guy friciano

Guy Fricano specializes in understanding legitimization (and de-legitimization) of social power across a variety of contexts.

His recent research examines information operations and psychological warfare utilized by transnational criminal organizations (i.e., “cartels”) involved in Mexico’s Drug War. He has profiled key figures from the Sinaloa Cartel, Gulf Cartel, Knights Templar Cartel, and Los Zetas, focusing on the strategic management of their own public personas, and those of their enemies.

He has researched and written on the ideologies and propaganda strategies utilized by Al-Qaeda, as well as Western counter-propaganda strategies.

Previously, he researched the management of charismatic authority within the Roman Catholic Church (from which we derive the term propaganda), as well as papal communications with leaders from the Islamic world.



Dr. Fricano has designed and taught courses involving psychological warfare, information operations, counter-propaganda, and strategic communication at the following institutions:

University of Chicago

University of St Francis



University of Chicago (PhD / MA, Psychology)

DePaul University (BA, Psychology)

University of St Andrews (MLitt, Terrorism Studies)