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Mohammed M. Hafez, Ph.D.

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

Department Chair

National Security Affairs


Mohammed M. Hafez earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000. Since 2013, he has been serving as the Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. A specialist in Islamist 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 over 25 journal articles and book chapters on political radicalization, foreign fighters, and Islamist 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 PBS News Hour, NPR, CNN, C-SPAN, and other national and international media forums.

Teaching Interests:

Islamic Fundamentalism

Comparative Politics of the Middle East

Radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism

Scholarly Impact