Dr. Victor Asal is Chair of Public Administration and Policy and Professor of Political Science at Rockefeller College, University at Albany SUNY. He is a Research Associate of the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). His first area of research focuses on the choices of violence by nonstate actors. To do this research he has worked to create organizational yearly datasets that allow for a variety of analyses. One such dataset is the Big Allied and Dangerous Dataset that collects data on insurgent and terrorist organizations worldwide. The second is the Minorities at Risk Organizational Behavior Dataset that collects data on both violent and nonviolent ethnopolitical minority organizations. His second area of research focuses on the causes of political discrimination by states against sexual minorities, women and ethnic groups. In addition, Professor Asal has done work on using simulations to teach.