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University of Alabama
Terrorism, counterterrorism, media, public perception
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About Me

My primary research utilizes a multidisciplinary and multi-method framework to understand the relationship among the public, law enforcement, and terrorist organizations. My other research interests include gender-based violence, violence and nonviolence in conflict, and geographic patterns of crime and violence. 

Recent Publications

Kearns, E.M. ​(2017) “Exploring Officer Views of Community Policing in Counterterrorism.” Forthcoming, Police Practice and Research.

Lemieux, A., Kearns, E.M., Asal, V. & Walsh, J. (2017) “Support for Political Mobilization, Protest, and Terrorism in Egypt and Morocco:
An Online Experimental Study.”
Forthcoming, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict. 

Kearns, E.M. (2015). “The Study of Torture: Why it Persists, Why Perceptions of It are Malleable, and Why it is Difficult to Eradicate.” Laws, 5(1): 1-15.

Kearns, E.M., Conlon, B.L. & Young, J.K. (2014). “Lying about Terrorism.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 37(5): 422 – 439.

Media Coverage

– “ABC Australia, Radio National,” (July 6, 2017)
NPR’s “Morning Edition,” (June 20, 2017)

NPR’s “Hidden Brain” podcast with Shankar Vedantam, (June 19, 2017)
– “CBS/KCBS San Francisco with Susan Kennedy,” (March 19, 2017)
– “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin,” (December 10, 2014)

Web-Based Publications:
– Kearns, E.M. An Expert on Political Violence Explains why the NRA’s Ads Matter,” The Trace (August 8, 2017)
– Kearns, E.M., Betus, A. & Lemieux, A., “Yes, the Media Do Underreport Some Terrorist Attacks, Just Not the Ones Most People
Think of
,” Washington Post (March 13, 2017)

– Kearns, E.M., “Torture Doesn’t Works, So Why are We Still Discussing It?” Political Violence at a Glance (February 2, 2017)
– Kearns, E.M. & Young, J., “Dramatic depictions of torture increase support for it,” Washington Post (December 12, 2014)

My Work Featured In:
– MSNBC with Ari Melber, “Study: Media Overrepresents Muslims as Terrorists,” (July 2, 2017)
– Think Progress, “Non-Muslim Attackers Get a Lot Less Media Coverage than Those Who Claim Islam,” (June 19, 2017)

– Cato Institute, “GAO Weights in on ‘Countering Violent Extremism’,” (April 13, 2017)
– Reason, “Do Muslims Commit Most U.S. Terrorist Attacks?” (March 24, 2017)
– The Independent, 
News Media Do Under-Report Some Terrorist Attacks – Just Not Those Involving Islamist Extremists,”
(March 13, 2017)

– Pacific Standard, “Can Jack Bauer Convince You to Torture?” (January 5, 2015)
– Vox, “Torture is a culture. Releasing the Senate report is a way of fighting it,” (December 11, 2014)

– The Washington Post, “The Senate CIA report says enhanced interrogation doesn’t work. But Hollywood thinks it does,”
    (December 10, 2014)
– Vox, “’24’ makes people support torture, and other discoveries political scientists made this year,”  (September 8, 2014)

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