Edith Wu is a doctoral student at Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology. With a primary focus on political violence in her degrees, her B.A. (Hons.) thesis applied social network analysis to assess al-Qaeda and its leadership. She then developed a model, the Steam-Valve Theory, on anti-state terrorism and political activism for her M.A. thesis. In addition to violent extremism, her research interests extend to homicide and legal studies.