Elena Mastors, Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Mastors focuses her research on political psychology as it pertains to intelligence, conflict, terrorism, and political leadership.  She writes frequently on understanding leaders and group dynamics from a political-psychological perspective. Her book projects include:

Elena Mastors The Theory and Practice of Terrorism: Alternative Paths of InquiryThe Theory and Practice of Terrorism: Alternative Paths of Inquiry (Nova Science Publishers, 2017);

Elena Mastors Introduction to Political PsychologyIntroduction to Political Psychology, 3rd Edition (Routledge, 2016);

Elena Mastors Breaking Al-Qaeda: Psychological and Operational TechniquesBreaking Al Qaeda: Psychological and Operational Techniques, 2nd Edition (CRC Press, 2014); and

Elena Mastors The Lesser Jihad: Recruits and the al-Qaida NetworkThe Lesser Jihad: Recruits and the Al-Qaida Network (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007).

Her shorter recent publications include:

  • Elena Mastors and Joseph Campos, “Intelligence Studies, Theory and Intergroup Conflict Resolution: Theory and Beyond,” in National Security and Counterintelligence in the Era of Cyber Espionage, Eugenie da Silva, ed. (Hershey: IGI Global, 2015).
  • Elena Mastors and Nicole Drumhiller, “What’s in a Flag? Identity, Symbols and Protests in Belfast,” Peace & Change, 39:4 (2014); Elena Mastors and Rhea Siers, “Omar Hammami: A Case Study in Radicalization,” Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 32:3 (2014);
  • and and “Intelligence Studies, Theory, and Intergroup Conflict Resolution: Theory and Beyond.”

Dr. Mastors has been an academic administrator for almost a decade.  She has also served as an associate professor in the National Decision Making Department of the Naval War College and held various senior intelligence and policy positions in the Office of Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Dr. Mastors earned her Ph.D. in political science from Washington State University. She lives with her family and a menagerie of pets in the Seattle area.

She can be reached at emastor2@jhu.edu.

Elena Mastors