Title: Considering a potential relationship between the opioid crisis and domestic violent extremism (DVE)
Project ID: q6i3S10
Domain(s): Data Science,Healthcare and Life Sciences,Multidisciplinary


Research finds that “Factors that underpin despair can make people more susceptible to extremist ideologies and create entire geographies that are prone to radicalization.” Simultaneously, DVEs have developed propaganda related to the opioid crisis, including anti-Semitic conspiracy narratives.

While scholars have explored how environmental/demographic/economic factors influence mobilization to violence, there’s a gap regarding whether high local addiction/overdose rates may enhance perceptions of despair/precarity in a way that fuels extremist activity.

Objective: Research project to examine the propaganda environment, compare CDC county-level addiction/overdose data to datasets on DVE attacks/hate crimes to explore the possibility of a relationship between the two phenomena.

Desired Skills:
statistical analysis, counterterrorism/extremism, public health, open-source research, quantitative and qualitative research


US Citizenship Required: No
Active Clearance or Background Investigation Required: No
Level Needed:

Team Information-

Targeted Students: Grad
Team Size: 2 to 4

Specific Requirements-

Focus on Particular University: No


Focus Timeline: Yes
Details: Fall 2022


Potential Funding:No
Note: Availability of funds not guaranteed

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