Allison McDowell-Smith

Director of MSC

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allison [dot] mcdowell-smith [at] nichols [dot] edu


  • 2014    Northcentral University, Prescott Valley, AZ
    Ph.D. in Business Administration, Homeland Security Specialization
  • 2008    Niagara University, Niagara University, NY
    M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration
  • 2007    Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
    B.S. in Criminal Justice (Concentration: Communication)


Cybersecurity Seminar – May 2017. The Washington Center – Faculty Leader
Great Lakes Homeland Security Conference – May 2017
MA Association of CJ Education (MACJE) – October 2014, 2015, 2016

  • Conference Program Chair October 2016
    Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences (NEACJS) – June 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Completed Criminal Justice Assessment & Curriculum Workshop presented by Dr. Barbara Peat (June 4, 2014)
  • Presented at 2014 Annual NEACJS Conference “A Study to Determine University Student Perceptions of Muslim-Americans”


Dr. McDowell-Smith is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Nichols College and is a senior research fellow for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE). She has published research regarding ISIS defectors and has trained Belgian police on de-radicalization processes. She serves as a violent extremism expert editor to Defence and Intelligence of Norway, a digital fellow for the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, and as President of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Justice Education (MACJE).

Industry Experience

Professor McDowell-Smith’s research interests include homeland security, terrorism, homegrown terrorists, and violent extremism.

Hobbies, Activities, etc.

In her spare time, she enjoys boating with the family on Lake Winnipesaukee.