Mary Beth E Altier

Clinical Associate Professor

Center for Global Affairs

  • BA, Drew University
  • MA, Princeton University
  • PHD, Princeton University
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Dr. Mary Beth Altier is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs where she directs the concentration in Transnational Security and Initiative on Emerging Threats.

Dr. Altier’s research interests are in international security, nationalism and ethnic conflict, political violence, and political behavior. Her recent work centers on the reasons why individuals support or participate in political violence, especially terrorism, in developed and developing democracies. She has also studied the disengagement and reintegration of violent extremists and the factors that precipitate re-engagement/recidivism. Dr. Altier’s research on why citizens support armed parties in democratic elections was awarded the American Political Science Association’s Ernst B. Haas Award, and she is also the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s European Politics and Society’s Best Paper Award. Her research is featured in a number of journals including the Journal of Peace ResearchSecurity Studies, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. She serves on the Editorial Board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Dr. Altier has presented her research to government, intelligence, and security professionals in a number of countries and at think tanks and international organizations. She has also been featured in media outlets including The Washington Post, WIRED, Vox, The Daily Beast, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

She holds a PhD and MA in Politics from Princeton University and a BA in Mathematics and History from Drew University.

At the Center for Global Affairs, Dr. Altier teaches courses on Transnational Security, Transnational Terrorism, Security Sector Governance and the Rule of Law, and Analytic Skills. She leads a Global Field Intensive to Belfast and London and runs a Consulting Practicum with the U.S. State Department. In 2017, she 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