Uncovering the Motivational, Cognitive, and Social Elements of
Radicalization and Deradicalization:
A DoD Minerva Research Initiative Project
Arie Kruglanski is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland. He is a social psychologist and an expert on motivation, persuasion, and belief formation. Kruglanski has published over 270 articles, chapters, and books on these topics and his work has been continuously supported by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the Deutsche Forshungs Gemeineshaft. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition and of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has received major scientific awards from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and the vanHumboldt Foundation, among others. Kruglanski has extensive experience in the creation and administration of large-scale scientific endeavors. He is a founding Co-PI and former Co-Director of the DHS-funded Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), which, in its six-year existence, has overseen more than 50 research projects worldwide and has garnered more than $30 million in funding.
Primary Minerva Research Focus: Field Research in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines
Michele Gelfand is a Professor of Psychology and Distinguished University Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland, College Park. Gelfand's work explores cultural influences on conflict, negotiation, justice, and revenge, workplace diversity and discrimination, and theory and methods in cross-cultural psychology. Her work has been published in outlets such as Science, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Academy of Management Review, and the Annual Review of Psychology. She has been a PI and a major point of contact on a MURI on Dynamic Models of the Effect of Culture on Collaboration and Negotiation (funded in May 2008). In addition, she created and managed a 35-nation multilevel project on cultural tightness-looseness (sponsored by NSF) that involved administering surveys in 21 languages to over 7,000 adults and students, conducting multination focus groups, observing behavior, and collecting historical, ecological, and attitudinal archival data on each nation. She is also an expert on culture and negotiation, having collaborated on research in over 10 nations and published numerous award-winning papers on the topic.
Anna Sheveland is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include cognition, motivation, and attitudinal extremism, particularly as applied to political behavior. She has published chapters in Cognition and Motivation: Forging an Interdisciplinary Perspective and The Handbook of Social Cognition, and articles in the European Journal of Psychology, The National Interest, and The Huffington Post. She earned her PhD in social psychology from the University of Maryland in 2012, and was a Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellow.