Dr. Michael Loadenthal
is the founder and Executive Director of the Prosecution Project. Dr. Loadenthal holds a Ph.D. from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
at George Mason University, and a Master’s degree from the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence
at the University of St Andrews. Dr. Loadenthal has published frequently in venues including Critical Studies on Terrorism
, Perspectives on Terrorism, Journal of Applied Security Research
, Radical Criminology
, Global Society,
and the Journal for the Study of Radicalism
, which described his work as “the cutting edge of movement Studies” (2016, 10:2; 5). His most recent single-authored book, The Politics of Attack
(Manchester University, 2017), investigates contemporary, clandestine networks of insurrectionary anarchists and the development of the communique
. He has also co-edited The Routledge History of World Peace since 1750
(2018), From Environmental Loss to Resistance
(University of Massachusetts, 2020), and Prosecuting Political Violence
(Routledge, 2021)–a book collaboratively written by more than a dozen tPP student team members.
Dr. Loadenthal serves as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cincinnati, the Executive Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, a Research Team Lead for Princeton University’s Bridging Divides Initiative, as well as a contract-based security researcher and trainer. He has previously worked as a professor of sociology, terrorism studies, and research methods for Miami University, the University of Cincinnati, George Mason University, Georgetown University, the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, the Washington, DC Jail, and Jessup Correctional Institution’s Prison Scholars Program.
tPP Leadership Team
Lauren Donahoe (Co-Deputy Director)
graduated from Miami University in May 2019 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Medical Sociology. She has been with the Prosecution Project since Fall 2017 and has worked in various roles including coder and Director of Audits. She is currently serving as the Co-Deputy Director. Lauren is currently attending Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
(Co-Deputy Director & Project Manager of Capitol Cases)is a current student at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a graduate from Miami University. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy with a minor in rhetorical English. She has a focus on cognitive psychology and how racial identity plays a role within the US court system. Madison has been with tPP since January 2019 and hopes to use this research to further her interest in law and terrorism studies.
Izzy Bielamowicz (Co-Director of Communications)
graduated from Miami University in May 2020 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminology. Izzy has been with tPP since August 2018 and has focused her research on grounded theory, analyzing relationships and patterns within the database. Among other topics, Izzy has studied the impact of citizenship status, FTO affiliation, and ‘othered-ness’ on a defendant’s sentence length. Her research on this subject was published in February 2021. In the Summer of 2019, Izzy participated in the Miami University ‘Inside Washington’ program, interning for the United States House of Representatives. Izzy is currently a 1L at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and intends to pursue a career in reproductive rights advocacy or the intelligence community.
(she/her/hers) (Director of Records)
graduated from Miami University in May of 2019. Doty is currently in her 2nd year at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and will be spending her summer working for the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. Doty has been with tPP since January of 2018, and has focused her research on the intersection of gender and domestic terrorism. She will be continuing to work on the project with a focus on organizing project records and data standardization.
Sara Godfrey (Co-Director of Audits) is a recent graduate from Miami University, holding bachelor’s degrees in international studies and economics alongside minors in Islamic studies and Arabic. Sara has been with tPP since the fall of 2019 and serves as the leader of the Quality Control and Case Updates Team. Her work focuses on the implementation of case-tracking procedures, data cleaning, and auditing cases involving Jihadi-Salafi affliates. Currently, Sara is participating in a year-long language exchange in Jordan to strengthen her Arabic language skills in preparation for graduate school.
Katie Blowers (Co-Director of Audits)
is a senior at Miami University pursuing a degree in both political science and psychology with a focus on security and international law. Katie has been with tPP since January of 2019, and has focused her work on coding cases, refining procedures, and leading audits. She hopes to use this research to further explore her interest in law and terrorism studies.
(she/her) (Co-Director of Communications
) is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology at Case Western Reserve University. Her previous work centers on masculinities and its intersections with other identities. Kate joined tPP team in July of 2020 as Outreach Coordinator. She also served as coordinator of tPP’s Advisory Board in November of 2020 before becoming a Co-Director at the end of 2021. Through this project, she hopes to further strengthen her passion for social justice and advocacy as well as her skills in data analysis.
Ellie Piszel (Director of Training) is a recent graduate of Miami University where she obtained a degree in linguistics, as well as a degree in sociology, with a focus in criminology and a Spanish minor. Ellie has been with tPP since Summer 2020, and has focused on pre-coding, coding, and working on the summer uprising and Capitol riot cases. She hopes to learn more about the criminal justice system in the U.S., especially in relation to terrorism. She also hopes to grow in her research abilities through this project. Ellie has also been an intern for Butler County Adult Probation.
Salley Fang (Director of Data Science) is a Sophomore at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in Informatics with a focus in Data Science. She has been with tPP since November 2022 and has focused her work on maintaining the availability and integrity of datasets and responding to data requests. Salley hopes to contribute to the transparency and public use of tPP’s database during her time. Salley has also helped organize the TechTogether Seattle Hackathon and conducted research on Philosophy, specifically set theory and probability theory, at UW.
Katherine Coate is a recent graduate of Miami University with a degree in Diplomacy and Global Politics and minors in German and European Area Studies. Katherine is a coder and has been with tPP since August 2019. Katherine hopes to use this research to further her interest in law and political violence studies. Katherine was a Miami University Global Studies Scholar and currently works with refugees and trafficking victims based in Washington, DC.
Hallie Filson is a recent graduate from Miami University, where she studied Diplomacy & Global Politics, with minors in French and Criminology. Hallie is a coder and has been with tPP since the summer of 2020. Joining tPP to learn more about how terrorism and the legal system interact, Hallie hopes to continue her interest in the subject as she continues to work on tPP.
Margot Williams is a news researcher who has worked in newsrooms during a forty-year career at The Intercept, The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. She has pursued jihadists and domestic extremists online and detainees who died in U.S. immigration detention, investigated Iraq war contractors and followed the money (and private jets) of mayors, governors, senators, presidential candidates, and ex-presidents. She graduated from the City College of New York (B.A., Asian Studies) and holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. Margot has been with tPP since February 2021, joining to assist with the team’s Capitol siege tracking.
Annabella Bogart is a senior at the University at Buffalo, where she is double majoring in law and psychology and minoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) as part of the University Honors College. Annabella most recently interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, where she aided in victim/witness affairs, trial preparation, and research. Annabella plans to pursue a career in law and policy. Annabella joined tPP in July of 2021.
Marc Caron is a Masters candidate at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in the Peace and Conflict Studies program. He joined tPP as a pre-coder in November 2021. His research interests include developing cultures of peace through peace education curriculum, issues surrounding social justice in the educational system, and poverty/homeless/food insecurity. His research aims to help students build nonviolent conflict resolution skills to build safe spaces for storytelling and dialogue in the classroom. Issues addressed include social justice, respect, cooperation and inclusion which help reduce instances of crime, extremist ideology, and mass violence. His other recent projects include a collaborative university level project with a network of students to build a public toolkit available for use by U.S. universities and colleges to develop mentorship and scholarship opportunities for students from refugee backgrounds.
Kristine C. is a nonprofit advocacy professional located in the Washington, DC area. Her career has spanned working alongside survivors of gun violence to change policy and culture, to training volunteers to counsel callers on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, to training law enforcement and providing technical assistance to policymakers across the country in best-practice intimate partner intervention tools. She was also a 911 dispatcher for several years. Kristine’s Bachelor degree is in Emergency Management with a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications. She has been with tPP since December 2021.
Dory Tuininga completed a BS in Geography with a minor in Peace and Conflict at the University of Kansas. They are a geospatial analyst currently based in the Washington, DC area and have been with tPP since Dec 2021.
Dakota Engel is a second-year graduate student at American University pursuing an M.S. in Justice, Law and Criminology with a focus on juvenile incarceration, transnational crime, and the death penalty. Dakota has been with tPP since December 2021, and enjoys learning about the changing trends in political violence – specifically how current motivations compare to past. She also works at the Department of Justice and serves as an editor for both Minutes Before Six and the Public Purpose Journal.
Olivia Thomas is a Sophomore at Miami University pursuing a degree in International Studies and Spanish, with a Minor in Latin American Studies. She joined the Prosecution Project in January 2022. Olivia joined the project to gain legal research experience and improve her data entry skills. Outside of tPP, she is a founding member of Alpha Psi Lambda at Miami Univeristy and a clarinet in the Miami University Marching Band.
Emily Sommer is a graduate student at American University pursuing a degree in Justice, Law, and Criminology, with a focus on police brutality and police reform. Emily has been with tPP since March 2022 and has focused her work on the cases regarding the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol. Emily hopes to work for a federal agency following graduation, with an interest in the FBI and the Secret Service. She is a current member of the National Criminal Justice Honors Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, as well as the National Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta.
Cameron Tiefenthaler is a junior at Miami University pursuing a degree in Political Science and Business Analytics. She has been with tPP since April 2022. Cameron hopes to advance her legal research and document review skills in preparation for law school. After her degrees, she hopes to pursue civil rights or public interest law. Cameron is also a part of Miami’s Associated Student Government (ASG), a Civic Engagement Fellow for Miami’s Wilks Institute for Leadership and Service, and the VP of Programming for Miami’s pre-law society Amicus Curiae. In her free time, Cameron is an avid baker and nationally award-winning quilter.
Jordan Barber is a Senior at The Catholic University of America pursuing a degree in Criminology with a focus on Intelligence Studies. She also hopes to receive her Masters in Sociology by 2024. Jordan has been with tPP since April 2022, and has hopes to focus her work on terrorism and political protest. She wants to create a place where information is freely shared and is working to complete that goal at tPP. Jordan is also a mentor to other students in the Criminology department at her school.
Calista Whiteley is a Senior at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice/Sociology with a focus on the sociology of racism. Calista has been with tPP since April 2022. Calista hopes to gain experience in the field of law by contributing to the project. Calista has pushed through chronic disability since age 15 and works to find ways to contribute to society while also advocating for those with similar disabilities.
Kevin Licciardi is a Senior at the Catholic University of America pursuing a degree in Criminology with a focus on law. Kevin has been with tPP since April 2022. Kevin hopes to gain knowledge of how the legal system handles cases involving race. Kevin is also a part of the Catholic University Football team.
Kaitlyn Mahaffy (she/her) is a senior at the University of Cincinnati pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. Kaitlyn joined tPP in April 2022. Kaitlyn hopes to further her knowledge in the political field and focus her research on politically-motivated attacks. She has plans of achieving her master’s in Criminal Justice and eventually obtaining a law degree. Kaitlyn is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Honor Society in Political Science.
Katherine Lentz is a graduate student at Georgetown University pursuing a MA in Conflict Resolution and a Certificate in Refugees, Migration and Humanitarian Emergencies. She has an interest in human rights and political violence, particularly as they relate to development aid, corruption and civil-military relations. Katherine has additional interests in the American criminal justice system – specifically with regard to reform – and, prior to attending graduate school, spent a year as an Americorps Fellow working with youths in the juvenile justice system. Katherine joined tPP in April of 2022, and hopes to develop her research skills and further her knowledge on how political violence operates within the context of the United States. Katherine is also a Justice Graduate Intern at the Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University.
Grace Foor is a Junior at Miami University pursuing a degree in English Literature with minors in Philosophy and Law as well as Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. She is on a pre-law track. Grace has been with tPP since May 2022 and hopes to focus on creating a user-friendly database, hone her research and teamwork skills, and gain experience examining court records. Grace is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority – Omega Chapter, as well as the Miami University Honors Program and Amicus Curiae Pre-Law Society at Miami University.
Ethan Stack is a junior student at Miami University pursuing both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Political Science with a focus in Pre-Law. He has been with tPP since April 2022. Ethan hopes to learn more about the American judicial system and gain meaningful experience with legal documentation as he prepares to enter law school next year. Ethan is also a member of Miami University’s chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary, a member of Miami’s chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity, and the Director of Communications for Miami University’s Office of ASPIRE.
Mary Bennett Doty is an analyst at a New York-based nonpartisan research nonprofit with a focus on violent misogyny and extremist visual propaganda content. Mary Bennett joined tPP as a pre-coder in September 2022, and hopes her work at tPP can provide context to political violence and hate crimes through a gendered lens. Mary Bennett is also a part of the Accelerationism Research Consortium and the UNC-Chapel Hill Program on Digital Propaganda Research.
Caroline Hecht is a second-year graduate student at Georgetown University working towards an M.A. in Security Studies, with a concentration in Terrorism and Substate Violence. Caroline started with tPP in September 2022 as a pre-coder, for the opportunity to contribute to an expansive open-source database on an increasingly relevant research area.
Bella Tuffias-Mora is a recent graduate of Oberlin College with her degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in policy. During her degree, she researched topics such as far-right radicalization via social media and ways to intervene, the impact of partisan politics on the functionality of the EPA, and how nationalism and global trauma contribute to the shortcomings of the Paris Climate Agreement. She has been with tPP since September 2022, and looks forward to focusing her work on partisan-based hate crimes. Bella hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the justice system and political violence in preparation for her MA in Public Affairs, as well as help to educate others on the nuances of political violence and extremism by making information more accessible. Bella Tuffias is also an Editorial Fellow at Ballotpedia and Cleveland’s chapter leader for When We All Vote.
Carter Langham (Associate Data Scientist) is a Freshman at Regis University pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Peace and Justice with a focus on intersectional analysis of LGBTQ+ violence. Carter has been with tPP since November 2022 serving as the project’s inaugural Associate Data Scientist. Carter hopes to expand his knowledge of systemic injustice while working in a professional environment with tPP. Carter is also a part of Regis’ Queer Straight Alliance and Admissions department.
Alexandria Grace Olsen is a graduate student at Georgetown University, pursuing a degree in Conflict Resolution, with a focus on online extremism and far-right accelerationism. Alexandria has been with tPP since December 2022, and hopes to contribute to establishing a more comprehensive understanding of the landscape of far-right political violence in the United States. Alexandria is also an investigative research intern with the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, and is currently contributing to the creation of a dataset of attacks targeting critical infrastructure under the guidance of Dr. Michael Loadenthal.
Hailey Seifert is a fourth-year senior at the University of Cincinnati, pursuing degrees in ‘Law and Society’ and German, with a focus on examining how underlying biases affect judges’ sentencing decisions. Hailey has been working with tPP since March 2023. Hailey serves as the President of the University of Cincinnati’s Phi Alpha Delta pre-law chapter and is currently working for DBL law, in Covington, Kentucky.