Fellowship to Offer Prof Insights on Terrorism
June 1, 2009
Dr. Robert G. Morris, assistant professor of criminology in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has been named a 2009-2010 Academic Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). The foundation is non-partisan policy institute based in Washington, D.C.
Morris will travel to Israel at the beginning of June for an intensive 10-day program at Tel Aviv University. The program features lectures by academics and military and intelligence officials, as well as diplomats from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey and the United States. It also includes visits through police, customs and immigration facilities, military bases and border zones to learn the practical side of deterring and defeating terrorists.
Although terrorism is not one of Morris’ primary research areas, he is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about the issue.
“Very few criminologists study terrorism, compared to scholars in other disciplines like political science, but I am interested in the topic, and I expect to learn a great deal about terrorism while abroad,” said Morris. “There is certainly room for increased interdisciplinary attention to the issue.
Morris studies the link between technology and crime. He studies why people commit contemporary crimes, such as computer crime and fraud. He also studies trends in inmate misconduct, with a goal of improving criminal justice policies and procedures. He joined the University in 2007 and serves as the faculty adviser to the UT Dallas chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society-Delta Psi. In addition to his graduate and undergraduate courses in EPPS, he teaches a course on Social Issues & Ethics in Computer Science and Engineering for the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science.
“We have several world-class terrorism experts here at UT Dallas. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to gain perspective abroad through this fellowship and to have resources at home at my own university,” said Morris.