Mary Beth E Altier

Clinical Associate Professor

Center for Global Affairs

Education
  • BA, Drew University
  • MA, Princeton University
  • PHD, Princeton University
Contact Info

Dr. Mary Beth Altier is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2011.

Dr. Altier’s research interests are in international security, foreign policy, political violence, and political behavior. Her recent work centers on the reasons why individuals support the use of political violence in developed and developing democracies as well as why they participate in acts of political violence, especially terrorism. She is also interested in the disengagement and rehabilitation of ex-combatants and violent extremists and identifying empirically based methods for assessing risk of re-engagement. Dr. Altier is preparing a book manuscript based upon her dissertation, which won the American Political Science Association’s Ernst B. Haas award, and she is also the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Organized Section on European Politics and Society’s Best Paper Award. That research examines the social bases of support for armed parties in democratic elections and the ways in which conflict-related violence and other socio-demographic and policy changes affect citizens' willingness to endorse armed parties at the polls. Her research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Journal of Strategic Security and she serves on the Editorial Board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Dr. Altier regularly briefs government agencies, think tanks, and international organizations on her research.   

At the Center for Global Affairs, Professor Altier teaches courses on Transnational Security, Transnational Terrorism, Security Sector Governance and the Rule of Law, and Analytic Skills. She also runs a Global Field Intensive to Belfast and London and a Consulting Practicum with the U.S. State Department's Global Engagement Center. In 2017, Professor Altier received the NYU SPS Excellence in Teaching Award.

Jan 21 2020

Terrorist Transformations: The Link Between Terrorist Roles and Terrorist Disengagement

By Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
Nov 18 2019

Returning to the fight: an empirical analysis of terrorist reengagement and recidivism

By Terrorism and Political Violence
Apr 01 2017

Why they leave: an analysis of terrorist disengagement events from eighty-seven autobiographical accounts

By Security Studies
Jan 01 2017

Walking away: the disengagement and de-radicalization of a violent right-wing extremist

By Behavioral Science of Terrorism and Political Agg.
Sep 01 2014

Turning away from terrorism: Lessons from psychology, sociology, and criminology

By Journal of Peace Research
Jun 30 2013

Violence, Elections, and Party Politics

By Terrorism & Political Violence
Dec 30 2012

In their own words?: Methodological considerations in the analysis of terrorist autobiographies

By Journal of Strategic Security
Jun 30 2012

The future of terrorist deradicalization programs

By Georgetown Journal of International Affairs