Daniel J. Kaniewski


Adjunct Assistant Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
General profile


Dr. Daniel Kaniewski is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Foreign Service. He teaches SEST-710, Research Seminar, for the Security Studies Program.

Dr. Kaniewski leads the Global Resilience practice at AIR Worldwide, a catastrophe risk modeling and consulting services firm. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber & Homeland Security at George Washington University, a member of the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He was previously Mission Area Director for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness/Response at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a federally funded research and development center serving the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Earlier Dr. Kaniewski was Assistant Vice President and Deputy Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University.

From 2005-2008 he served on the White House staff, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Response Policy. He was a co-author and editor of the White House report "The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned." Following the publication of this report, he worked to improve the nation's response capabilities and advised the President and White House senior staff during domestic incidents (including both man-made and natural disasters).

Follow him on Twitter @dankandc.


  • Ph.D. (2011) George Washington University, Public Policy and Administration
  • M.A. (2002) Georgetown University, National Security Studies
  • B.S. (2000) George Washington University, Emergency Medical Services