P.M. Picucci, Ph.D.


Background and Interest

Actively seeking to transition from academia in order to apply research expertise in national security and terrorism studies to a profession within the research/analysis elements of the security and intelligence community: doctoral thesis on group level political psychological studies of Islamic terrorism and Masters degree in National Security Studies. Conversant in a wide variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods including statistical analysis, content analysis, event data, and game theory. Advanced education is also supported by knowledge of and the application of programming languages and other information technology tools.



Professional Experience

Research Assistant for the Center for International Political Analysis – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Kansas Event Data System (KEDS), Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS) and Political Instability Task Force (PITF)

                  May 2008 to current

• Performs statistical analyses and interpretation of event data sets

• Maintains and updates project documentation and web presence

• Assists multi-person research staff with event data coding and computer usage assistance


Graduate Student Research Assistant for Professors P. Schrodt & D. Gerner

Kansas Event Data System (KEDS) and Text Analysis by Augmented Replacement Instructions (TABARI) research programs:

Spring 2000, Summer 2000, Spring 2002, Summer 2004

• Performed various programming (C, Pascal) and documentation tasks related to KEDS supporting applications

• Performed KEDS computer assisted event data coding including bulk news story downloads and filtration

• Maintained multiple desktop computer network


Graduate Student Research Assistant for Professor J. Kaarbo

Text revision of Global Politics 8th edition:

Spring 2003 & Fall 2003

• Performed library and internet based data searches

• Located and obtained specific academic articles related to revised book chapters

• Developed various graphs, charts, and graphics used to display data


Instructor / Trainer and Software Support Technician

                  NovaNet Inc. (Urbana, IL): April 1998 – July 1999

• Supported instructional software provider via internal & external training on software

• Corrected non-functional or sub-optimally functioning educational software modules

• Performed day to day database and network maintenance of custom distributed learning system


Computer Help Desk Instructor / Trainer

                  Facilities Plus Inc. (Rockville, MD): January 1996 – February 1998

• Assisted sales force of a Fortune 500 company with hardware & software troubleshooting on 40+ person helpdesk

• Managed training of incoming employees on existing software

• Provided instruction for new software and hardware to all current employees

• Oversaw the development and maintenance of training courses and manuals for the above instruction



Conference Papers

A Nested Game Model of Protest & Repression Interactions in Authoritarian States

                  South West Political Science Association 2002


Terrorism’s Operational Code

                  Midwest International Studies Association 2003


The Operational Code of al–Qaeda (poster session)

                  Midwest Political Science Association 2005



Professional Organization Memberships

APSA – American Political Science Association

ISPP – International Society of Political Psychology

WIIS – Women in International Security



Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record – major lecture course (200+ students)

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                  Introduction to Comparative Politics: Fall 2004


Instructor of Record – independent sections (under 40 students)

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                  Introduction to Comparative Politics: Spring 2001, Summer 2001, Fall 2001

                  Introduction to International Relations: Summer 2002


Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

                  Introduction to Comparative Politics: Fall 2002

                  Introduction to International Relations: Fall 1999, Spring 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2008)

California State University, San Bernardino, CA

                  Introduction to American Government: Spring 1993




Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science (2008)

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Primary Fields: International Relations & Comparative Politics, Secondary Field: Research Methodology

Dissertation: Terrorism’s Operational Code: the Belief Systems of al–Qaeda and Hamas

URL: http://hdl.handle.net/1808/4051


Master of Arts in National Security Studies (1993)

California State University, San Bernardino, CA


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1989)

Certification in Research Methodology

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL



Skill Sets

Research Skills


Operational Code/content analysis via the Verbs In Context System (VICS)

Event data coding via KEDS & TABARI

Game theory including nested game models



Statistical Analyses including: Cluster Analyses & Linear Regression techniques


Computer Skills (primarily Mac based platforms but familiar with Unix and Window platforms as well)

                  Research Specific Software

                                    Profiler Plus: content analysis

                                    KEDS and TABARI: event data coding

                                    STATA: statistical analysis (some familiarity with other programs)


                  Programming Languages (basic programming, document & website layout)

                                    Fortran – Pascal – C

                                    Html – LaTeX


Communication Skills

                  Public Speaking

                                    State & National level speech and debate competitor

                                    Regular volunteer for informational public speaking engagements

                                    Experienced instructional speaker (small group to 200+ students)

                  Writing & Documentation

                                    Instructional material preparation

                                    Software manual documentation

                                    Research project writing

                                                      Proposals – Abstracts – Summaries – Manuscripts



Academic & Professional References

Contact information will be provided upon request.


Dr. Philip Schrodt

Professor, Political Science - University of Kansas

Primary advisor & member of doctoral committee


Dr. Juliet Kaarbo

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Political Science – University of Kansas

Chair of doctoral committee


Dr. Catherine Weaver

Professor, Political Science – University of Kansas

Member of doctoral committee


Caitlyn Antrim

Executive Director – Rule of Law Committee for the Oceans