Windisch Awarded Grant from S.T.A.R.T.
Doctoral student Steven Windisch was awarded funding from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Responses to Terrorism (S.T.A.R.T.) for his project Priming Events and Cognitive Shifts: The Process of Accepting Extremist Beliefs.
The project draws from in-depth life history interviews with former far-right extremists to examine the manner in which unanticipated experiences nurture the acceptance of extremist ideologies. While there is substantial research focusing on the radicalization process once an individual has become a member of an extremist organization, there is little investigation into the individual’s initial contact with extremist beliefs. The study will examine whether unanticipated events related to racial, political or religious beliefs, prime individuals for the acceptance of extremist ideologies.
During the course of the project, Windisch will develop a research brief that contains the results of his study and present his findings at the 2016 annual meeting of the Study of Terrorism and the Responses to Terrorism. Professor Pete Simi served as a faculty mentor for the project.
Story published 11/2015