Assistant Professor

Bo Jiang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Macau.  He is largely interested in applying methods from computational sciences to address policy-relevant issues within criminology and criminal justice. His recent projects include 1) machine learning and big data for predictive modelling of terrorist organizations using the Global Terrorism Database, 2) quantifying the impact of popularity on social media for terrorist organizations and social unrests; and 3) spatial-temporal patterns of hot spots and harm spots of crimes.

Jiang earned a PhD from the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland where he was trained at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).  Prior to joining UM, he held faculty positions at the National University of Singapore, George Washington University, University of Maryland and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Jiang also served as a consultant for the Police Executive Programme of the University of Cambridge.

Jiang’s work is represented by his 2017 article on social control, trade openness and human trafficking.  He developed a macro-level social disorganization perspective and discovered an inverted-U relationship between trade openness and human trafficking.  In his 2020 study on prison and violent extremism in the United States, he found consistent evidence that politically motivated extremists who have spent time in prison and were radicalized there are more likely to engage in violent political extremism post prison.

  • Ph.D., Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland, 2019
  • M.S., Department of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
  • B.Soc.Sci. (Hons) & M.Soc.Sci., Department of Economics, National University of Singapore, 2009 & 2011
  • Computational Social Science
  • Terrorism & Violent Extremism
  • Counterterrorism & Countering Violent Extremism
  • Radicalization & Deradicalization
  • Evidence-based Policing

The Research Center for Counterterrorism, People’s Public Security University of China
Honorary Senior Research Fellow
中國人民公安大學反恐怖研究中心榮譽高級研究員

College of Ocean Science and Engineering, Shanghai Maritime University
Senior Research Fellow

Graduate School, University of Maryland
Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award

American Society of Criminology, Division of International Criminology
Student Paper Competition (Doctoral Program) First Place Winner

The Association of Chinese Criminology and Criminal Justice in the United States
Executive Board Director

American Society of Criminology, Division of Terrorism and Biased Crime
Executive Board Director

  1. LaFree, G., Jiang, B., and Porter, L. C. 2020. Prison and Violent Political Extremism in the United States. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 36(3): 473-498
  2. Jiang, B. and LaFree, G. 2017. Social Control, Trade Openness and Human Trafficking. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 33(4):887-913