Assistant Research Scientist
University of Maryland
Erin Miller is an assistant research scientist at the University of Maryland and a principal investigator for the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and related research projects. Miller holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland. She has been part of the GTD team since 2004, and her roles have included improving the consistency of the data and adding key variables to the database; developing efficient and effective data collection strategies, workflows and training; and producing accessible analysis that provides context for current events in terrorism and counterterrorism. Miller frequently consults with users of the database, including researchers, policymakers, analysts, journalists and students. Her research investigates patterns of decline among terrorist organizations and movements worldwide, using innovative statistical analysis of data from the GTD. Miller has taught statistics courses at the University of Maryland and delivered invited lectures on the GTD and the implications of research methodology for terrorism research.
On Christmas Day 2020, an RV parked outside of an AT&T transmission center exploded in a suicidal and conspiracy-fueled act of targeted violence, damaging over 40 buildings and injuring at least eight local residents. The bombing and the second-order impacts led to cell service disruptions in at least three states, as well as internet disruptions.
In this session, practitioners and researchers will discuss the specifics of the high-explosive attack, contextualize the Nashville bombing with Global Terrorism Database data on the use of explosives in terrorism attacks historically and discuss the broader resilience-related implications of an explosive device when used against critical infrastructure in residential and business districts.