Artis International Co-Founders



Co-Founder: Director of Research

Scott Atran 2016 Davos photo


Co-Founder: Director of Research

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.

  • Aiken, Michael
    Aiken, Michael

    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.

  • Atran, Emiliano Dean
    Atran, Emiliano Dean

    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.

  • Atran, Scott
    Co-Founder: Director of Research
    Atran, Scott
    Co-Founder: Director of Research

    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.

  • Axelrod, Robert
    Senior Fellow
    Axelrod, Robert
    Senior 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.

  • Buckley, Tess
    Director of Communications
    Buckley, Tess
    Director of Communications

    Tess M. Buckley is a Senior Analyst and Director of Communications at Artis International.  Her research focuses primarily on attitude and behavior change as well as resistance to persuasive appeals.  She uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how mediated, interpersonal, and organizational messages influence individuals' attitudes and behaviors, as well as the efficacy of tailored communication to enhance individual and societal well-being. Her dissertation, “Moral Matching: Strategic Messaging to Overcome Barriers to Persuasion” experimentally tested the effects of moral frames in persuasive appeals to communicate health information across political divides. 

    In addition to her role at Artis, Dr. Buckley is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Chapman University where she received her Ph.D. in Communication. She has an M.A. from California Status University and a B.A. from Biola University.

  • Celik, Ahmet
    Celik, Ahmet

    Dr Celik is an esteemed honorary research associate at University College London and the founding director of the Global Center for Security Studies, a research institution based in London. He is also a part-time lecturer at various higher education institutions.

    He holds a master's degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York and a doctoral degree from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice at The State University of New Jersey. Dr Celik's academic pursuits further include successfully completing the Advanced Security Studies Program at the Marshall Center, the European Center for Security Studies in Germany.

    With an impressive twenty-five years of law enforcement experience, Dr Celik has held numerous notable positions, including serving as a UN peacekeeper in Bosnia and Herzegovina and as Deputy Counsellor for Security Affairs at the London Turkish Embassy. He has made significant contributions to several successful national and international conferences, such as the Istanbul Conference on Global Security I and II, the 2008 Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (ECCA) Symposium, NATO Advanced Research Workshops in Washington, D.C., and the 2008 Peacekeeping Summit at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in New Jersey. In recognition of his outstanding work, Dr Celik has been awarded a UN Medal and received commendations at both national and international levels.

    While pursuing his professional endeavours, Dr Celik has maintained a strong commitment to academia, producing numerous scholarly works. He played a key role in translating two books for the US Department of Justice (USDOJ), co-authored a textbook, co-edited two books, and published highly cited scholarly articles.

    Dr Celik's research and teaching interests primarily revolve around terrorism, national security, transnational crime, policing in post-conflict territories, peacekeeping, policing, and comparative policing. His extensive professional and academic background provides a solid foundation for his expertise in these areas.

  • Davis, Richard
    Co-Founder: Director of Research
    Davis, Richard
    Co-Founder: Director of Research

    Richard Davis is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Artis International.  Artis conducts interdisciplinary field-based scientific research in conflict areas, builds local programs and policies to move people toward less violent outcomes and develops 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.

  • Davulcu, Hasan
    Senior Fellow
    Davulcu, Hasan
    Senior 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.

  • Ellenberg, Molly
    Ellenberg, Molly

    Molly Ellenberg is a is a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology at the University of Maryland. She holds an M.A. in Forensic Psychology from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology from UC San Diego. Her research focuses on terrorism, radicalization and deradicalization, the quest for significance, and intolerance of uncertainty. Molly has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences and is a member of the NATO Research Task Group on Military Service Members and Veteran Radicalization. She is also an inaugural member of the UNAOC’s first youth consultation for preventing violent extremism through sport and a research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism. Her research has been cited over 300 times and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Her previous research experiences include positions at Stanford University, UC San Diego, and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland.

  • Fatica, Andrea
    Director of Operations
    Fatica, Andrea
    Director of Operations

    Andrea Fatica is Director of Operations 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).

  • Fischhoff, Baruch
    Senior Fellow
    Fischhoff, Baruch
    Senior 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.

  • Gelfand, Michele
    Senior Fellow
    Gelfand, Michele
    Senior 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 for sample papers.

  • Ginges, Jeremy
    Senior Fellow
    Ginges, Jeremy
    Senior 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.

  • Gómez, Ángel
    Senior Fellow
    Gómez, Ángel
    Senior 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.

  • Hamid, Nafees
    Hamid, Nafees

    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.

  • Israel, Isaac Ben
    Senior Fellow
    Israel, Isaac Ben
    Senior 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.

  • Kruglanski, Arie
    Senior Fellow
    Kruglanski, Arie
    Senior 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.

  • Liu, Vincent
    Senior Fellow
    Liu, Vincent
    Senior 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.

  • Lois, Ximena
    Lois, Ximena
  • López-Rodríguez, Lucía
    López-Rodríguez, Lucía

    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.

  • Medin, Douglas
    Senior Fellow
    Medin, Douglas
    Senior 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.

  • Moskalenko, Sophia
    Moskalenko, Sophia

    Sophia Moskalenko is a social psychologist studying mass identity, inter-group conflict and conspiracy theories. After she received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, her research has focused on the psychology of radicalization, self-sacrifice and martyrdom. As a research fellow at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (NC-START), Dr. Moskalenko has worked on projects commissioned by the Department of Defence, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State. She serves as a consultant to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, The European Commission, and United Nations’ Counterterrorism Hub. She has co-authored several books, including award-winning Friction: How conflict radicalizes them and us; The Marvel of Martyrdom: The power of self-sacrifice in the selfish world; and Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon.

  • Moukni, Rachida
    Moukni, Rachida

    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.

  • Nisbett, Richard
    Senior Fellow
    Nisbett, Richard
    Senior Fellow

    Professional Experience:

    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.

    Yale University
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, 1966-1971.

    A.B., 1962, Tufts University, Psychology major.
    Ph.D., 1966, Columbia University, Department of Social Psychology.

    Undergraduate Honors:
    A.B. Summa cum laude, Society of Scholars, Phi Beta Kappa.

    Graduate Honors:
    John W. Burgess Honorary Fellowship 1964; University Fellow, 1962-1963; President’s Fellow, 1963-1965; NSF Fellow, 1965-1966.

    Professional Honors:
    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

  • Ostergaard, Daniel
    Senior Fellow
    Ostergaard, Daniel
    Senior 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.

  • Parry, Sam
    Senior Fellow
    Parry, Sam
    Senior 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.

  • Pasek, Michael
    Pasek, Michael

    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.

  • Pretus, Clara
    Pretus, Clara

    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.

  • Rai, Tage
    Rai, Tage

    Tage Rai is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego, where he teaches Negotiation. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and conducts research on morality, culture, and aggression. In recent work, he has found that when perpetrators are motivated by moral sentiments, they may humanize rather than dehumanize their victims, experience greater rather than lesser self-control when harming them, and respond irrationally to material costs and benefits. His current professional focus is on exploring the development of moralistic aggression, the social ties among perpetrators and victims of violence, and the role that moral outrage can play in successful social movements. He is the author of the book Virtuous Violence, which examines the role of moral motives in violent practices across cultures and history. He has published articles in leading journals in psychology, anthropology, and management. Prior to joining UCSD, Rai was the Editor for social and behavioral sciences at Science Magazine and a Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He completed his post-doctoral training at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

  • Sheikh, Hammad
    Sheikh, Hammad

    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.

  • Shikaki, Khalil
    Senior Fellow
    Shikaki, Khalil
    Senior 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).

  • Smith, Sean
    Smith, Sean

    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.

  • Tobeña, Adolf
    Senior Fellow
    Tobeña, Adolf
    Senior 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.

  • Vázquez, Alexandra
    Vázquez, Alexandra

    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.

  • Vilarroya, Oscar
    Senior Fellow
    Vilarroya, Oscar
    Senior 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.

  • Vishkin, Allon
    Vishkin, Allon

    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.

  • Waziri, Hoshang
    Waziri, Hoshang

    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.

  • Weber, Dylan
    Weber, Dylan

    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.

  • Weiss, Decker
    Senior Fellow
    Weiss, Decker
    Senior 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.

  • Yilmaz, Kamil
    Yilmaz, Kamil

    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.

  • Zarate, Juan
    Senior Fellow
    Zarate, Juan
    Senior 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 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.