Dr. William Tafoya

"National Security in Israel"
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marvin K. Peterson Library


University of New Haven Professor and Director of the University of New Haven National Security Program and the University of New Haven Forensic Computer Investigation Program, William Tafoya Ph.D., has been selected to serve as an Academic Fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies anti-terrorism training program this summer.


The fellowship provides university professors with a detailed understanding of the terror threats that face the U.S. and other democratic nations. Centered on a 10-day course taught in conjunction with Tel Aviv University, the program takes place entirely in Israel. As a Foundation for the Defense of Democracies fellow, Tafoya will interact with academics, diplomats, military and intelligence officials, and politicians from Israel, Jordan, India, Turkey and the United States. He will also visit military bases, border zones and other security installations to learn the practical side of deterring terrorist attacks.

Biographical Information

A retired special agent of the FBI, Tafoya teaches national security and forensic computer investigation courses at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences at the University of New Haven. He received considerable international media coverage for his 1994 profile of Theodore Kaczynski (Unabomber), and is currently researching the application of the cross-impact methodology in an effort to assess the likelihood of forecasting various terrorist attacks.

He is also interested in the use of high technology by the intelligence community as well as the behavioral traits of cyber criminals. Tafoya received his B.S. in criminal justice from San Jose State University, an MPA from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland.


For additional information please visit Dr. Tayofa's University of New Haven web page.