Current Terrorism Research Center Projects

Terrorist Offenders and Legal Outcomes

Since the 1980s, the American Terrorism Study has collected and coded information from over 1,400 terrorism-related federal court cases.

Terrorism Incidents and Preparatory Activities

The TRC project team examines patterns in target selection, preparatory activities, and the geospatial distribution of completed and prevented attacks.

The Bias Homicide Database (BHDB)

The Bias Homicide Database (BHDB) tracks bias-motivated murders committed in the United States since 1990.

Human Trafficking Study

The creation of a comprehensive relational database on human trafficking incidents prosecuted in U.S. federal courts. To learn more, contact Project Director Dr. Chris Shields (

Article Summary Library

A host of one page article summaries, prepared by TRC and Department of Sociology & Criminology graduate students, covering Crime Data Analytics & Methodology and Terrorism & Homeland Security research.

Other Projects

The Terrorism and Extremist Violence in the United States (TEVUS)

The TEVUS portal is an ongoing collaborative project between three databases: the American Terrorism Study at the University of Arkansas, the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) at the University of Maryland, and the Extremist Crime Database housed at Michigan State University. To learn more about the TEVUS project, please visit the START website.


Sequencing Terrorists’ Precursor Behaviors: A Crime Specific Analysis

Completed in 2016, the Sequencing project examined terrorists’ preparatory cycles and incident success. Project Final Report, Archived Dataset


Longevity of American Terrorists: Factors Affecting Sustainability

The Longevity Project examined contextual factors that contribute to terrorists’ ability to evade capture and law enforcement’s ability to interdict violent plots. Project Final Report, Archived Dataset (pending)


For information about additional previous projects, datasets, or reports, please contact us at