Suzzette Lopez Abbasciano is a Research Assistant with the Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS). Her research focuses on transnational crime, terrorism, and the impact of emerging technologies on the evolution of criminal and terrorist behavior. In particular, she is interested in the influence new media has on the criminal and terrorist engagement, disengagement, and re-engagement processes; and in the impact illicit networks have on development, and local and state governance. The projects she currently works on look into developing role-based typologies of individual terrorists, and tracing terrorist disengagement and recidivism pathways. She received her master’s degree in international policy studies with a focus on nonproliferation and terrorism studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Franklin College Switzerland. Prior to joining the doctoral program she was a researcher and project manager with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.