Cybercrime, Social Engineering, Critical Infrastructure, Social Media


Aunshul Rege, PhD, is an Associate Professor with the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, USA. She holds a PhD and MA in Criminal Justice, an MA and BA in Criminology, and a BSc in Computer Science. She has been researching proactive cybersecurity in the context of cybercrimes against critical infrastructures for over 10 years. Specifically, her National Science Foundation funded (CAREER, CPS, EAGER) research examines adversarial and defender behavior, decision-making, adaptations, modus operandi, and group dynamics. More recently, she has started researching social engineering, which is the psychological manipulation of individuals to start and maintain cyberattacks. Her research has been published in several outlets, such as the Journal of Information Warfare, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Security Journal, and the IEEE Intelligent Systems. Dr. Rege is also passionate about educating the next generation workforce across the social and hard sciences about the relevance of the human factor in cybersecurity through experiential learning.

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Selected Publications

  • Rege, A., Mendlein, A. & Williams, K. (forthcoming). "Security and Privacy Education for STEM Undergraduates: A Shoulder Surfing Course Project". Proceedings of the IEEE Frontiers in Education.
  • Rege, A., VanZant, S. (2019). "Examining the Roles of Muhajirahs in the Islamic State via Twitter". Proceedings of the IEEE Cyber Science ConferenceWinner of Best Paper Award.
  • Rege, A., Williams, K. & Mendlein, A. (2019). "A Social Engineering Course Project for Undergraduate Students Across Multiple Disciplines". Proceedings of the IEEE Cyber Science Conference.
  • Rege, A. & Adams, J. (2019). “The need for more sophisticated cyber-physical systems war gaming exercises”. Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security.
  • Rege, A., Williams, K. & Mendlein, A. (2019). “An experiential learning cybersecurity project for multiple STEM undergraduates”. Proceedings from the IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference.
  • Rege, A., Obradovic, Z., Asadi, N., Parker, E., Pandit, R., Masceri, N. & Singer, B.  (2018). Predicting Adversarial Cyber Intrusion Stages Using Autoregressive Neural Networks. Special Issue: Data Mining for Cyber Security. IEEE Intelligent Systems 33(2): 29-39.

Courses Taught


  • CJ 3007: Computer Crime 
  • CJ 3403: Organized Crime 
  • CJ 3000: Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice 
  • CJ 2401: Nature of Crime 


  • CJ 8320: Cybercrime
  • CJ 8310: Surveillance, Security, and Society
  • CJ 8106: Theories of Crime and Deviance

Media Mentions

Aunshul Rege Featured on BBC Africa and BBC World Service and CBC Podcasts
via BBC on February 15, 2023

Aunshul Rege Featured on BBC Africa and BBC World Service and CBC Podcasts

Criminal Justice Associate Professor Aunshul...