Edith Wu

Edith Wu is an MA student in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.  While her main passion is to understand terrorism, she is also interested in social networks, homicides, and legal studies. Supervised by Dr. Garth Davies, her master’s thesis offers a theoretical framework for domestic anti-state terrorism, the steam-valve theory, by focusing on people’s collective perceptions of political efficacy. Using data from 1990 to 2012, across 18 countries, multilevel negative binomial regressions are used to assess the practicality of this theory. In her honours’ thesis, under the same mentor, social network analysis was applied using media-based primary data to uncover bin-Laden’s successor in al-Qaeda. Apart from her theses, she has given a number of conference presentations on a variety of topics. As a research assistant, she has worked on the Kanishka Project (funded by Public Safety Canada) and papers using data from Canada’s Homicide Survey. With a modest collection of publications, she hopes to make helpful contributions to understanding political violence and other forms of criminality in the future.

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Bouchard, M., Davies, G., Frank, R., Wu, E., & Joffres, K. (Forthcoming, 2018). The Social Structure of Extremist Websites. In J. Littlewood, L. Dawson, & S. Thompson (Eds.), Canada Among Nations, 2018: Terrorism and Counterterrorism. University of Toronto Press.

Pastia, C., Davies, G., & Wu, E. (2017). Factors influencing the probability of clearance and time to clearance of Canadian homicide cases, 1991-2011. Homicide Studies.

Davies, G., Bouchard, M., Wu, E., Joffres, K., & Frank, R. (2015). Terrorist organizations’ use of recruitment on the internet. In M. Bouchard (Ed.), Radical and Connected: Social Networks, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. Routledge.

Wu, E., Carleton, R. & Davies, G. (2014). Discovering bin-Laden’s replacement in al-Qaeda, using social network analysis: A methodological investigation. Perspectives on Terrorism, 8(1), 57-73.