Violence, Terrorism, Radical Beliefs and Behavior, Hate Crimes, Violent Groups and Movements, Juvenile Delinquency, Developmental and Life-Couse Criminology


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 B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri (2011) and his M.A. in Criminology from Drury University (2014). His research relies upon developmental and life-course criminology and symbolic interactionist perspective to examine the overlap between conventional criminal offending and violent extremism. His interests are primarily at the individual-level and focus on how the negative consequences of physical/psychological trauma, identity formation, and interpersonal violence intersect with political extremism.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

  • Simi, P. & Windisch, S. (2020). The Culture of Violent Talk: An Interpretive Approach. Soc. Sci. 9(7), 120-136. 
  • Windisch, S., Simi, P., Blee, K. & DeMichele, M. (2020). Measuring the Extent and Nature of Adverse Childhood Experiences among Former White Supremacists. Terrorism and Political Violence 
  • Simi, P. & Windisch, S. (2020). Why Radicalization Fails: Barriers to Mass Casualty Violence. Terrorism and Political Violence, 32(4), 831-850.
  • Simi, P., Windisch, S., Harris, D., & Ligon, G. S. (2019). Anger from Within: The Role of Emotions in Disengagement from Violent Extremism. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, 7(2), 3-27.
  • Windisch, S., Ligon, G. S., & Simi, P. (2019). Organizational [Dis]trust: Comparing Disengagement among Former Far-Left and Far-Right Extremists. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 41(6), 559-580.
  • Windisch, S., Simi, P., Blee, K., & DeMichele, M. (2018). Understanding the Micro-Situational Dynamics of White Supremacist Violence in the United States. Perspectives on Terrorism, 12(6), 23-37.
  • Windisch, S., Logan, M. K., & Ligon, G. S. (2018). Headhunting among Extremist Organizations: An Empirical Assessment of Talent Spotting. Perspectives on Terrorism, 12(2), 44-62. 
  • Simi, P., Blee, K., DeMichele, M., & Windisch, S. (2017). Addicted to Hate: Identity Residual among Former White Supremacists. American Sociological Review, 82(6), 1167-1187.
  • Windisch, S., Simi, P., Ligon, G. S., & McNeel, H. (2016). Disengagement from Ideologically-Based and Violent Organizations: A Systematic Review of the Literature. Journal for Deradicalization, 9(1), 1-38.

Courses Taught

  • CJ 3504: Hate Crimes
  • CJ 2602: Criminal Justice Statistics