Joe is a doctoral candidate in political science at Northeastern University, focusing on international relations and comparative politics. Joe also works as the manager of intelligence products and services at Global Rescue, a Boston-based international medical evacuation, security extraction, and crisis response company. Additionally, Joe serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he is assigned to a unit supporting the Naval War College in Newport, RI. He has previously served as a teaching/research assistant in the Department.
Joe’s research interests broadly surround terrorist and extremist groups with a particular focus on the effectiveness of suicide terrorist tactics and operations. He is also interested in religious justifications for violence, the “radicalization” process that legitimates the use of violence, and the national and homeland security policies designed to counter the threats posed by extremist groups. His dissertation focuses on the tactical and operational utility of suicide terrorism operations.
Joe has experiences conducting research in support of government and military decision-makers that allow him to understand the “real world” applications of academic material. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Joe worked in support of the U.S. Army Human Terrain System (HTS) program. In this role, he conducted social science research and analysis in both Iraq and Afghanistan in support of U.S. Forces, and spent seven months in Baghdad, Iraq directly supporting U.S. Forces and Operation New Dawn with quantitative and qualitative research on the Iraqi population. Before that, Joe was an Honors Fellow and Policy Analyst at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC where he worked on counterterrorism research and policy. Joe has also held positions at a private cyber-security and intelligence firm, at BAE Systems where he worked on a DARPA program, the House of Commons in London with the Shadow Home Secretary at the time, and in the Governor’s Office at the Massachusetts State House.
Joe received his MA in International Relations and Religion at Boston University where he wrote his MA paper on Islamic radicalization in the UK. He also holds a BA from Boston University in Political Science and History.
When not researching, writing, working, or planning a wedding with his fiancé, Joe enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking, and anything else that gets him in contact with the New England outdoors.
ISSS-ISAC Joint Annual Conference (2013)
Northeastern Political Science Association (2013)
Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, International Relations
BA & MA, Boston University