Dr. John Stevenson completed his Ph.D. (2014) and M.A. (2007) in Political Science at the University of Chicago, and an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College in 2005. John has studied a range of research subjects relating to political violence, including terrorism, other kinds of non-state actor violence, mass killing/genocide, state/institution building, state failure and the effects of foreign third-party involvement in conflict and disputes. Stevenson led numerous research consortiums (one, named “PIPES” focused on international economic and security affairs and the other focused on political communication), created a working group to develop the technical policy writing and methodological products of his junior colleagues and provided written and oral feedback on hundreds of book and article-length projects in various conference, classroom and consortium settings.”
Dr. John Stevens is a Principal Research Scientist at NSI, Inc, a private social science and data analytics firm based in the United States. At NSI, Dr. John is a multi-method data scientist working primarily with government clients to forecast and explain patterns in political violence and political instability. He crafts statistical and historical modelling of political conflict and radicalization for a variety of government, commercial and non-profit clients.
Prior to joining NSI, Dr. Stevenson worked as a lead investigator and senior researcher in the DHS Center of Excellence, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park. At the University of Maryland, he also served as the elected representative of research and professional faculty to the University Senate. Having a passion for teaching and methodology, John taught in START's online terrorism graduate certificate, and, with various START colleagues, designs and delivers training on qualitative and quantitative data analysis for national security professionals.
At the University of Maryland and the University of Chicago, Dr. Stevenson spearhead the creation and analysis of several original databases - one on country-stability in the first ten years of any state created or becoming independent between 1900 and 2010; one on foreign military sales to countries in the Asia-Pacific; one on Russian foreign military sales to client countries; and a final on naval vessel-commissions since 1991 for 17 countries operating in the Asia Pacific. In addition, he was the data science lead in analyzing patterns of radicalization using an original START database, Profiles of Individuals Radicalized in the United States (PIRUS). His sponsored research work involves the creation of theoretical frameworks to explain patterns in Russia’s uses of force outside of its borders uses event data to define and explore the most effective counter-terrorism responses to Boko Haram in Nigeria. His published peer-reviewed work focuses on the commemorative uses of past massacres (through the construction of genocide memorials) to create a narrative justification of unending “post-genocide” authoritarian political order in Rwanda. One of his in-progress manuscripts explains violent social movements among refugees in central Africa, namely why segments of a common diaspora join civil war movements in some host countries but not others.