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David H. Schanzer, Associate Professor of the Practice for Public Policy and Director, Triangle Center of Terrorism and Homeland Security  

Office Location: 136 Rubenstein Hall
Office Phone: (919) 613-9279
Duke Box: 90250
Email Address: schanzer@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • National Security and Defense
    • Emergency Preparedness
    • Homeland Security
    • Privacy and Civil Liberties
    • Terrorism & Bioterrorism

J.D., Harvard University, 1989
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1989
Editor, Harvard Law Review, 1987
A.B., cum laude, Harvard University, 1985

Research Categories: Terrorism, national security policy and law, homeland security, emergency preparedness & response

Research Description: Strategies and policies for combatting international and domestic terrorism

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Pubpol 561.01, 9/11: causes/response/strategy Synopsis
    Rubenstein 151, MWF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. D.H. Schanzer. "Islamaphobia is threatening America," Pittsburgh Post Gazette.  August 25, 2010  (also published in the Baltimore Sun, the Durham Herald Sun, and Newark Star Ledger.) [Article]
  2. D.H. Schanzer, C. Kurzman, E. Moosa.. ""Anti Terror Lessons of Muslin Americans"."  2010 [Article]
  3.  America At Risk: Closing the Security Gap.  2004 [online]
  4. D.H. Schanzer, J.E. Eyerman. ""Improving Strategic Risk Management at the Department of Homeland Security." IBM Center for the Business of Government Magazine." (Spring, 2010). [online]
  5.  Winning the War on Terror.  2004
  6. D.H. Schanzer. Take a Hard Look Before Spending Billions on Security Technology.  Durham Herald Sun (January 2, 2010). [Article]
  7.  Transforming the Southern Border: Providing Security & Prosperity in the Post 9/11 World.  2004 [online]
  8. D.H. Schanzer, S. Ludington, W. Visscher. ""Final Report - Report of the Privacy Subject Matter Experts Panel on the Violent Intent Modeling and Simulation Program."."  June, 2009
  9. D.H. Schanzer. "Words for Evildoers".  "Raleigh News & Observer, (also printed in the Newark Star Ledger) (May 23, 2008). [Article]
  10. D.H. Schanzer. "Why America Is Losing to al-Qaida,".  Baltimore Herald Sun,(also published in Durham Herald Sun., Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, New Jersey Star Ledger) (print). (July 23, 2007). [Article]
  11. D.H. Schanzer. Blunt Threats Now a Credible Option.  News and Observer (December 17, 2006). [online] [Article[abs]
  12. D.H. Schanzer. "FEMA's Home,".  Raleigh News & Observer,(also published in Des Moines Register, New Orleans Times Picayune). (May 11, 2006). [Article]

Curriculum Vitae

David Schanzer is an associate professor of the practice at Duke University and director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, a research consortium between Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International. In these capacities, he teaches courses on counterterrorism strategy, counterterrorism law and homeland security.

He also serves as the director for strategy and outreach for the Institute of Homeland Security Solutions, a North Carolina-based research consortium focused on applied social science research for homeland security.

Schanzer is the lead author of a widely cited National Institute of Justice study on domestic radicalization – “Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim Americans” (2010) – and a report on “Improving Strategic Risk Management at the Department of Homeland Security,” published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

Prior to his academic appointments, Schanzer was the Democratic staff director for the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005. He previously served as the legislative director for Sen. Jean Carnahan (2001-2002), counsel to Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (1996-1998), and counsel to Sen. William S. Cohen (1994-1996).

His positions in the executive branch include special counsel, Office of General Counsel, Department of Defense (1998-2001) and trial attorney, United States Department of Justice (1992-94). Schanzer was a clerk for U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro and in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States.

Schanzer is a graduate of Harvard College where he received an A.B. cum laude in government in 1985 and of Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review from 1987-1989. Schanzer has appeared on international, national and local radio and television discussing terrorism and homeland security and is the author of more than 20 op-ed articles on these subjects that have appeared in newspapers around the country.

David H. Schanzer