Joseph J. Mroszczyk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Wargaming Department
Joseph J. Mroszczyk faculty photo


Professor Mroszczyk, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the War Gaming Department. He was previously senior manager for intelligence at an international risk and crisis management firm and has worked for Human Terrain System in Iraq and at the Department of Homeland Security. He’s a Navy reserve officer and has mobilized to Djibouti. He has published in USA Today, Terrorism and Political Violence, the Modern War Institute, in books related to irregular warfare and terrorism, and in other outlets. He holds B.A. (political science and history) and M.A. (international relations and religion) degrees from Boston University, as well as a Ph.D. in political science from Northeastern University.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Counterterrorism
  • Deterrence
  • Homeland Security
  • Information Operations
  • Intel
  • International Relations
  • Irregular Warfare
  • National Security
  • Terrorism
  • Wargaming

Professional Highlights


Assistant Professor, War Gaming Department

Hired as Assistant Professor in the War Gaming Department at the U.S. Naval War College.

Team Chief, Joint Operations Center, CJTF-HOA

As a Navy Reservist mobilized to active duty, served as a Team Chief in the Joint Operations Center for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa in Djibouti.

Senior Manager, Intelligence at Global Rescue

Led international team of intelligence analysts and oversaw intelligence products and services in support of clients, which included corporations, government agencies, colleges, and non-profit organizations as well as individual consumers and VIPs.

Intelligence Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve

Received a Direct Commission as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Research Analyst, Human Terrain System, Iraq

As a member of the HTS Social Science Research and Analysis (SSRA) team, deployed to Victory Base Compound in Baghdad, Iraq to provide qualitative and quantitative research support to the US Army at brigade, division, and theater levels.

Honors Fellow, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Worked in the Human Factors Division of the Science and Technology Directorate as well as in the Office of Counterterrorism and Law Enforcement Policy in the Office of Policy.


Ph.D., Northeastern University, 2018, Political Science

M.A., Boston University, 2008, International Relations and Religion

B.A., Boston University, 2007, Political Science and History

Research Contributions and Publications

The Strategic Model of Terrorism
Co-authored with Max Abrahms
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, 2022

Terrorist Targeting in Theory and Practice
Co-authored with Max Abrahms
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies, 2021

Countering Extremist Organizations in the Information Domain
Co-authored with Max Abrahms
Routledge Handbook of U.S. Counterterrorism and Irregular Warfare Operations, 2021

Communicating to Win: How Terrorists Gain Advantage in the Information Environment
Co-authored with Max Abrahms
Irregular Warfare Initiative, Modern War Institute at West Point, 2021

Why the Nashville explosion is confounding terrorism experts
Co-authored with Max Abrahms
USA Today, 2020

To Die or to Kill? An Analysis of Suicide Attack Lethality
Terrorism and Political Violence, 2019

What Terrorist Leaders Want: A Content Analysis of Terrorist Propaganda Videos
Co-authored with Max Abrahms and Nicholas Beauchamp
Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 2017

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