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Michael Elliot Freeman

Associate Provost (Faculty Affairs)
Faculty Administration

Phone: (831) 656-3731
NPS Experience
  • 2020 - current: Professor
  • 2012 - 2020: Associate Professor
  • 2005 - 2012: Assistant Professor
Other Experience
  • 2004 Visiting Lecturer, Committee on International Relations, University of Chicago
  • 2016 - 2016 Visiting Professor, Middlebury Institute for International Studies
  • 2003 - 2004 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Security Technology Studies Dartmouth College
  • 1997 - 2000 Analyst (with top-secret security clearances), Directorate of Intelligence and National Imagery and Mapping Agency Central Intelligence Agency
Research Interests
Terrorism and Democracy
Causes of Terrorism
Counter-terrorism Policy
Pedagogical Innovations
Online "Serious" Games
Teaching Interests
U.S. Foreign Policy
International Relations Theory


  • 2014 - Richard W. Hamming Teaching Award, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1999 - Dissertation Fellowship, Program on International Security Policy
  • 1998 - Mellon Dissertation Fellowship
  • 1997 - Graduate Fellowship, Central Intelligence Agency

Scholarly Work

  • Book
  • (2012). Terror Financing: Case Studies Ashgate.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2003). Freedom or Security: The Consequences for Democracies Using Emergency Powers to Fight Terror Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Book Chapter
  • Freeman, M. E., L'Heureux, C., Furleigh, D., & Pope, D, (2012). Iraq. Financing Terrorism (pp. 39--58). Routledge.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2012). Thinking Critically about Terrorist Financing. Terror Financing: Case Studies Ashgate.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2010). Insurgent Finances in Iraq. Three Circles of War: Understanding the Dynamics of conflict in Iraq Potomac.
  • Dynes, S., Goetz, E., & Freeman, M. E, (2007). Cyber security: Are economic incentives adequate? Critical Infrastructure Protection (pp. 15--27).
  • Freeman, M. E, (2004). Counterterrorism and privacy: The changing landscape of surveillance and civil liberties. Information ethics: Privacy and intellectual property (pp. 163--179). Idea Group.
  • Computer Program/Software/Application/Model
  • Freeman, M. E, (2017). CyberStrike Advanced.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2017). Rebellion.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2017). SpecOps in VR.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2016). SpecOps.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2015). Dark Networks.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2015). Follow the Money.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2015). CyberStrike.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2014). Contagion.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2014). Asymmetric Warfare.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2013). Balance of Terror.
  • Journal Article
  • Freeman, M. E., & Lyons, T. W, (2020). Education is the Technology the Navy Needs Most. Proceedings, (July 2020).
  • Freeman, M. E, (2017). Pushing the Envelope of Pedagogical Gaming: Dark Networks. PS: Political Science and Politics, 4(50).
  • Freeman, M. E, (2014). A theory of terrorist leadership (and its consequences for leadership targeting) Terrorism and Political Violence, 4(26), 666--687.
  • Freeman, M. E., & Ruehsen, M, (2013). How Terrorists Move Money: An Introduction. Perspectives on Terrorism, 4(7).
  • Freeman, M. E, (2011). The Sources of Terrorist Financing: Theory and Typology. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 6(34).
  • Freeman, M. E., Tucker, D., & Merten, S, (2010). Pathways to terror: Finding patterns prior to an attack. Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 1(5), 75--85.
  • Freeman, M. E, (2008). Democracy, Al-Qaeda, and the Causes of Terrorism: A Strategic Analysis of U.S. Policy. Democracy and Security, 1(31).
  • Freeman, M. E, (2007). Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties (roundtable) Focus on Law Studies, 2(22).
  • Freeman, M. E, (2006). Terrorism and Civil Liberties in the United States: How to Have Both Freedom and Security. Democracy and Security, 2(2), 231--261.
  • Online Bibliography
  • Freeman, M. E, (2016). Terrorist Financing.
  • Technical Report
  • Freeman, M. E., & Rothstein, H. S, (2011). Gangs and guerrillas: Ideas from counterinsurgency and counterterrorism.