Dr Nafees Hamid

Nafees Hamid Headshot

Dr Nafees Hamid is a Cognitive Scientist of extremism, conspiracy theories, and political violence.

He is the Research and Policy Director of XCEPT in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and a Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR). 

He has conducted face-to-face interviews around the world with members of jihadist groups, white nationalists, QAnon devotees, and many others. He was one of the lead researchers of the first-ever neuroscience studies on violent extremists. In his current role at King’s College London, he co-leads a multi-nation research project which explores the role of trauma and mental health on pathways to peace versus violence in fragile and conflict affected states.  

His expertise has been called upon by policymakers at the United Nations, US State and Defence Departments, UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, UK Home Office, the French Prime Minister’s Office, NATO, the EU Commission, and many other governmental and inter-governmental bodies around the world.

He has been featured in documentaries such as Netflix’s The Mind Explained, Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole, NatGeo’s Breakthrough, Vice’s Cyberwars, and many others. His TV appearances include those on the BBC, CNN, and MSNBC. He has published in major newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, CNN, and others. He and his colleagues were profiled in TIME magazine for their breakthrough research on the neuroscience of terrorism. 

He has also acted as a consultant on films related to his areas of expertise.