Academic book focuses on terrorism, by Joseph T. McCann’s Terrorism on American Soil, published this fall by Sentient Publications
Terrorism has plagued the United States throughout its history, though some seem to believe it began with the Oklahoma City bombing and the Sept. 11 attacks. A new book by a Binghamton University adjunct faculty member argues that studying the history of terrorism in this country can lead to an understanding of the changing nature of the problem, methods for coping with the threat and the psychological, political and legal principles involved.
Joseph T. McCann’s Terrorism on American Soil, published this fall by Sentient Publications, features more than three dozen case studies of attacks in the United States, dating from Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. Each one incorporates a legal or psychological element in a way accessible to a general audience.
“There have been many terrorist attacks throughout our history, by many different individuals and for different reasons, some of which overlap,” McCann said. “Certain trends in terrorism repeat themselves. Some of the issues that were present a hundred years ago with anarchists are the same issues we’re struggling with today.”
McCann, 47, a clinical psychologist at Binghamton General Hospital who also holds a law degree, is an adjunct assistant professor in the Psychology Department.
He teaches an undergraduate seminar each fall titled Psychology, Terrorism and Law. “I want to give students a broad introduction to the topic,” he said. “Terrorism is an emotional topic. I have had some students who’ve been directly affected by terrorism. I try to approach it in a balanced, academic way.”
McCann traces his interest in terrorism to his early forensic work with courts and jails. He used to do violence risk assessments and threat assessments for schools and others.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, McCann did…READ MORE HERE