Katy-Jan Bobseine

Personal DetailsKaty-Jan Bobseine

Katy is pursuing her PhD in Criminology at the University of Leicester while teaching full time as an Assistant Professor of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst University in the United States. A former terrorism analyst for the US government, Katy holds two undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice with high honours and a MA in International Policy Studies with specializations in terrorism studies and weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation. As a graduate student, she was named a William Randolph Hearst Scholar for academic merit and awarded the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace to continue her studies in Arabic.

After leaving government work for academia, Katy enjoyed teaching the subjects of terrorism, ethics in criminal justice, and criminology from 2013-2018 at Jamestown Community College before accepting a teaching position in intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University. Katy now teaches courses in intelligence methods and analysis as well as homeland security. In addition to teaching, she supervises graduate and undergraduate students in paid research contracts for companies and government agencies through her involvement in the Center for Information, Research, Analysis, and Training (CIRAT) program. She also serves on her university’s Title IX Hearing Board, which presides over cases of alleged sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. In 2018, Katy received funding from the federal Undergraduate International Study and Foreign Languages program to travel to and develop international internship and study abroad opportunities in Japan.

Outside of academia, Katy is a free-lance editor and co-owner of a New York-based manufacturing company. She enjoys writing, traveling, gardening and working with her horses on 125 acres in rural New York State.

PhD Research

Under the supervision of Dr Chris Allen and Dr Tammy Ayres, Katy is exploring how a lack of unity in terrorism sentencing philosophies and practices affects the mutual counterterrorism interests of NATO member countries. A disproportionate amount of existing research centers on disrupting and apprehending terrorists, with relatively little attention paid to what countries do with them after they are caught. Katy is undertaking quantitative research to measure disparities and similarities in punishment for convicted terrorists among a sample of NATO nations. Her research also examines qualitative data to assess the extent to which the theories of deterrence, retribution, incapacitation, and rehabilitation characterize the different governments’ approaches to punishment in philosophy versus practice.

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