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Dr. William Costanza
Assistant Professor of Psychology
(703) 284-5999

Academic Credentials

B.S., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
M.A., American University
D.L.S. (Doctor of Liberal Studies), Georgetown University
Teaching Areas:
  • Social Psychology of Aggression
  • The Intelligence Community
  • Terrorism/Counterterrorism
Professional Interests
  • Psychology of Radicalization
  • Intelligence Collection and Analysis
  • International Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Intelligence Skills Education
Students in Dr. William Costanza's classes will benefit from his more than two decades of experience at the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired in 2004 as a senior operations officer after 24 years of service. During his  Agency career, he designed and implemented operational targeting and intelligence collection strategies in the areas of counterterrorism, counter-narcotics, weapons of mass destruction, telecommunications and strategic technologies.  He also conducted operations in high-threat environments against high priority terrorist targets in Africa and Central Asia in addition to serving in fast-paced environments in Latin America and Europe.  Upon retirement Dr. Costanza has periodically served as a consultant to the Intelligence Community.   

Dr. Costanza received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1974. He moved to Washington, DC, in 1975 and graduated from American University in 1978 with a Master of Arts degree in International Studies. He returned to his hometown of Chicago following graduation and worked at the Cook County Department of Supportive Services conducting court-order child custody investigations.   

In 2007, Dr. Costanza began work on a doctoral degree in liberal studies at Georgetown University and received his DLS in 2012.  His doctoral dissertation examined the psychology of radicalization and proposed an interdisciplinary framework to study the radicalization process across cultures.