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Martha Crenshaw

Martha Crenshaw, PhD

Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science

Stanford University
Encina Hall, C221
Stanford, CA 94305-6165

(650) 723-0126 (voice)

Research Interests

political terrorism


Martha Crenshaw is a senior fellow at CISAC and FSI and a professor of political science by courtesy at Stanford. She taught at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, from 1974 to 2007.  She has published extensively on the subject of terrorism.  In 2011 Routledge published Explaining Terrorism, a collection of her previously published work.  A book co-authored with Gary LaFree titled Countering Terrorism was published by the Brookings Institution Press earlier this year. 
She served on the Executive Board of Women in International Security and is a former President and Councilor of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). In 2005-2006 she was a Guggenheim Fellow. Since 2005 she has been a lead investigator with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Response to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. In 2009 she was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation/Department of Defense Minerva Initiative for a project on "mapping terrorist organizations" (see  She has been a member of several committees of the National Academy of Sciences.  In 2015 she was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.  She is the recipient of the International Studies Association International Security Studies Section Distinguished Scholar Award for 2016. In 2016 Ghent University awarded her an honorary doctorate.  She serves on the editorial boards of the journals International Security, Political Psychology, Security Studies, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, Orbis, and Terrorism and Political Violence