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Heather S. Gregg
Associate Professor
Mail Code: DA
Department of Defense Analysis
Graduate School of Operational and Information Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-3689
Email: hsgregg (at)
PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
Political Science, International Relations and Security Studies
MA - Harvard Divinity School, 1998
Theological Studies, Islam
BA - University of California at Santa Cruz, 1993
Cultural Anthropology
  • Associate professor, Department of Defense Analysis
  • Assistant professor, Department of Defense Analysis
  • 2003-2006, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica Office. Associate Political Scientist
  • Religion
  • Religious violence
  • Political ideologies
  • Counterinsurgency tactics and strategy
  • Foreign Internal Defense
  • Religiously motivated violence
  • Countering Al Qaeda’s ideology
  • Identities and violence
  • COIN and FID
  • Ending insurgencies
  • Energy, Technology and International Affairs Grant (MIT), Dissertation Completion Grant Summer 2003
  • MacArthur Grant for Security Studies Research Topic: “Government Reactions to Contested Sacred Space: Jerusalem and Ayodhya,” Summer 2002
  • Mellon Foundation Grant on International Migration Research Topic: “The Role of Ethnic Lobbies in Securing Aid to the Homeland,” Summer 2001
  • MacArthur Grant for Security Studies Research Topic: “Hypotheses on Religion and War,” Summer 2000
  • Scholarship Recipient, Harvard Divinity School Academic years 1996-1997 and 1997-1998
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member
  • Women in International Security
  • “U.S. Relations with Islamic Organizations in the Middle East,” Middle East Handbook, (Routledge, 2009)
  • “Fighting Cosmic Warriors: Lessons from the First Seven Years of the Global War on Terror,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, (Winter 2009)
  • After Saddam: Pre-War Planning and the Occupation of Iraq, (Santa Monica, RAND, 2008)
  • Beyond Al Qaeda, Part I and II, Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Sara A. Daly, Heather S. Gregg, Theodore W. Karasik, Kevin A. O'Brien, William Rosenau (Santa Monica: RAND, 2006)
  • Exploring Religious Conflict, Gregory F. Treverton, Heather S. Gregg, Daniel Gibran, Charles Yost (Santa Monica: RAND, 2005)
  • Keywords: Religious Violence Al Qaeda Global War on Terror Political ideologies FID COIN

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