social network analysis, policy networks, collaborative networks, network socialization, terrorist n
Randy Rethemeyer (2016-12-05)
R. Karl Rethemeyer is Interim Dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the 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. Dr. Rethemeyer’s work spans two programs of research. The first focuses on terrorism, terrorist organizations, terrorist networks, and counter-insurgency/stabilization operations. Dr. Rethemeyer is co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict (PVC), a research center focused on these topics. His Department of Homeland Security-funded work examines the determinants of terrorists’ network connections and how network structure affects the selection of targets and techniques, the lethality of terrorist organizations, and their propensity to choose or eschew lethal violence. Dr. Rethemeyer is also a co-investigator on a project that examines the pursuit and use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons by terrorist organizations. Dr. Rethemeyer’s other program of research focuses on the structure and operation of collaborative and policy networks in the public sector. This work examines the challenges inherent in the management of collaborative provision of public goods and services and the political ramifications of engaging nonprofit and for-profit organizations in that effort. Dr. Rethemeyer received the Accenture Advances in Public Management Award for his research in this area.