Uncovering the Motivational, Cognitive, and Social Elements of
Radicalization and Deradicalization:
A DoD Minerva Research Initiative Project
Claudio Cioffi is the Professor of Computational Social Science, the founding and former Chair of the Department of Computational Social Science, and the founding and current Director of the Mason Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University. His areas of special interest include quantitative, mathematical, and simulation models applied to complex human and social systems. Cioffi’s research on conflict, international relations, and social complexity has been funded by DARPA, NSF, ONR, NATO, and European research agencies, and he has published four books and more than fifty peer-reviewed publications on conflict analysis and quantitative/computational social science. His current projects include NSF- and DOD-funded research on computational models of socio-natural systems that integrate cultural dynamics and environmental change. Cioffi’s NSF-funded research focuses on the rise and fall of polities in Inner Asia (Mongolia and its neighbors), where he is the PI in collaboration with the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. His ONR-funded projects focus on agent-based models of political instability and ecological dynamics in Eastern Africa and Asia.
Primary Minerva Research Focus: Computational Modeling of Radicalization Processes