Ahmet Guler

Ahmet Guler

Associate Teaching Professor of Criminology

Director of Graduate Studies in Criminal Justice Policy and Administration, World Campus

Department of Sociology and Criminology
1003 Oswald Tower

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-3671


  1. Ph.D. 2009, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany


Research Interests

My research focuses on criminal justice policy, policing, terrorism, criminal justice reform, information technology in criminal justice, and transnational crime. 

Selected Publications

  • Onat, I., Bastug, M.B., Guler, A. & Kula, S. (2022). Fears of cyberterrorism, terrorism, and terrorist attacks: an empirical comparison. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. 1-17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19434472.2022.2046625
  • Guler, A., Boke, K. & Tsado, L.K. (2022). Analyzing Nigerians’ perspectives on the causes of violent extremism, government responses, and possible solutions. Security Journal, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41284-022-00330-9
  • Hsu, H. Y., Guler, A., & Onat, I. (2021). The influence of pledging allegiance on terrorist attacks: the case of Boko Haram and Islamic State. Security Journal, 1-20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41284-021-00320-3
  • Guler, A. and Demir, M. (2021). A comparison of global suicide terrorism by region before and after 9/11 terrorist attacks, Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JACPR-06-2021-0604
  • Onat, I., Guler, A., Kula, S., & Bastug, M. F. (2021). Fear of Terrorism and Fear of Violent Crimes in the United States: A Comparative Analysis. Crime & Delinquency,  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/00111287211036130
  • Onat, I., Guler, A., Hsu, H. Y. & Reyes, J. (2021). A VAR analysis of the effects of Al-Shabaab’s pledge to Al-Qaeda on bombings and fatalities, Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism,  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/18335330.2021.1953115
  • Demir, M., & Guler, A. (2021). A comparison of target types, weapon types, and attack types in suicide-terrorism incidents before and after 9/11 terrorist attacks. Security Journal, 1-26. DOI: 10.1057/s41284-021-00301-6
  • Guler, A., & Demir, M. (2021). A Global Comparison of Suicide and Non-Suicide Terrorism. Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/18335330.2021.1889015
  • Demir, M., & Guler, A. (2021). The effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on suicide terrorism. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 1-18. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/19434472.2020.1866052
  • McSkimming, M., Guler, A., & Miller, S. E. (2020). Understanding the Motivations of Citizens to Join a Community Posse Initiative: A Qualitative Analysis. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology. DOIhttps://doi.org/10.21428/88de04a1.b3613b99
  • Gil-Garcia, J. R., Guler, A., Pardo, T. A., & Burke, G. B. (2019). Characterizing the Importance of Clarity of Roles and Responsibilities in Government Inter-organizational Collaboration and Information Sharing Initiatives. Government Information Quarterly. DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.giq.2019.101393
  • Piazza, J. & Guler, A. (2019).  The Online Caliphate: Internet Usage and ISIS Support in the Arab World. Terrorism and Political Violence. DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/09546553.2019.1606801
  • Bastug, M.F. & Guler, A. (2018). The Influence of Leadership on the Strategies and Tactics of Islamic State and its Predecessors. Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 13(1), 38-59. DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/18335330.2018.1432879
  • McSkimming, M., Dunbar, R.V., & Guler, A. (2018). Organizational Identity Change in Conservation Law Enforcement: Lessons for Pennsylvania. Commonwealth: A Journal of Pennsylvania Politics & Policy, 20(1), 1-20. https://tupjournals.temple.edu/index.php/commonwealth/article/view/178
  • Uluturk, B., Guler, A., & Karakaya, M. (2017). Police Officers’ Attitudes toward the Implementation of Community-Oriented Policing in Turkey. Crime & Delinquency, 63(14), 1946–1967. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0011128714556736
  • Sevinc, A. & Guler, A. (2016). Fighting Terrorism through Community Policing. Middle East Review of Public Administration, 2(1), 1-20. DOI10.1007/978-3-319-31018-3_16
  • Kula, S. & Guler, A. (2014). Evaluating the Influence of Supervisor Support on Job Satisfaction Levels of Turkish National Police (TNP) Members: Istanbul Police Department Case. International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences, 9(2), 209-224http://www.sascv.org/ijcjs/pdfs/kulagulerijcjs2014vol9issue2.pdf