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Mary Habeck

Adjunct Lecturer


Mary Habeck is a strategic planner and an expert on military matters, Russia, Great Power Competition, and extremism. She teaches on these issues at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Georgetown, and American University. From 2005-2013 she was an Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at SAIS, teaching courses on extremism, military history, and strategic thought. Before moving to SAIS, Dr. Habeck taught American and European military history in Yale’s history department, 1994-2005. She received her PhD in history from Yale in 1996, an MA in international relations from Yale in 1989, and a BA in international studies, Russian, and Spanish from Ohio State in 1987.

Dr Habeck was appointed by President Bush to the Council on the Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (2006-2013), and in 2008-2009 she was the Special Advisor for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff, where she worked on extremism.



  • Russia
  • Middle East and North Africa


  • Extremism
  • Great Power Competition
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Strategic Thought


  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Arabic