Aikaterini Kalafati Michailaki is a PhD candidate in Criminology at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, in Athens, Greece. During her undergraduate studies in Sociology, she had already set her long-term academic goals, to delve into the field of Criminology. Her Master’s diploma thesis in Criminology focused on the frames and causes of the Islamist terrorism, a subject that was the starting point to understand her career interest in getting involved with a research in terrorism. The subject of her PhD research focuses on the phenomenon of homegrown terrorism and the radicalization factors, in particular, right wing, left wing and Islamist extremism. As a Visiting Researcher at University of Chicago, Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), Katerina will conduct quantitative research on university students’ attitudes and social representations concerning the phenomenon of terrorism and radicalization with an approach of a comparative analysis, which will connect US and Greek data. During her stay in U.S. she will work under the guidance of Prof. Robert A. Pape, the Director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats and expert on international security affairs and the phenomenon of suicide terrorism.
She believes that the opportunity to collaborate and work alongside some of the world’s most respected academics will enrich and broaden her scientific and empirical horizons, as well as it would be the ideal stepping-stone towards her professional and personal development.