Mercyhurst University

Orlandrew Danzell, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Intelligence Studies

CAE 304

(814) 824-3249

Dr. Orlandrew E. Danzell is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Intelligence Studies. He was the 2015 Mercyhurst Research Fellow. Dr. Danzell regularly teaches courses in counterterrorism, intelligence theory and application, research methods, and US national security at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He received B.A. degrees in History and Political Science in 2003 from Cameron University (Summa Cum Laude), a M.A. in Political Science in 2007 and a Ph.D. in Security Studies in 2011, both from Kansas State University. Dr. Danzell main research fields are intelligence theory, military interventions, international/domestic terrorism, and other themes related to national security. He uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to develop and test new theoretical insights. His research has appeared in several highly regarded peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Conflict Resolution, Terrorism and Political Violence, Defense and Security Analysis, and Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Dr. Danzell is currently working on research examining the determinants of terrorism in sub-Saharan Africa, the evolution of ISIS, and espionage in the 21st century.


  • B.A., Cameron University
  • M.A., Kansas State University
  • Ph.D., Kansas State University

Courses Taught

  • RIAP 177: Introduction to Intelligence
  • RIAP 272: Terrorism
  • RIAP 313: Intelligence and National Security
  • INTL 501: Research Methods in Intelligence
  • INTL 510: Intelligence Theories and Applications
  • INTL 633: Terrorism

Research Interests

  • International/domestic terrorism
  • National security
  • Military interventions/conflict processes
  • Intelligence theory

Selected Publications and Projects

  • Danzell, Orlandrew E. With Yao-Yuan Yeh and Melia Pfannenstiel. 2017. Determinants of Domestic Terrorism: An Examination of Ethnic Polarization and Economic Development. Terrorism and Political Violence.
  • Danzell, Orlandrew E., and Lisandra M. Maisonet-Montanez. 2016. Understanding the Lone-Wolf Terror Phenomena: Assessing Current Profiles. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism & Political Aggression 8(2)135-159
  • Danzell, Orlandrew E., and Stephen Zidek. 2014. "Does Counterterrorism Spending Reduce the Incidence and Lethality of Terrorism: A Quantitative Analysis of 34 Countries" in the The Test of Terrorism: Responding to Political Violence in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alastair Finlan. London: Routledge.
  • Danzell, Orlandrew E., and Stephen Zidek. 2013. "Does Counterterrorism Spending Reduce the Incidence and Lethality of Terrorism: A Quantitative Analysis of 34 Countries" Defense & Security Analysis, 29(3): 218-233.
  • Danzell, Orlandrew E. 2011. “Political Parties: When Do They Turn to Terror?” Journal of Conflict Resolution. 55 (1): 85-105.
  • Establishing and Applying a Common Intelligence Doctrine for Combatting Global Terrorism (with Steve Zidek). Presented at the 2013 International Studies Association Annual Convention.