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Lisa Stampnitzky, MA  
Predoctoral Fellow (former)

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Research Interests
development of counterterrorism expertise; historical role of government in knowledge on terrorism


Lisa Stampnitzky was a predoctoral fellow at CISAC. She is currently a research fellow in Governance, Accountability and Innovation (GAIn) at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society. She completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2008. Her dissertation, "The Rise of the Terrorism Expert: The Development of Counterterrorism Expertise in the U.S., 1972-2005", concerned the organization of expert knowledge on terrorism from the 1970s to the present day. It examined how terrorism was first identified as a problem, the role of government in organizing the production of knowledge, and the ongoing efforts of academic and practical experts to define the field. She has also written on the historical construction of cultural capital and its role in elite university admissions. She received her BA in sociology from New College of Florida, and her MA in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.