The Earl Babbie Research Center’s Division for the Study of Violence and Radicalization at Chapman University promotes the scientific study of the causes and consequences of different types of violence with a special focus on street gangs, hate crimes, and terrorism. Our mission is to promote nonviolent, evidence-based solutions designed to mitigate the detrimental effects of these social problems. The research we conduct is aimed at improving public awareness and understanding as well as informing public policy. As part of this effort, the Division produces book-length manuscripts, scholarly journal articles, policy briefs, presentations, and provides consultation to government officials, non-governmental organizations, and journalists covering stories related to different types of violence.
The Division draws from the Director’s long-term data collection related to violence and radicalization including the utilization of intensive ethnographic fieldwork, life history interviews, psychometric instruments, and neuroimaging experimentation. The Division also draws from a wide range of collaborative relationships including partnerships with some of the following institutions: the Anti-Defamation League, Life After Hate/EXIT USA, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Consequences of Terrorism (START), RTI International, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Oslo.