University at Albany

Nussbaum Named CIS Affiliate Scholar

Brian Nussbaum

Rockefeller College Assistant Professor of Political Science Brian Nussbaum has been selected as a 2014-2016 Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society (CIS), a leading organization in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.

Brian Nussbaum's research and teaching focuses on cyber threats, terrorism, homeland security, risk and intelligence analysis, and critical infrastructure protection. As a CIS Affiliate Dr. Nussbaum will conduct research on the cyber threats and risks facing state and local governments and their cyber security efforts, as well as take part in a scholarly community focused on issues of technology and its connection to privacy, security and public policy.

Dr. Nussbaum formerly served as senior intelligence analyst with the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism (OCT), a part of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). He oversaw both terrorism and cyber threat analysis efforts at New York's designated state fusion center, the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC). Dr. Nussbaum served as a subject matter expert on international terrorism, and helped to create NYSIC's Cyber Analysis Unit (CAU). Additionally, he served as the first-ever visiting professor of homeland defense at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, PA (2012-2013), where he worked with the Homeland Defense and Security Issues (HDSI) group in the Strategic Wargaming Division of the Center for Strategic Leadership and Development (CSLD). Dr. Nussbaum received his PhD and MA in Political Science from the University at Albany and BA in Political Science from Binghamton University. His work has appeared in numerous books and journals including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Global Crime, and the Journal of Applied Security Research.

Founded in 2000 by Lawrence Lessig, the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School and a part of the Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. CIS brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, programmers, security researchers, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods like free speech, innovation, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry. CIS strives to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values. CIS provides law students and the general public with educational resources and analyses of policy issues arising at the intersection of law, technology and the public interest.  CIS also sponsors a range of public events including a speakers series, conferences and workshops.