Current Governing Board of the Society for Terrorism Research


Dr. Rachel Monaghan
Ulster University
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Dr. Rachel Monaghan is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Ulster University. Her Ph.D. was from the University of Reading, England and examined the phenomenon of single-issue terrorism. She has been researching political violence in the United Kingdom for nearly twenty years and is the author (with Colin Knox) of Informal Justice in Divided Societies: Northern Ireland and South Africa (Palgrave MacMillan, 2002). She has published a number of articles on single-issue terrorism, animal rights extremism, loyalist violence in Northern Ireland and vigilantism in the International Criminal Justice Review, Space and Polity, Terrorism and Political Violence and the Journal of Conflict Studies. She is Co-Editor of the journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism & Political Aggression and is on the editorial board for Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.


Dr. Violet Cheung
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, USA

Dr Violet Cheung-Blunden completed a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her dissertation examined the inner workings of emotion and the channels available to regulate it. After 9/11, Dr. Cheung felt that her past work could be utilized to study the psychological factors of group conflicts. In a series of empirical studies, she was able to connect mass emotion and democratic decision making in the U.S. Her current research embarks on the new phenomenon of cyber attacks, again by focusing on visceral reactions and their origins. Dr. Cheung maintains memberships with a number of regional, national and international societies. She engages with other professionals who share her interest in the mechanics of group conflicts. She is currently an assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of San Francisco.


Tina Billington-Hughes
Lecturer in Policing
De Montfort University
Leicester, England

Tina Billington-Hughes is a Lecturer at De Montfort University Leicester. A former Police Detective she has vast knowledge of the criminal justice system, extensive investigatory skills particularly around major and transnational organised crime and was instrumental in the development of investigative methodologies and strategies and multi-agency partnerships. Having achieved a BSc (Hons) in Policing from Canterbury Christ Church University, an MSc Terrorism Studies from the University of East London and the Certificate in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews, Tina is about to embark on a PhD at the University of Hull examining ‘What predisposes an individual to support transnational organised crime-terror groups’ A member of STR for almost 4 years Tina has presented her own terrorism research at International conferences in the United States and the UK. She is a member of the American Society of International Law and the British Institute of Comparative and International Law. As an Alumnus of the University of East London she is a professional mentor on the Career and Student Employability team.

Chair – Conference Planning

Dr. Lyndsey Harris
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, England


Dr Lyndsey Harris is an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Nottingham. She is Vice President in charge of conferences of the Society for Terrorism Research (STR) and Co-Editor of the journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism & Political Aggression. Her research interests include extremism in the UK: The English Defence League; terrorism and political violence; strategic theory and Northern Irish Politics. Before joining University of Nottingham, Dr. Harris was a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University, taught Politics at Ulster University, and Criminology at the University of Chester. Dr. Harris’ doctoral thesis, ‘A Strategic Analysis of Loyalist Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland’, included over 50 interviews with Loyalist paramilitary members and ex-members of The Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and The Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF). She has published in the British Journal of Political and International Relations and The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and is the author of a number of book chapters.

Chair – Membership

John Lamb
Birmingham City University
Birmingham, England

John is Lecturer in Criminology and security Studies at Birmingham City University where he specialises in counter-terrorism. A graduate of the Universities of Kent and Leicester, his main research focus is on how policing, the military and the intelligence services work together to combat the threat from terrorists. He regularly works with the police, the military and the media, in the UK and abroad, to both share best practice and to provide objective and critical commentary on proposed counter-terrorism methods.


Tali K. Walters, Ph.D.
Forensic Mental Health Consultant
Boston, MA, USA

Tali K. Walters has been a member of the Governing Board of the Society for Terrorism Research, since 2006.  She has led STR as its President and Vice-President, and Chair of Conference Planning.  She organized the annual international conferences, served as Associate Editor to the society’s journal Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, recruited board members, and led the organization through strategic change. Dr. Walters is a senior supervising forensic psychologist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School, Tufts Medical School, and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College).  She consults to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and to criminal defense and prosecution attorneys in her private forensic mental health consulting practice.


Annabelle De Heus
University of Nottingham
Nottingham, England

Annabelle de Heus has a PhD from the University of Nottingham (UK). Her research focuses on social identity and intergroup conflict, particularly in post-conflict Northern Ireland and modern Irish Republicanism. She presented papers at two consecutive STR conferences and co-organises the annual STR Postgraduate Conference in collaboration with various universities in order to promote postgraduate research in the wider area of terrorism studies.