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DHS Minority Serving Institute Summer Research Team



The Institute hosted Dr. Nursen Zanca, Economics Coordinator at the University of the Incarnate Word, and graduate student Nicholas Randol as part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Minority Serving Institutions Summer Research Team program. They are working with Maura Pereira de Leon, Ph.D., Manager of Education and Training for BTI, and Luis Torres, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Partnerships at the Graduate College of Social Work.

Dr. Zanca and Mr. Randol are researching the methodology and meaning behind the Global Terrorism Index. The GTI is estimated from the Global Terrorism Database collected by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) DHS Center of Excellence. The GTI ranks nations according to terrorist activity based on number of terrorist incidents, number of fatalities associated with terrorist incidents, number of injuries associated with terrorist incidents, and the approximate level of property damage from terrorist incidents.

Their research investigated the methodology behind the index, past and present trends in the GTI score for the U.S., and the economic cost of terrorism on the U.S. economy.

Their end of research presentation and video can be found here