Ian Anderson
Adjunct Instructor

College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity Rockefeller College



Ian Anderson currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and Rockefeller College at the University at Albany. Mr. Anderson’s research focuses on terrorism – with a specific interest in the global jihadist movement, terrorist networks, terrorist strategy and tactics, radicalization, and counter terrorism. Mr. Anderson also currently serves as a practitioner as a counter terrorism intelligence analyst at the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC), New York State’s designated fusion center. Prior to his work at the NYSIC, Mr. Anderson worked as research director for the Project on Violent Conflict at the University at Albany, leading research on the Big Allied And Dangerous (BAAD) project as well as having been involved in multiple other research projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Mr. Anderson graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A. in political science in 2007 and a M.P.A. with a concentration in Homeland Security in 2009. During his time as a student at the University at Albany, Mr. Anderson was twice awarded an undergraduate research program position with the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a DHS funded Center of Excellence based out of the University of Maryland (UMD).

CEHC Courses Taught

CEHC 343 - Homeland Security

CEHC 554- Terrorism and Political Violence

CEHC Areas of Expertise

Homeland Security

Counter Terrorism

CEHC Research Interests

Mr. Anderson is specifically interested in the global jihadist movement, which includes al-Qa’ida, the Islamic State, their affiliated organizations, and homegrown violent extremists (HVE) inspired to commit lone offender terrorism on behalf of those groups. Mr. Anderson is also interested in the choice and evolution of terrorist strategies and tactics, including but not limited to networking with other terrorist organizations, use of suicide attacks, and choice of targets of violence.