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Mohammed Mahmoud Hafez, Ph.D.

Contact Info

(831) 656-7660
Office Address:
Glasgow Hall, Room 319B

Chair, Associate Professor

Middle East, Islamism, Jihadism, Terrorism


Mohammed Mahmoud Hafez earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000. He is now an Associate Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  Previously, he served as a counterterrorism consultant to the U.S. government and Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

A specialist in Islamic movements and political violence, his books include Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World (2003); Manufacturing Human Bombs: The Making of Palestinian Suicide Bombers (2006); and Suicide Bombers in Iraq: The Strategy and Ideology of Martyrdom (2007).

Dr. Hafez is also the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles on Islamic movements, political radicalization, foreign fighters, and jihadist ideologies. He regularly briefs government and military analysts on issues related to terrorism, war of ideas, and countering radicalization. Dr. Hafez has made several appearances on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, CNN, C-SPAN, and other national and international media outlets.

Teaching Interests:

Islamic Fundamentalism

Comparative Politics in the Middle East

Special Topics: Radicalization and Counter-radicalization

Scholarly Impact