Nicole Tishler is a Research Fellow at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Senior Aviation Security Policy Advisor with the Government of Canada. Nicole’s doctoral research – funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC CGS Doctoral), the Province of Ontario (OGS), and TSAS – was awarded the Terrorism Research Initiative (TRI) Award for best PhD thesis in the field of terrorism studies written in 2017. Entitled “Fake Terrorism: Examining Terrorist Groups’ Resort to Hoaxes as at Mode of Attack,” the manuscript addresses the empirical puzzle of why hoaxes are used, but not by all terrorist organizations, and not all of the time; and challenges the norms of data coding and methodology in the field of empirical terrorism studies. Nicole has also published in the areas of terrorists’ weapons adoption; chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism; crisis communications (funded via Public Safety Canada’s Research Affiliate Program); intelligence accountability; and counterterrorism policymaking.
Taking Hoaxes Seriously: Characteristics of Terrorism Hoaxes and their Perpetrators
Published in 2016 • TSAS WP16-03
C, B, R, or N: The Influence of Related Industry on Terrorists’ Choice in Unconventional Weapons
Published in 2013 • TSAS WP13-01