Dr. Jared Dmello is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology at Sam Houston State University, a Research Associate at the Rutgers University Center on Public Security, and a Research Member of the Global Addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalisation to Terrorism (AVERT) Research Network. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Option in Terrorism Studies, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell but also holds master’s degrees in Criminal Justice (UMass Lowell) and National Security Studies (California State University San Bernardino, along with a bachelor’s in Political Science (University of Hawai`i at Mānoa). Dr. Dmello is an internationally recognized expert on illicit organizations, focusing on criminal street gangs and extremist organizations, with methodological expertise in network science and advanced quantitative methods. Beyond academia, Dr. Dmello spent a year as an Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, where he worked on studies related to inter-agency optimization as well as defense spending and acquisition. He is also the recipient of the 2020 Ken Peak Innovations in Teaching award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for his integration of visual criminological research methods into a classroom setting. Additionally, Dr. Dmello is the current Principal Investigator of NIJ-funded study investigating the intersection of gun and gang violence in the State of New Jersey, along with other extramurally supported efforts.