Violence, White Supremacy, Hate Crimes, Developmental and Life-Couse Criminology, Qualitative Research Methods


Dr. Windisch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He received his M.A. in Criminology from Drury University (2014) and his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri (2011).

Dr. Windisch’s research relies upon developmental and life-course criminology and symbolic interactionist perspective to examine the overlap between conventional criminal offending and violent extremism. Specifically, his research, funded by the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center (NCITE), examines the nature of electoral violence in the U.S. to assess the transition from political hate speech to election-motivated violence. Additionally, Dr. Windisch has received support from NCITE to examine both the counterterrorism (CT) workforce and the academic literature to understand better the data-related limitations and needs of individuals in the CT workforce. The second objective is to identify existing datasets related to domestic violent extremism (DVE) and targeted violence and synthesize that information in a helpful format for the CT workforce.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Windisch, S., Wiedlitzka, S., Olaghere, A. & Jenaway, E. M. (2022). Online Interventions for Reducing Hate Speech and Cyberhate: A Systematic Review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 18(e1243), 1-25.
  • Logan, M., Windisch, S., & Simi, P. (2022). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Violent Extremism: A Comparison of Left-Wing and Right-Wing Extremists. Terrorism and Political Violence.
  • Windisch, S. & Simi P. (2022). More Than a Joke: White Supremacist Humor as a Daily Form of Resistance. Deviant Behavior
  • Jenaway, E. & Windisch, S. (2022). And the Last Straw Falls: The Cumulative Influence of Disillusionment among Former Viet Cong Insurgents. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.
  • Windisch, S., Simi, P., Blee, K., & DeMichele, M. (2022). “More than Walking Away: Barriers to Disengagement among Former White Supremacist Extremists.” In B. Perry, J. Gruenewald, and R. Scrivens (Eds.), Right-Wing Extremism in Canada and the United States. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 2602: Criminal Justice Statistics
  • CJ 3000: White Supremacy and Domestic Terrorism (Special Topics)
  • CJ 3504: Hate Crimes
  • CJ 4082: Independent Study
  • CJ 8310: Extremism and Political Violence (Special Topics)