Parkin Receives Homeland Security Grant

Written by Laura Paskin
February 15, 2013

Criminal Justice Professor William Parkin has received a grant to collect, analyze, and augment data on convicted domestic extremists. The $20,000 grant is funded through the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. The grant is part of a joint research project with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University, and the University of Arkansas.

Assisting Parkin during the first year of the five-year grant is Criminal Justice graduate student Elisabeth Krappen.

“We’ll be comparing homicide victims of far-right ideologically motivated violence in the United States to those killed by the far-right in Germany,” Parkin said.

Parkin, who joined the faculty in 2012, focuses his research on the mass media and the criminal justice system, ideologically motivated violence, and victimization. His recent scholarship includes “American Terrorism and Extremist Data Sources and Selectivity Bias: An Investigation Focusing on Homicide Events Committed by Far-right Extremists,” with S. Chermak, J. Freilich, and J. Lynch, in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology (2012); and “Immigration and Homicide in Contemporary Europe,” with R. Belli, in Handbook of European Homicide Research: Patterns, Explanations, and County Studies (2011).

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers two undergraduate degrees, a certificate in crime analysis, and a Master's degree in criminal justice. Seattle University’s Criminal Justice program is one of only seven in the United States to receive certification from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.