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Books

    Lankford, A. (2013). The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
( Summary , Reviews , Table of Contents , Ordering  Info )

    Lankford, A. (2009). Human Killing Machines: Systematic Indoctrination in Iran, Nazi Germany, Al Qaeda, and Abu Ghraib. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
( Summary , Reviews , Table of Contents , Ordering  Info )

Journal Publications  

Please contact Dr. Lankford if you would like more information about any of these publications.

    Lankford, A. (forthcoming, 2015). Mass Murderers in the United States: Predictors of Offender Deaths. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology.

    Lankford, A. (2015). Mass Shooters in the USA, 1966-2010: Differences Between Attackers Who Live and Die. Justice Quarterly, 32(2), 360-379. 

    Lankford, A. (2014). Evidence that Suicide Terrorists are Suicidal: Challenges and Empirical Predictions. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(4), 380-393.

    Lankford, A. (2014). The Myth of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, and Other Self-Destructive Killers. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(4), 351-362.

    Lankford, A. (2014). A Suicide-Based Typology of Suicide Terrorists: Conventional, Coerced, Escapist, and IndirectSecurity Journal, 27(1), 80-96.

    Lankford, A. (2014). Public Opinions of Suicide Bombers' Mental Health. Comprehensive Psychology, 3(1), 1-4.

    Lankford, A. (2013). A Comparative Analysis of Suicide Terrorists and Rampage, Workplace, and School Shooters in the United States from 1990-2010Homicide Studies, 17(3), 255-274.

    Lankford, A. (2013). On Sacrificial HeroismCritical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 16(5), 634-654.

    Lankford, A. (2012). A Psychological Autopsy of 9/11 Ringleader Mohamed Atta. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 27(2), 150-159.

    Lankford, A. (2012). An Analysis of Sexual Assault in the U.S. Military, 2004-2009Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, 14(2), 1-21.

    Lankford, A. (2011). Requirements and Facilitators for Suicide Terrorism: An Explanatory Framework for Prediction and PreventionPerspectives on Terrorism, 5(6), 70-80.

    Lankford, A. (2011). Could Suicide Terrorists Actually Be Suicidal? Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 34(4), 337-366.

    Lankford, A., & Hakim, N.* (2011). From Columbine to Palestine: A Comparative Analysis of Rampage Shooters in the United States and Volunteer Suicide Bombers in the Middle EastAggression and Violent Behavior, 16(2), 98-107.

    Lankford, A., & Gillespie, K.* (2011). Rehabilitating Terrorists Through Counter-Indoctrination: Lessons Learned from the Saudi Arabian ProgramInternational Criminal Justice Review, 21(2), 118-133.

    Lankford, A. (2010). Suicide Terrorism as a Socially Approved Form of SuicideCrisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 31(6), 287-289.

    Lankford, A. (2010). Do Suicide Terrorists Exhibit Clinically Suicidal Risk Factors? A Review of Initial Evidence and Call for Future ResearchAggression and Violent Behavior, 15(5), 334-340. 

    Lankford, A. (2010). Do Past U.S. Acts Constitute Terrorism? Implications for Counterterrorism PolicyInternational Criminal Justice Review, 20(4), 417-435.

    Guadagno, R., Lankford, A., Muscanell, N.*, Okdie, B.*, & McCallum, D. (2010). Social Influence in the Online Recruitment of Terrorists and Terrorist Sympathizers: Implications for Social Psychology ResearchInternational Review of Social Psychology, 23(1), 25-55.

    Lankford, A. (2010). Assessing the Obama Standard for Interrogations: An Analysis of Army Field Manual 2-22.3Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 33(1), 20-35.

    Lankford, A. (2009). Reexamining the "War of Ideas" and Us-Them Differentiation: Implications for CounterterrorismHomeland Security Review, 3(1), 1-21.

    Lankford, A. (2009). Promoting Aggression and Violence at Abu Ghraib: The U.S. Militaryís Transformation of Ordinary People into TorturersAggression and Violent Behavior, 14(5), 388-395.

*denotes student co-author

Other Publications   

    Lankford, A. (2014). He Mimicked American Psycho - He Wanted to be a Star. The Mail on Sunday.

    Lankford, A. (2013). Martyr Myth: Inside the Minds of Suicide Bombers. New Scientist.

    Lankford, A. (2013). The Truth About Suicide Bombers. CNN.

    Lankford, A. (2013). Exposing False 'Martyrs' As Suicidal. Jerusalem Post.

    Lankford, A. (2013). U.S. Embassy Suicide Bomber Driven By Suicide, Not Sacrifice. Psychology Today.

    Lankford, A. (2013). Convincing Suicide Bombers That God Says No. Open Democracy.

    Lankford, A. (2012). What Drives Suicidal Mass Killers. The New York Times.

    Lankford, A. (2012). How Bullying Creates Suicide Bombers. The Daily Beast.

    Lankford, A. (2012). Why Spree Killers Kill Themselves. Wired.

    Lankford, A. (2012). How Crunching Data Can Help Police Stop Spree Killers. Wired.

    Lankford, A. (2012). Dumped by Girlfriend, Chicago 'Suicide Bomber' Wanted to Die. Psychology Today.

    Lankford, A. (2012). Coerced Suicide: The Jonestown Deaths, Suicide Bombings, and Beyond. The Jonestown Report, 14(1).

    Lankford, A. (2012). Are Mass Shootings Becoming More Frequent--and More Deadly? The Huffington Post.

    Lankford, A. (2011). Human Time Bombs: Before The 9/11 Pilots Were Suicide Terrorists, They Were Just Suicidal Foreign Policy.

    Lankford, A. (2011). Ten Years After 9/11: The Suicide Angle. The Huffington Post

    Lankford, A. (2011). Martyr Complex: How Will Bin Laden's Supporters Interpret His Death? Foreign Policy.

    Lankford, A. (2011). Ron Paul Is Wrong About 9/11, Studies ShowThe Huffington Post.

    Lankford, A. (2011). Suicide for a Cause: What's Behind the Middle East's New Trend of Self-Immolation? Foreign Policy.

    Lankford, A. (2009). How 30 Years of U.S. Mistakes Saved Ahmadinejad in Iran. The Huffington Post.

    Lankford, A. (2009). Could Mousaviís Martyrdom Spark Revolution In Iran? Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Blog.

    Lankford, A. (2009). "Torture Doesnít Work" Argument Distracts From Necessary Interrogation ReformRowman & Littlefield Publishers Blog.

Book Reviews

    Lankford, A. (2012). Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden-from 9/11 to AbbottabadThe Huffington Post.

    Lankford, A. (2012). Terrorists in Love: The Real Lives of Islamic RadicalsThe Huffington Post.

    Lankford, A. (2004).  A War of a Different Kind: Military Force and Americaís Search for Homeland Security. Low Intensity Conflict & Law Enforcement, 12(2): 86-88.

Grants

    The University of Alabama Research Grants Committee (2012).

    The University of Alabama Research Grants Committee (2009).

Scholarly Presentations  

    Lankford, A. Invited, The Origin of Violence: From the Brain to World Wars. The Origins Project hosted by Arizona State University in Scottsdale, AZ, April 2014.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, American Association of Suicidology annual meeting in Los Angeles, CA, April 2014.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, Helms School of Government, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, 2014.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Book discussion panel at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, 2013.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, The Senior Institute, The Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, 2013.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2013.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, New Horizons, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2013.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, Brain Thrust, Park School, Baltimore, MD, 2013.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, American University, Washington, DC, 2013.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, Politics & Prose, Washington, DC, 2013.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), George Mason University, Arlington, VA, 2013.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2013.

    Lankford, A. An Analysis of Active Shooters and Resolution Outcomes, 1966-2010. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Chicago, IL, 2012.

    Lankford, A. The Myth Of Martyrdom: What Really Drives Suicide Bombers, Rampage Shooters, And Other Self-Destructive Killers. Invited, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2012.

    Lankford, A. What Real Heroes Are Made Of: Identifying Behavioral Differences Between Navy SEALs, Secret Service Agents, and Islamic Suicide Terrorists. Invited, Honors College Assembly, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2012. 

    Lankford, A. Comparing Suicide Terrorists and Rampage, Workplace, and School Shooters in the U.S. from 1990-2010.  Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Washington, DC, 2011. 

    Lankford, A. Could Suicide Terrorists Be Suicidal? Invited, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Program on Terrorism and Security Studies, Garmisch, Germany, 2011. 

    Lankford, A. Human Killing Machines: Systematic Indoctrination in Iran, Nazi Germany, Al Qaeda, and Abu Ghraib.  Invited, School of Public Affairs, American University, Washington, DC, 2011. 

    Lankford, A. Could Suicide Terrorists Be Suicidal?  Invited, Department of Political Science, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2011. 

    Lankford, A. Single-Minded Murder: A Comparative Analysis of Rampage Killers and Lone Wolf Terrorists.  Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, 2010. 

    Lankford, A. Do Past U.S. Acts Constitute Terrorism: A Critical Analysis of the Definition Problem.  Paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in San Diego, CA, 2010.

    Lankford, A. Assessing the Obama Standard for Interrogations: An Analysis of Army Field Manual 2-22.3.  Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA, 2009.

    Lankford, A. An Integrated Model for the Appeal of Terrorism: Fusing Rational Choice, Diffusion and Complexity Theories.  Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in Atlanta, GA, 2007.

    Lankford, A. The Potential for Formulaic Terrorism: Television News Coverage of Terrorist Attacks Since 2001.  Paper presented at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences annual meeting in Chicago, IL, 2005.