Erin M. Kearns (@KearnsErinM) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama. Her primary research seeks to understand the relationship among terrorism, media, law enforcement, and the public. Her publications include articles on why groups lie about terrorism, media coverage of terrorism and counterterrorism, public perceptions of terrorism and counterterrorism practices, and relationships between communities and law enforcement. Her work has been funded through a number of sources, including the National Consortium for the Study of and Responses to Terrorism (START). Her work has been featured on numerous media outlets including CNN, The Economist, NPR, the Washington Post, and Vox. She serves on the editorial board of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict and has served as a consultant for the Police Foundation and the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing.