USC Price School of Public Policy

Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies

Wade Michael Page: Neo-Nazi who attacked the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, killing four and wounding six others.
Kevin Harpham: White supremacist who planted a radio-controlled IED intended for the Martin Luther King memorial march in Spokane. He was noted for connections to the neo-Nazi Nationalist Alliance, based on racial and religious supremacy, with a particular hatred of Jews.
Andrew Joseph Stack: Sovereign Citizen who, after writing a lengthy anti-government manifesto and burning his house down, engaged in a suicide mission by crashing his Piper Dakota aircraft into the IRS field office in Austin, Texas, killing himself and an employee in the office.
Timothy McVeigh: A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, McVeigh detonated a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, killing 168 people and injuring more than 600 in the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in United States history.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev: After living in the United States for most of their lives, the Tsarnaev brothers detonated explosives at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring approximately 264 others.
Amanda and Jerad Miller: Espoused anti-government extremists who executed two Las Vegas police officers in a restaurant and an intervening armed civilian.

Homegrown Violent Extremism (HVE) Studies Program

The threat from terrorism touches every corner of the globe, and the United States is facing a troubling increase in homegrown violent extremism (HVE). Understanding the need for our communities to respond to the risk of HVE, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy has initiated the Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program.

This program serves as an epicenter for community-centric HVE analysis, research, education, media and events. The program brings together an international, interdisciplinary collection of HVE Studies Associates. Counterterrorism experts, scholars, government officials, faith-based leaders and former extremists provide their respective expertise to identify potential community-driven strategies, policies and programs intended to reduce the risk of recruitment and radicalization. The program is being led by Dr. Erroll Southers

About the HVE Studies Program Director

Dr. Erroll Southers is the Director of the SCI Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program and award-winning Adjunct Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is a former FBI Special Agent, Presidential nominee for TSA Administrator and California Governor’s appointee to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. He holds roles around the world and throughout the international counterterrorism and national security arena. He is the author of Homegrown Violent Extremism, has testified before the full Congressional Committee on Homeland Security as a subject matter expert, and appears on various media networks as a counterterrorism analyst. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and holds masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from USC.