Bahá’í Chair for World Peace
1114 Chincoteague Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Ernesto Hawkins is a Program Assistant at The Bahá'í Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland, College Park where he works to support the programmatic and research activities for the Chair. Immediately prior to joining the Chair, he worked at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) with the Geospatial Intelligence and Incident Locations team. In this role, he supported START's longest running research project, the Global Terrorism Database by geocoding and analyzing the locations of terrorist attacks worldwide and conducting geospatial analysis to support the publication of research.
Previously, Ernesto was a Public Policy Fellow at Twitter in Washington, D.C., where he analyzed policy and conducted research on countering violent extremism online and internet policies such as Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments (FISA) Reauthorization Act of 2017, net neutrality regulations, and privacy polcies. His research interests focus on understanding the unfolding impacts of technology adoption and how those impact governance, innovation, societal advancement, peace, conflict, and security.
Ernesto holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Morehouse College. While in college, he studied French at Université Toulouse and spent a semester at Georgetown University, where he completed his senior thesis which focused on the correlation between economic inequality and terrorism