Jennifer Jefferis

Jennifer Jefferis is a Teaching Professor and the Director of Curriculum at the Security Studies Program, in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.

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She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Boston University.  Her academic research focuses on religion and political violence, and she is the author of three books on this topic:  Hamas: Terrorism, Governance, and its Future in the Region(Praeger 2016)  Religion and Political Violence: Sacred Protest in the Modern World(Routledge 2009) and Armed for Life: Anti-Abortion Politics in the United States(Praeger 2011), as well as several articles on religion and violence.


Prior to coming to Georgetown, Jennifer was a professor at the Near East and South Asia Center for Strategic Studies where she developed security related programs for government and civilian leaders in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinian Territories, and Israel, among other places.  She was an associate professor of Security Studies at the National Defense College of the United Arab Emirates, and she served as the Associate Dean of Academics at the College of International Security Affairs in Washington D.C.