This volume unpacks the multidimensional realities of political violence, and how these crimes are dealt with throughout the US judicial system, using a mixed methods approach.

The work seeks to challenge the often-noted problems with mainstream terrorism research, namely an overreliance on secondary sources, a scarcity of data-driven analyses, and a tendency for authors not to work collaboratively. This volume inverts these challenges, situating itself within primary-source materials, empirically studied through collaborative, inter-generational (statistical) analysis. Through a focused exploration of how these crimes are influenced by gender, ethnicity, ideology, tactical choice, geography, and citizenship, the chapters offered here represent scholarship from a pool of more than sixty authors. Utilizing a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods, including regression and other forms of statistical analysis, Grounded Theory, Qualitative Comparative Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, and Discourse Analysis, the researchers in this book explore not only the subject of political violence and the law but also the craft of research. In bringing together these emerging voices, this volume seeks to challenge expertism, while privileging the empirical.

This book will be of much interest to students of terrorism and political violence, criminology, and US politics.

chapter 1|34 pages

Introducing the Prosecution Project 2017–2020

Its aims and means
ByMichael Loadenthal

chapter 2|18 pages

Signals of how and why socio-politically motivated crimes are completed

ByTia Turner, Brenda Uriona

chapter 3|15 pages

Labeling terrorism before and after 9/11

ByLauren Donahoe

chapter 4|24 pages

Friend or foe?

An analysis of factors influencing sentence length in the prosecution of terrorism
ByMegan Burtis, Liz Butler

chapter 5|20 pages

What tactic to choose?

Examining the relationship between ideological affiliation and tactic choice
ByElizabeth Springer

chapter 7|19 pages

Gender, jail, and injustice

Gender interaction effects on judicial sentencing rhetoric
ByMadison Weaver, Alexandria Doty

chapter 8|30 pages

“What’s in a name?”

The Construction of Eco-Terrorism and Legal Repercussions of the AEPA/AETA
ByAthena Chapekis, Sarah M. Moore

chapter 9|15 pages


Collective reflections on tPP and undergraduate scholarship
ByAnwyn Bishop, Kathryn Blowers, Megan Burtis, Morgan Demboski, Lauren Donahoe, Sara Godfrey, Brendan McNamara, Stephanie Sorich, Madison Weaver

chapter 10|6 pages


ByMichael Loadenthal