Dr. Mahmut Cengiz is an Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Criminology, Law and Society of George Mason University (GMU) where he is teaching terrorism and Research Scholar at Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) of GMU where he is part of a research project on Syria. He is a leading expert on transnational crime, corruption, terrorism, money laundering, and terrorist financing as well as human trafficking and smuggling of nuclear materials with a particular focus on the Middle East. He is also a security expert on policies related to crime and terror issues.
Holding two masters and two doctorate degrees in Turkey and in USA, Dr. Cengiz has a broader academic and teaching background on criminal justice, sociology, and public policy. He is the author of five books, a number of articles, and book chapters regarding organized crime, smuggling, terrorist financing, and trafficking issues. His recent book published in (2016), combines theory and field experience and discusses many illicit trade issues in the Middle East. He recently has conducted a research on drug trafficking and its linkages with terrorism in a project of the Brookings Institute. His recent blogs on crime and terrorism have been published by "Vocal Europe" and "The Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime". Currently, he has studied on his book, co-authored by Dr. Mitchel S. Roth, on "Illicit Economy in Turkey: Terrorists, Criminals, The Impacts of Syrian Crises ", to be published by the Lexington in March 2019. Dr. Cengiz has spoken at various international fora on transnational crime, terrorism, and corruption.