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Michael H. Becker

Doctoral Student, Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology, American University

Michael H. Becker, M.A. is a doctoral student in the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University in Washington, DC.

His research interests include the individual and group correlates of support for, and participation in violent extremism, process and outcome measures in P/CVE programming, and theoretical testing. His work has been featured in the European Journal of Criminology, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and Terrorism and Political Violence.


  • –present
    Doctoral Student, American University


  • 2017 
    University of Maryland, Master of Arts - Criminology and Criminal Justice


  • 2023
    Successful for Whom?: An Examination of the General Deterrent Impact of the Targeted Killing of Terrorist Leaders on Global Terrorist Fatalities, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression
  • 2023
    The Not-So-Silent “Majority”: An Automated Content Analysis of Anti-Government Online Communities, Perspectives on Terrorism
  • 2023
    Don’t Kill the Messenger: Perceived Credibility of Far-Right Former Extremists and Police Officers in P/CVE Communication, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
  • 2022
    A comparison of political violence by left-wing, right-wing, and Islamist extremists in the United States and the world, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2021
    Deciding to support violence: An empirical examination of systematic decision-making, activism, and support for political violence, Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • 2021
    When Extremists Become Violent: Examining the Association Between Social Control, Social Learning, and Engagement in Violent Extremism, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
  • 2021
    The heterogeneous repercussions of killing Osama bin Laden on global terrorism patterns, European Journal of Criminology
  • 2020
    A Comparative Study of Initial Involvement in Gangs and Political Extremism, Terrorism and Political Violence

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Criminology