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Nichols College

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Allison McDowell-Smith

Allison Mc Dowell Smith

Allison McDowell-Smith

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Management / Criminal Justice Management Chair / Director of Master of Science in Counterterrorism (MSC) Program


Industry Experience

Dr. McDowell-Smith is the Director of the Graduate Counterterrorism Program, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Nichols College and has previously worked as a Senior Research Fellow for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). She helped establish ICSVE and has conducted research in regards to violent extremism both domestically and internationally.  Her research has led to scholarly publications regarding ISIS defectors; most recently in the Journal of Deradicalization. Further, she has briefed and trained individuals at the U.S. Embassy Brussels, U.S. Airforce Special Ops, and Belgium local police on ISIS recruitment strategies and de-radicalization processes.

Concurrently, she serves as a violent extremism expert editor to Defence and Intelligence of Norway and a digital fellow for the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. In addition to staying current in the field of violent extremism and counterterrorism, she has been an active Board Member of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education (MACJE) since their creation in 2012.

Courses Taught

  • MSC-705: Homegrown Violent Extremism
  • MSC-730: Capstone Counter Violent Extremism Strategies

Sept. 22, 2018, Who.What.Why article: MSC Director Dr. Allison McDowell-Smith Shares Perspective on Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions