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Alumni News: Joseph Mroszczyk

The department of Political Science congratulates Joseph Mroszczyk (PhD 2018) on his appointment to a tenure track Assistant Professor position in the War Gaming Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Joe’s dissertation was entitled “Dying for a Reason: An Empirical Assessment of the Tactical Utility of Suicide Operations” and his dissertation chair was Professor Max Abrahms. Joe’s previous positions include working as a defense contractor at the U.S. Naval War College and as Senior Manager for Intelligence at Global Rescue, an international travel risk and crisis management company. He also serves as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. His recent papers include “The Strategic Model of Terrorism” and “Terrorist Targeting in Theory and Practice” both co-authored with Professor Abrahms in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies. He also solo authored “To Die or To Kill? An Analysis of Suicide Attack Lethality” in Terrorism and Political Violence.

On his time in the program, Mroszczyk said: “The Political Science Ph.D. program at Northeastern really prepared me for the research I’ll be doing at the Naval War College. I think the most valuable skill I took away from the program was how to plan and conduct research – learning how to think rather than what to think. In my work at the Naval War College, I’ll be examining a variety of different issues for the Navy and the Department of Defense through war games and other research, so having this background in research methodology is vitally important. I owe a lot to the Northeastern political science faculty, particularly Professors Max Abrahms and Steve Flynn, for their mentorship over the years.”

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