Professor Muhammad Fraser-Rahim is the executive director, North America for Quilliam International, the world’s oldest counter-extremist organization with its headquarters in the United Kingdom and offices in Washington, D.C., where he overseas policy issues centering around rehabilitation, demobilization and deradicalization against violent extremism. In addition, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies at The Citadel. He is an expert on violent extremism issues both domestically and overseas. Prior to his current role, he served as a senior program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he leads their Horn of Africa Programs and served as an expert on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) issues at the institute.
Professor Fraser-Rahim's areas of specialty are on transnational terrorist movements, Counterterrorism/P/CVE, Islamic intellectual history, Islam in America, contemporary theology in the Muslim world and African Affairs. In addition, Dr. Fraser-Rahim worked for the United States government for more than a decade for the Department of Homeland Security, Director of National Intelligence and the National Counterterrorism Center providing strategic advice and executive branch analytical support on countering violent extremism issues to the White House and the National Security Council, where he was the author or co-author of Presidential Daily Briefs and strategic assessments on extremist ideology and counter-radicalization.
Professor Fraser-Rahim has conducted research in more than 40 countries on the African continent, and has worked and studied throughout the Middle East. He completed advanced level Arabic language certificates at various higher education institutions in the US, West Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of numerous policy reports, op-eds, and several upcoming new journal articles and is sought after and has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Al Arabiyya, Al Jazeera, Fox News, BBC, France 24, NPR to name a few. He completed his Ph.D. at Howard University in African Studies with a focus on Islamic Thought, Spirituality and Modernity issues, and his dissertation was titled, "The Making of American Islam and the Emergence of Western Islamic Intellectual Thought to Counter Violent Extremism: A Case Study of American Muslim Revivalist, Imam W.D. Mohammed (1933-2008.)" Finally, he is also a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.
At Jackson, he is one of the undergraduate Capstone Course instructors for the 2019-2020 academic year.