Associate professor, homeland security and emergency preparedness assistant chair
Ph.D., Social and Cultural Psychology, University of Alberta
M.S., Experimental Psychology, University of Wyoming
B.A., Psychology, University of Wyoming
Terrorism, radicalization, introduction to homeland security and emergency preparedness
Terrorism, the psychological, cultural and social factors of the radicalization process, effectiveness of deradicalization programs, existential threat, social psychology
Dr. Webber conducts theory-driven research on ideological extremism, with a particular focus on violent extremism and terrorism. Along with his colleagues, he has advanced and tested a tripartite theory of radicalization and deradicalization that examines how motivation, social relationships, and ideologies combine to facilitate movement to and away from extremist movements. Webber has been invited on numerous occasions to share his work for academic and practitioner audiences, including prosecutors, law enforcement officers, the US State Department, multiple terrorism research centers, and the Anti-Defamation League. His work has been funded by the US Department of Defense. He has consulted with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism in the Hague on numerous research and training projects, including with prison staff who work with terrorist offenders.
Webber, D., Kruglanski, A., Molinario, E., & Jasko, K. (2020). Ideologies that justify political violence. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 107-111.
Kruglanski, A. W., Webber, D., & Koehler, D. (2019). The radical’s journey: How German Neo-Nazis voyaged to the edge and back. Oxford University Press.
Webber, D., Babush, M., Schori-Eyal, N., Vazeou-Niewenhuis, A., Hettiarachchi, M., Belanger, J. J., … Gelfand, M. J. (2018). The road to extremism: Field and experimental evidence that significance loss-induced need for closure fosters radicalization. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114(2), 270-285.
Webber, D., Chernikova, M., Kruglanski, A. W., Gelfand, M. J., Hettiarachchi, M., Gunaratna, R., ... & Belanger, J. J. (2018). Deradicalizing detained terrorists. Political Psychology, 39(3), 539-556.