Amy Pate, Ph.D.

University of Maryland at College Park

Country: United States (Maryland)

About Me:

Amy Pate is the Research Director at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), headquartered at the University of Maryland. She earned a Ph.D. in Government and Politics (Comparative Politics and International Relations) from the University of Maryland in 2007. Prior to joining START as a researcher in 2011, Pate was research director (2007-2011) and project coordinator (2003-2005, 2006-2007) of the Minorities at Risk Project, based in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. Pate has more than 15 years research experience in political conflict (including terrorism), ethnic politics, democratization, organized crime, and development. She has served as a PI or co-PI on projects totaling more than $6 million since 2007 and has served as senior personnel or more than 20 research projects. She has strong background in the development and maintenance of social scientific data products and has completed field research in conflict zones. She developed a conflict assessment framework for West Africa for USAID and conducted trainings for teams in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire to carry out pilot assessments. She’s also provided training modules to a variety of professional audiences, including for the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies’ Professional Training Program on the Prevention of Mass Atrocities, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Intelligence Specialists Conference, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Combatting Terrorism Seminar of the Visa Security Investigations Course, and training seminars for USAFRICOM personnel provided through the Africa Center for Strategic Studies.

Research Interests

African Politics

Conflict Processes & War

Political Violence


Race, Ethnicity and Politics