Media Seek Nichols Counterterrorism Expert’s Perspective on Columbia Gas Explosions

Dr. Allison McDowell-Smith, director of Nichols College’s Counterterrorism Studies graduate program

DUDLEY, Mass.—Counterterrorism expert Professor Allison McDowell-Smith, Ph.D., director of Nichols College’s Counterterrorism Studies graduate program, was interviewed by media outlets for her take on the Sept. 13, 2018, Columbia Gas explosions and fires in the Merrimack Valley communities of Andover, North Andover, and Lawrence, Mass.

The Master of Science in Counterterrorism Studies is the first graduate program in the United States to focus on violent extremism.

  • Read Who.What.Why.’s interview with Dr. McDowell-Smith: “Mass. Gas Grid Blows Up, and Answers Are Elusive,” Sept. 22, 2018.
  • Watch Professor Allison McDowell-Smith, Ph.D., on the Sept. 14, 2018, edition of Worcester News Tonight, starting at the 6:30 mark:


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Lorraine U. Martinelle
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