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 the University of Ulster. 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 Behavioural 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
Retired Police Officer

Tina Billington-Hughes has been a member of STR for the last three years and was a Detective Constable for 17 years before retiring from the force in July 2015.  She has vast knowledge of the criminal justice system, extensive investigatory skills particularly in relation to major and transnational organised crime and was instrumental in the development of investigative methodologies and strategies. Having achieved a BSc (Honours) 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 now aims to pursue a career in academia and continue her studies. She is also a member of the American Society of International Law and the British Institute of Comparative and International Law. An Alumni member of the University of East London she has also joined the Career and Student Employability team as a professional mentor.

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 Behavioural 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 the University of Ulster, 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 Bahadur Lamb is Lectuer in Criminology & Security Studies at Birmingham City University. He is interested in  the links between policing, counter terrorism, terrorism and security. His PhD research saw him undertake a qualitative case study into how the PREVENT stream of the United Kingdom’s CONTEST counter terrorism strategy has been implemented in the West Midlands. 

Chair – Social Media

F. Dan Richard, Ph.D. 
University of North Florida
Jacksonville, Florida, USA


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 Behavioural 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.