Recently, Dr. Forsberg has moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, to continue graduate training in statistics at Oklahoma State University. This follows his time at the Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. As a Ph.D. student, Dr. Forsberg is increasing his skills with respect to the statistical side of Political Science. He plans to devise statistical methods to make analyzing Political Science data richer.
Raised in Portland, Ole J. Forsberg, a former high school teacher and coach, returned to the enriching world of graduate school, seeking a greater understanding of terror and violence.
Dr. Forsberg holds a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Portland, an M.A.T. in Secondary Education from the Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. (and M.A.) in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. Academic awards he has received at the University of Tennessee include the $15,000 Yates Dissertation Fellowship (2005), a graduate fellowship with the American Academy of Political and Social Science out of the University of Pennsylvania (2005), and the ‘Torchbearer Lectureship’ in the Department of Political Science.
Past research includes effects of the citizens initiative (direct democracy) on the US states, belligerence characteristics of transitional regimes, and the causes of terrorism.
Throughout his graduate career, Dr. Forsberg has presented papers on conflict and terrorism at conferences in St. Louis, MO (2004, 2005); Miami, FL (2005); Washington, DC (2005); İstanbul, Turkey (2005, 2007); Albuquerque, NM (2006); The Hague, The Netherlands (2006); San Diego, CA (2006, 2008); Las Vegas, NV (2007); and Odense, Denmark (May 2007). The Turkish National Police invited Dr. Forsberg to İstanbul to speak on terrorism and democracy in June 2007. This discussion was especially apropos considering the upcoming election in Turkey at the time.
Finally, he has also received specialized quantitative training at the Johns Hopkins University (1990, current) and at the ICPSR summer institute (2005). This training was especially useful for him as a Research Scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2007–2008).
In addition to classes, research, and other serious endeavors, Dr. Forsberg enjoys jogging, confusing his left and right hands, and watching Japanese Anime.