Shayna Perry began exploring terrorism studies while an undergraduate student and as a research assistant (RA) for Dr. David Hofmann’s. The research project was funded by Public Safety Canada’s Community Resilience Fund. The research position allowed Shayna to study individuals with extremist ideologies and to learn about their lives and experiences to help understand why they have committed acts of terrorism or who may be at risk to commit acts of terrorism. The case studies produced as part of this study will be used later on in the research process to evaluate metrics that are currently used to assess threat and risks to national security.
This research position has sparked her interested in continuing her graduate education, with a focus on sociological issues and questions broadly involving terrorism and security. She has been accepted into UNB’s Sociology’s Master’s program received full funding for the first year.