R. Karl Rethemeyer

Studies social networks and their impact on political and policy processes, terrorist networks and the forms of terrorism

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R. Karl Rethemeyer

Interim Dean
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Public Administration and Policy

Terrorism; public policy; social networks and their impact on social, political, and policy processes; terrorist networks and organizations; counter-insurgency efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq

Campus phone: 442-5283
Campus email: [email protected]


R. Karl Rethemeyer is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy and Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany - SUNY. Rethemeyer’s primary research interest is in social networks, their impact on social, political, and policy processes, and the methods used to study such networks. A graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Rethemeyer has presented work at numerous conferences, including the Academy of Management (AOM), American Political Science Association (ASPA), Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Rethemeyer has work published and forthcoming in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM), Public Administration Review (PAR), the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), the International Public Management Journal (IPMJ), the Journal of Politics (JOP), Conflict Management and Peace Science (CMPS), and the Journal of Security Education (JSE).

Additionally, through the Project on Violent Conflict, Dr. Rethemeyer is currently co-investigator for two projects. The first focuses on organizational terrorist networks and is funded by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. His work has focused on how networks affect the use of various forms of terrorism (including suicide terrorism and CBRN attacks), the lethality of terrorist organizations, the propensity of such organizations to attack soft targets, and the propensity to choose or eschew lethal violence.

Dr. Rethemeyer is also lead investigator for a second project funded by the Office of Naval Research that examines counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This project seeks to answer the question, "What organizational factors in the counterinsurgency organizations are related to "successful" or "unsuccessful" counterinsurgency efforts?