Radicalization and violent extremism are topics of concern that have become much more pronounced in recent years (Sedgwick, 2010), and radicalization can be defined as the development of extremist ideologies and beliefs (Borum, 2011). Many factors influence individuals to turn from nonviolent to violent ideologies, including propaganda on the Internet (Maher, 2007), social networks and communications with other extremists (Sageman, 2004), political leaders and authority figures (Moghaddam, 2005), and intergroup conflict (McCauley & Moskalenko, 2011). Any of these factors individually, or a combination thereof, may contribute as catalysts for heightened radicalization (Bubolz & Simi, 2015).
Dylan R. Bryant is both a public and private business professional in his work as a dual legislator assistant in House Majority Caucus leadership in the Missouri House of Representatives at the Missouri State Capitol, webmaster and chief marketing coordinator for Bryant Auction LLC., a private liquidation company, member of the board of directors, executive secretary, and a senior research fellow at the American Leadership & Policy Foundation (ALPF), and a graduate of the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) program at Arkansas State University.
Tony Contento, Ph.D. is a plant cell physiologist from Central New York. Recently, the ALPF Board of Directors voted to appoint Dr. Contento as the Interim Director of Research. Dr. Contento is also the Interim Director of the State University of New York at Oswego Agricultural Testing and Analysis Laboratory, where he is a member of the Biological Sciences Department. He is also the Program Coordinator for the General Education curriculum for Colorado State University Global Campus. He earned his Doctoral Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Wyoming, working under Randy Lewis on charactering the structural and mechanical properties of spider silk proteins. While he pursued his studies at UW, he was very active in Student Publications, serving as an assistant Editor for The Branding Iron newspaper and Frontiers magazine. He also served as Editor for the Owen Wister Review literary journal, creating their first spoken word edition.
Dana S. Stockton is a veteran Air Force instructor pilot and Weapons Officer and Senior Fellow at the American Leadership and Policy Foundation. Stockton leads idea development, issue analysis, research strategy, and oversees and cultivates an expansive nationwide network of research teams and fellows concerned with public law, economic, and national security issues that impact America’s citizens and domestic and international interests. His central goal is to ensure America’s citizens and leaders have access to unbiased “pure” information and ideas that aid in strengthening our Republic and democratic ideals.
The American Leadership & Policy Foundation recently welcomed Mr. John LaVanchy to the Foundation as a Junior Fellow. Mr. LaVanchy is a distinguished alumna of Columbia College graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in History with minors in political science, ethics, religion, and philosophy. Mr. LaVanchy began his career in the public sector as a legislative aide for the Agricultural House of Representatives Committee Chairman John Cuathorn shortly upon graduation. After his apprenticeship, he was hired full-time and currently functions as a legislative assistant at the Missouri State Capitol by Representative Andrew McDaniel.