Our Team



Tel. 202-868-2151

Allison G. Smith. Ph.D, co-founder of 101 Research, has spent the past 15 years conducting and managing research focused on countering violent extremism and promoting community resilience. She has consulted for clients both inside and outside of the U.S. government and has expertise in a range of social and behavioral science methods, including quantitative and qualitative content analysis.

From 2007 to 2014, Allison was a social scientist at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she created and managed a multimillion-dollar applied research program, advised agency leadership, and served on national and international committees that determined future research priorities.

She is an accomplished writer who has published peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports but also specializes in conveying research findings to practitioners and others who can use them. Allison received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she conducted award-winning research on the relationship between group rhetoric and extremist violence. She also completed an M.S. in Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature at Dartmouth College.

Ji Sun Lee, J.D.


Tel. 202-868-2030

Ji Sun Lee, J.D. co-founded 101 Research after serving as the Program Director for the Security and Resilience Program at RTI International. The Program conducted applied research and program evaluations to understand the impact of and identify solutions for developing secure and resilient communities.

Before joining RTI International, Ji Sun served in the federal government, as the the Director of the Risk Communications Staff for the Food and Drug Administration, and prior to that appointment was the Acting Deputy Director and the Program Lead for the Community Preparedness and Resilience Program for the Department of Homeland Security.

During her federal career, she managed and developed a research portfolio that was responsive to other federal agencies, state, local and tribal governments, the American public, and private industry. She is ABD in International Educational Development at Teachers College, Columbia University, and received her J.D. and B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Paul G. Harwood, Ph.D


Tel. 202-868-2237

Paul G. Harwood, Ph.D co-founded 101 Research following his roles as Market Research Lead and Staff Quantitative Researcher at Twitter and User Sentiment Researcher at Facebook. Paul is an expert in user experience research, and specializes in survey design, usability and international cross-market research.

In addition, Paul brings over 10 years of federal and state funded research experience to 101 Research, as prior to Facebook and Twitter, he was an Associate Professor, and a Research Fellow at the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Paul has worked with numerous federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Department of Home Security, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and has had his work published in leading political science journals, such as Comparative Politics.

Paul is also currently a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee. Paul holds a Ph.D and a M.A. in Politics and Government from the University of Maryland and a BA (Hons) in American Studies from the University of Kent.