Christopher C. Lee

Maryland School of Public Policy
Class of 2015

Christopher is currently a Research Assistant at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.  There, he is helping develop a resource library of terrorist narratives and non-violent alternative narratives for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) practitioners.

Christopher hopes to use his graduate study of security policy and Islamist political movements to build a career supporting CVE programs, either in the US or the Middle East. At the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, Christopher studied security policy and wrote a thesis examining domestic CVE programs in light of the academic literature on the radicalization process.  Previously, Christopher earned a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. There, his thesis examined the intellectual influences that gave birth to Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement. This built on his previous undergraduate work at Yale University where, as a Religious Studies major, he wrote about the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideological reaction to the 1952 Egyptian Revolution.

In 2011, Christopher received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to further his study of Arabic. He has also taken courses in French and Persian (Farsi).  Christopher is originally from Huntsville, Alabama and prior to graduate school he worked as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Bud Cramer.