellow for Artis International, Artis Research & Risk Modeling, and Artis LookingGlass. The suite of Artis companies conduct interdisciplinary field-based scientific research in conflict zones, to understand violence, conflict, and ultimately improve the human condition and international security. The Arits companies work with government organizations, universities and private sector entities in risk management and conflict resolution and mitigation efforts across the globe. Charles is the Washington D.C. representative for the suite of Artis companies.
Charles is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College and the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.
Charles is a Middle East specialist who focuses on irregular warfare, non-state actors, and the power politics of the Gulf. The scope of Charles’s work covers real-time open-source analysis and social media analysis; this work forms the bedrock for his work on policy matters.
Charles has played a key role in scientific research on nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, sacred values and willingness to fight, and the Devoted Actor model. He has also supported the design of survey instruments for field-use in the Middle East.
Charles holds a Graduate Degree in Military Strategy and International Economics from the Paul. H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and an Undergraduate Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in International Relations, majoring in Middle East Politics and Political Islam from the University of Leeds.
- Benjamin RunkleSenior FellowBenjamin RunkleSenior Fellow
Benjamin Runkle holds a doctorate in Government from Harvard University. He has served in the Department of Defense, as a Director on the National Security Council, as a Professional Staff Member on the House Armed Services Committee, and as an advisor in the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. He is a former Army officer, to include service in Operation Iraqi Freedom during which he was awarded the Bronze Star. His current research topics include counterterrorism, cybersecurity, irregular warfare, and the Middle East.
Dr. Runkle is a former political scientist with the RAND Corporation and co-author of over a dozen studies on U.S. Iraq, Middle East, and counterterrorism strategies, including Occupying Iraq: A History of the Coalition Provisional Authority (2009) and After the War: Nation-Building from FDR to George W. Bush (2008). He is the author of Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). His writing on national security has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian (UK), The Jerusalem Post, Tablet Magazine, Joint Forces Quarterly, RealClearDefense.com, WarOnTheRocks.com, and Small Wars Journal, amongst other publications.
- Marc SagemanSenior Fellow & Co-FounderMarc SagemanSenior Fellow & Co-Founder
In addition to his position at ARTIS, Marc Sageman is Principal of Sageman Consulting, LLC and maintains private practice in clinical and forensic psychiatry. He also holds various academic positions relating to medicine, conflict and policy (Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, University of Maryland), as well as fellowships (Foreign Policy Research Institute, Center for Strategic International Studies, American Psychiatric Association). After 9/11/01, Marc started collecting biographical material on about 400 al Qaeda terrorists to test the validity of the conventional wisdom on terrorism. As an expert on al Qaeda and related terrorist organizations, he has consulted with numerous agencies and branches of the U.S. Government, as well as foreign governments and enforcement organizations. Sageman may be the only person to have testified before both the 9/11 Commission in the U.S. and the Beslan Commission in Russia. Dr. Sageman holds a Ph.D., New York University: M.D., New York University; M.A., New York University; A.B., Harvard College. His residency in Psychiatry was at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
- Hammad SheikhFellowHammad SheikhFellow
Hammad Sheikh is a postdoctoral research fellow at the New School for Social Research and the Center on Terrorism (CUNY). He received a Psycholgie Diplom (equivalent to MSc) from the Free University of Berlin in 2008 and a PhD in social psychology from the New School for Social Research in 2014. Prior to his studies at the New School, he conducted research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the University College Dublin, and the Free University of Berlin. His research focuses on the psychology of intergroup conflict and intragroup cooperation, and utilizes a diversity of methods including focus groups, interviews, large-scale surveys, and cognitive experiments. He is currently examining the role that religious ritual and sacredness play in creating commitment to group interests, leading to prosocial behaviors, and in the context of intergroup conflict, to political violence.
- Khalil ShikakiSenior FellowKhalil ShikakiSenior Fellow
Dr. Khalil Shikaki is an Associate Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah). He finished his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1985, and taught at several universities including Bir Zeit University, al-Najah National University, the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), and the University of South Florida (Tampa). He spent Summer 2002 as a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC. Dr. Shikaki has conducted more than 100 polls among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since 1993. His recent publications include Palestinian Public Opinion and the Peace Process: Long Term Trends and Policy Implications (Washington DC: United States Institute of Peace, 2005), forthcoming, “The Future of Palestine,” Foreign Affairs (November-December 2004); Building a State, Building a Peace: How to make a Roadmap that Works for Palestinians and Israelis (The Brookings Institution: Washington DC, Summer 2003); The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Oslo and the Lessons of Failure (East Sussex: Sussex Academic Press, 2002), co-editor with Robert Rothstein and Moshe Ma’oz; “Self-Serving Perception of Terrorism Among Israelis and Palestinians,: Political Psychology (September 2002), pp. 537-557, with Jacob Shamir; “Determinants of Reconciliation and Compromise among Israelis and Palestinians,” Journal of Peace Research (March 2002), pp.185-202, with Jacob Shamir; “Palestinians Divided,” Foreign Affairs (January-February 2002); “How Palestinians View the Oslo Process,” Internationale Politik – Transatlantic Edition (Winter 2001); and, Strengthening Palestinian Public Institutions, with Yezid Sayigh as principal authors (New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1999).
- Sean SmithTechnology FellowSean SmithTechnology Fellow
Sean Smith is a Research, Communications and Technology Fellow at ARTIS Research & Risk Modeling. ARTIS engages in interdisciplinary scientific field research and consulting on conflict, energy, and cyber warfare on five continents with various government agencies, universities, non-profits and private sector clients.
Sean’s interests include conflict research, communicating that research through non-traditional media mediums, the relationship of theology and media and the role of theology on the human condition, including its application in conflict.
Sean is currently engaged in two related projects: 1) In a collaboration between ARTIS, the University of Oxford and the World Federation of Scientists, he is working to understand the theological motivations of nuclear ambition in the Middle East; and 2) under the leadership of The Lord Alderdice, he is working to understand theological innovation and media application after the end of conflict in Northern Ireland. He also has an appointment as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona Christian University.
Sean has served as an advisor and consultant for several start-up businesses, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and political campaigns.
In collaboration with NGOs, he has worked to support development efforts in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Mexico, including efforts to provide clean drinking water, food, shelter and worship centers. In the weeks following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he led humanitarian missions to deliver relief supplies to displaced persons.
Sean holds an M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Hope International University.
- Douglas StoneSenior FellowDouglas StoneSenior Fellow
Dr. Douglas Stone is the chairman and CEO of Rail Networks International. He has served as President/CEO of GammaLink, President/CEO of Decisive Technology, led business and strategic development at Qwest Communications, and was a Senior Vice President at Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He has also served on the USMC Reserve Policy Board, the Board of Directors for the Toys for Tots Foundation, and on the Board of Advisors to the Naval Post Graduate School.
A 37-year veteran of the US Marine Corps Reserve, he retired in 2010 at the rank of Major General. Dr. Stone was appointed by President Obama to be his special advisor to the UN on counter-terrorism and contributed to the development of the UN member nation signature document, the Rome Memorandum, which provides guidelines for rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremist offenders.
Dr. Stone obtained a BS from the United States Naval Academy, Masters Degrees in Human Resource Management, Public Administration, and Business Management from Pepperdine, University of Southern California, and Stanford Universities, a Masters Degree in International Security from the Naval War College and a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.
- Adolf TobeñaSenior FellowAdolf TobeñaSenior Fellow
Adolf Tobeña is full Professor of Psychiatry at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) where he was Chairman of the Dept. of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine (2001-2011) and the director of a research team working on the Neurobiology of fearfulness at the Unit of Medical Psychology, School of Medicine, Bellaterra. Dr. Tobeña is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry (University of London), and at the Universities of Groningen, Tel Aviv and Venice; Invited lecturer at Spanish Universities, various research centers and international and local meetings. He participates in regular broadcasting programs and written columns in Barcelona media on scientific topics, and is the recipient of numerous awards.
- Oscar VilarroyaSenior FellowOscar VilarroyaSenior Fellow
Oscar Vilarroya is an MD and PhD who heads the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit and the Social Brain Chair at the UAB and the Neuroimaging Research group at the Fundació IMIM, Barcelona. As a researcher, he has published studies in the field of neuroimaging of psychiatric diseases, as well as in the domain of cognitive science and theoretical neurobiology. Vilarroya has developed theoretical models applied to the neurobiological study of normal and abnormal cognition (The Dissolution of Mind Rodopi, NY 2002), and has used this theoretical background to apply neuroimaging techniques to the study of psychiatric illness, as well as cognitive functions in general. In this sense, Vilarroya contributed to the creation in 2003 the Unitat de Recerca en Neurociència Cognitiva (URNC) in the Department of Psychiatry at UAB. Since then, he has contributed with to the publication of nearly 20 articles in indexed journals of which 15 are in the top quartiles of their disciplines. In the last five years, Vilarroya has also been awarded three competitive projects (two national and one European) and 3 more by direct contract. The URNC has been consolidated in structural and functional MRI, including semi-automatic, manual and functional protocols. The URNC is already considered one of the most relevant neuroimaging units within ADHD, with publications that are now a pioneering reference (one 2005 paper with 60 citations in Web of Knowledge), and publications that offer one of the early diagnostic signs in psychiatry based on neuroimaging.
- Allon VishkinResearch FellowAllon VishkinResearch Fellow
Allon Vishkin is a postdoctoral researcher at The New School / University of Michigan. He conducts research on culture, emotion, and motivation. He was previously a fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute’s program on Judaism and Human Rights. Allon received his PhD and MA in Psychology from the Hebrew University and a BS (Psychology) and BA (Economics and Linguistics) from the University of Maryland.
- Hoshang WaziriFellowHoshang WaziriFellow
Hoshang Waziri is a writer and researcher of politically motivated violence in the Middle East and is currently based in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. His book, “Between Two Iraqs”, was published by Noon Publishing House in 2014. His research has contributed to many scientific studies and peer-reviewed publications and his writings appear in Arabic newspapers such as al-Hayat, al-Esbuiya, Assafir and in English in Open Democracy and the Sentinel. In addition to his research and writing, he has written plays and theatrical essays. His play, Ishmael’s Places, won first prize in the Arab Theatre Institute’s competition for 2015.
- Michael PasekResearch FellowMichael PasekResearch Fellow
Michael is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at The New School for Social Research and holds appointments as a Research Fellow at Artis International and Beyond Conflict. As a social psychologist, Michael studies intergroup relations with a particular focus on the ways in which religion, as both a group membership and system of beliefs, affects moral decision-making, social attitudes, and behaviors in intergroup contexts. He also studies intergroup relations along racial, political, and sexual orientation lines, with an emphasis on how social psychological theory can be leveraged to advance social change and promote equality. Michael earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and is a proud graduate of Bates College, where he earned a B.A. in political psychology.
- Dylan WeberResearch FellowDylan WeberResearch Fellow
Dylan Weber is a PhD candidate in applied mathematics in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University. He also holds a BA in mathematics and a BA in theoretical physics from St. Mary's College of Maryland. On the theoretical side, his research is concerned with interacting particle systems on networks and collective dynamics. In this arena, his work is mainly focused on the phenomena of consensus. Additionally, he is interested in applying machine learning and other data techniques to leverage lessons learned from theory in real-world applications.
- Decker WeissSenior FellowDecker WeissSenior Fellow
Dr. Decker Weiss left a successful cardiology practice to accept a position as Senior Fellow for Artis Research. Dr. Weiss brings a combination of third world and conflict zone medical work (Haiti and Tibet) with medical research (HIV, Cardiovascular, and Immune) to Artis, while he develops the new Artis Center for Medicine and Field Research in Conflict and Distressed Areas. Dr. Weiss went to Western Illinois University for his undergraduate work, and performed his graduate biochemistry at Grand Canyon University. After medical school Dr. Weiss performed his internship, residency, and fellowship in the Columbia Hospital System, the Arizona Heart Institute, and the Arizona Heart hospital. Dr. Weiss is considered a world wide expert in disease prevention, pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches to chronic disease, and maternal, infant, and children’s nutrition.
- Gordon WeissSenior FellowGordon WeissSenior Fellow
Gordon, an Australian who is the son of a Czech refugee, worked as a journalist with Radio Free Europe before embarking on a successful career in external communications with a range of UN agencies, most recently heading communications for UN Habitat. His career in the Balkans, Central Asia, Africa, South Asia, former Soviet Union states, and South-East Asia has focused on armed groups, terrorism, state building, post-conflict peace and reconstruction, war crimes, and consensus building. He is the author of a critically acclaimed and popular book, The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers.
- Kamil YilmazResearch FellowKamil YilmazResearch Fellow
Dr. Yilmaz has eighteen years of theoretical and hands-on experience in security,
counterterrorism and socio-political analysis. He has worked collaboratively with security
professionals, sociologists and anthropologists to do fieldwork in various topics related to
security, which include radicalization/de-radicalization/rehabilitation of individuals from
terrorist groups, policy analyses on legal aspects of governments’ counterterrorism practices
and political risk analysis.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate students in counterterrorism, international politics,
discourse analysis and research methods, based both on theory and practice. He has also
trained security professionals and local government officials on protection of critical
infrastructures, emergency management and counterterrorism.
In addition to numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, he has published a book entitled
“Disengaging from Terrorism: Lessons from the Turkish Penitents” (Routledge 2014), which has
been reviewed as being one of the most innovative books on terrorism and political violence.
Yilmaz holds a PhD in applied (political) anthropology from Columbia University (2012). He also
holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of CRJ in New York and three
Master’s degrees from Columbia University in the fields of International Affairs, Political
Anthropology and Applied Anthropology. He worked at various international organizations such
as the United Nations (UN) in New York and Beirut, and the Southeast European Law
Enforcement Center (SELEC) in Bucharest, Romania. He is interested in Computational Social
Science and his research interests include political violence, anthropology of terrorism,
radicalization and deradicalization processes related to terrorism, identity politics, elite
formation and circulation, as well as international security and relations.
- Richard MillingtonDirector Of CommunicationsRichard MillingtonDirector Of Communications
- Lydia WilsonResearch FellowLydia WilsonResearch Fellow
Lydia Wilson is a research fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford; research fellow at Artis International; and a visiting scholar at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, the Graduate Center, City University New York.
She graduated with a BA in Natural Sciences, an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science, and a PhD in medieval Arabic philosophy, all from the University of Cambridge. During a postdoctoral research position in 2011, also at Cambridge, Lydia joined Artis International, starting with fieldwork in Northern Iraq. Work with Artis continued during a Mellon Fellowship at the Graduate Center, City University New York, and the founding of CRIC; fieldwork sites expanded to Lebanon and Northern Ireland (as well as continuing the work in Iraq), and responsibilities expanded to mentoring and training younger field workers. As well as her academic publications, Lydia writes for the Times Literary Supplement (on both medieval and modern Middle Eastern studies), the Nation, Nautilus, Rain Taxi, open democracy and others, and edits the Cambridge Literary Review (www.cambridgeliteraryreview.org).
Forthcoming academic publications include a contribution to a book on “living with armed groups”, about working with the PKK in northern Iraq, and articles on the reasons females travel from Western countries to join the Islamic State.
Research with ARTIS includes regular fieldwork in the Middle East, currently concentrating on the situation in Lebanon and Iraq. Research techniques draw on psychology and anthropology and also include a historical context. Lydia provides data from acutely distressed regions considered inaccessible by some researchers, improving the ability of ARTIS to understand crisis zones in the both in the short and long terms. As part of this development in ARTIS capabilities, she mentors current and future fieldworkers in various and varied environments to build up ARTIS presence and expertise around the world.
- Sundeep WaslekarSenior FellowSundeep WaslekarSenior Fellow
Sundeep Waslekar is President of Strategic Foresight Group, a think-tank based in India that advises governments and institutions around the world on managing future challenges. He has worked with or on 50 countries from 4 continents. He has presented new policy concepts at committees of the Indian Parliament, the European Parliament, UK Houses of Commons and Lords, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, League of Arab States, World Economic Forum (Davos meetings), among others.
Sundeep has been involved in parallel diplomatic exercises to find common ground in times of crisis. Since the mid-1990s, he has facilitated dialogue between Indian and Pakistani decision makers and Kashmiri leaders, heads of Nepalese political parties, and post 9/11 between the leaders of Western and Islamic countries.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1983 from Oxford University, and was conferred D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) of Symbiosis International University, at hands of President of India, in December 2011.
- Juan ZarateSenior FellowJuan ZarateSenior Fellow
Juan Zarate is the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Financial Integrity Network, the Senior National Security Analyst for CBS News, and a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the Harvard Law School. Mr. Zarate also serves as the Chairman and Senior Counselor for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF), a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and a Senior Fellow to the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
Mr. Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009, and was responsible for developing and implementing the U.S. Government’s counterterrorism strategy and policies related to transnational security threats. Mr. Zarate was the first ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes where he led domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, the innovative use of Treasury’s national security-related powers, and the global hunt for Saddam Hussein’s assets. Mr. Zarate is a former federal prosecutor who served on terrorism prosecution teams prior to 9/11, including the investigation of the USS Cole attack. Mr. Zarate has earned numerous awards for his work, including the Treasury Medal.
Mr. Zarate sits on several boards, including HSBC’s global Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee (FSVC) and the HBMX FSVC, the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF), the Board of Advisors to the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security, America Abroad Media’s (AAM) Board of Advisors, the RANE Network Board, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group, and the Coinbase Board of Advisors. He is a senior adviser to several technology companies and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He is the author of Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare (2013), Forging Democracy (1994), and a variety of articles in The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, LA Times, the Washington Quarterly and other publications.
Mr. Zarate has his own weekly national security program on CBSNews.com called “Flash Points.” He is a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a former Rotary International Fellow (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain). He has been inducted into the Mater Dei High School Ring of Honor.
- Ahmet CelikResearch FellowAhmet CelikResearch Fellow
Dr. Celik is an honorary research associate at University College of London and founding director of Global Center for Security Studies, a London based research institution. He also lectures at many higher education institutions on a part time basis.
He earned his master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice of City University of New York and doctoral degree from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, The State University of New Jersey. He has also successfully completed a graduate level Advanced Security Studies Program at Marshall Center, The European Center for Security Studies in Germany.
During his twenty-five years of successful law enforcement experience, he held various positions including UN peacekeeper in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Deputy Counsellor for Security Affairs at the London Turkish Embassy. He has also played pivotal roles in many successful national and international conferences including Istanbul Conference on Global Security I and II, 2008 Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) Symposium, NATO Advanced Research Workshops in DC and 2008 Peacekeeping Summit at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in New Jersey. He has been awarded a UN Medal and many commendations at national and international levels.
While he was working as a professional, he also managed to produce numerous academic works to keep his scholarly agenda alive. He helped the translation of two of the US Department of Justice (USDOJ)’s books, co-authored a textbook, co-edited two books, and published highly cited scholarly articles.
His research and teaching interests are primarily in the areas of terrorism, national security, transnational crime, policing in post conflict territories, peacekeeping, policing, and comparative policing which is compatible with his professional and academic background.