Jeffrey Treistman, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor
Chair, Department of National Security
Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences

Ph.D., International Relations & Public Policy, Syracuse University, 2017
M.A., Economics, Syracuse University, 2012
M.P.P., International & Global Affairs, Harvard University, 2010
B.A., History, University of Colorado, 2003

About Jeffrey

Dr. Treistman is an Associate Professor of National Security at the University of New Haven’s Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Prior to coming to the University of New Haven, Dr. Treistman was a Research Assistant at the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism. He also served as a consultant to the Department of Defense’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) and was a Policy Advisor for the Department of State in Iraq. Dr. Treistman currently sits on the editorial board for the journal Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. His research interests focus on military policy, international relations, asymmetric war, and terrorism.



When Bad States Win: Rethinking Counterinsurgency Strategy (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2022).


"Automotive Ground Vehicles’ Resilience to HEMP Attack: An Emergency Management Mitigation Plan," Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy 2, no. 2 (2021): 157-188. (Co-authors: Julian LoRusso, Mariama Yakubu, Wayne Sandford, Ed Goldberg, and Matt Van Benschoten)

“Social Exclusion and Political Violence: Multilevel Analysis of the Justification of Terrorism,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (2021).

"European Migration and Terrorism: Humanitarian Crisis, Political Rhetoric, or Pragmatic Policy?" Conflict, Security, & Development 21, no. 3 (2021): 337-370. (Co-author: Charles Gomez)

"Revisiting Reactionary Terrorism: Definitions, Causes, and Consequences." Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism 16, no. 2 (2021): 192-201.

"Using Combat Losses of Medical Personnel to Estimate the Value of Battlefield Trauma Care in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan." Defence and Peace Economics 26, no. 5 (2015): 465-490. (Co-authors: Ying Deng, Chris Rohlfs, and Ryan Sullivan.)

"The Colonial War Revisited: Coding the Military Outcomes." African Security Review 21, no. 3 (2012): 68-74.

"Home Away From Home: Dynamics of Counterinsurgency Warfare." Comparative Strategy 31, no. 3 (2012): 235-252.

"Victory Over Terrorism: Essential Services as Counterinsurgency Strategy." Joint Force Quarterly 53 (2009): 110-115.


“Russia might win by killing civilians.” The Hill, April 14, 2022.

“No, Trump would not have stopped Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.” The Hill, March 3, 2022.

“Right-wing Extremism: History repeats itself – and the worst may be yet to come.” The Hill, September 8, 2021.

“America’s Defeat in Afghanistan: The Problem was the Entrance, Not the Exit.” InsideSources, August 22, 2021.

"New York City Terror Attack is the New Normal." The Hill, December 11, 2017.

"ISIS turns to lone wolves for Christmas attacks as caliphate crumbles." The Hill, November 29, 2017.

"Las Vegas Highlights Islamist Terrorism is not America’s Greatest Domestic Threat." The Hill, October 4, 2017.

"We Should Question US Rail Safety in Wake of Failed London Train Bombing." The Hill, September 25, 2017.

Courses Taught
  • NSEC 1100: Intro to National Security
  • NSEC 2251: Quantitative Applications in National Security
  • NSEC 4409/6609: Terrorism, Revolutions, & Insurgencies
  • NSPS 6647: The Economics of National Security
  • NSPS 6650: National Security Policy & Strategy
  • NSPS 6680: Research Methods & Intelligence Analysis

In the Media

In the Media

WTIC AM: News Update

Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, discusses the latest developments in the war in Ukraine.

In the Media

Impolitic: Gun Control

Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security, and Matthew Schmidt, associate professor of international affairs, national affairs, and political sciences, discuss the history of gun control policies with well-known professor Robert Spritzer.

The Hill: New York City Terror Attack is the New Normal

In an op-ed following an explosion in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Jeffrey Treistman, assistant professor of national security and a former policy adviser with the U.S. Department of State, says counterterrorism policy should focus on bolstering the capabilities of local police officers.