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Mercyhurst names new intelligence studies dept. chair

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Mercyhurst University Office of Academic Affairs announced today that Dr. Orlandrew E. Danzell has been named chair of the department of intelligence studies in the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences. Danzell replaces David Grabelski, who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

Danzell’s research interests span intelligence theory, military interventions, international/domestic terrorism, and other themes related to national security and conflict processes. 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. Danzell is currently examining the determinants of terrorism in sub-Saharan Africa, the evolution of ISIS, as well as updating a book on the U.S. intelligence community. His views on terrorism and national security have appeared in various regional and national media outlets. 

Danzell has been at Mercyhurst for six years and teaches courses in counterterrorism, intelligence theory and application, research methods, and national security at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He was the 2015 Mercyhurst Research Fellow and currently serves as the Boren Scholarship campus representative and advisor to the National Security Club and Students of the Caribbean Association.

“In the short time that Dr. Danzell has been at Mercyhurst, he has shown himself to be a highly respected professor and researcher, a dedicated student mentor, and an advocate for what the intelligence studies department needs to grow and thrive,” said Dr. David Dausey, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are pleased to have him take over the reins from David Grabelski, who leaves with an impressive record of his own commitment and leadership.”

Danzell received a doctorate in security studies and a master’s degree in political science from Kansas State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in history and political science from Cameron University.