Daniel Mahanty

Daniel R. Mahanty is an adjunct associate professor in the Center for Security Studies, and teaches the course "Human Rights and US National Security", which explores contemporary challenges at the intersection of human rights and national security.


Outside of teaching, he is the Director of the US Program at the Center for Civilians in Conflict. He spent fifteen years at the U.S. Department of State, where in his last position he created and led the Office of Security and Human Rights (SHR) in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL). This office is the full expression of a federal career dedicated to aligning U.S. leadership on human rights with national security policies and practices. During his career tenure at the State Department, he served as the Director of the Office of Near Eastern Affairs in DRL, as a regional policy advisor for the Middle East and Southeast Asia in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, and as a rule of law and criminal justice program manager and advisor for North Africa in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. He also spent one year as the senior policy advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Critical Infrastructure Protection at DHS. He is a Colin L. Powell Fellow, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Truman National Security Project, and a steering committee member of the Forum on the Arms Trade. He is originally from Greeley, Colorado. He and his wife Kristen have one son, Jackson, and dog, Harper.