Penn State Harrisburg

Alexander Siedschlag, Ph.D.

· Professor of Homeland Security; Public Affairs
· Program Coordinator, Homeland Security Base Program


Alexander Siedschlag is Professor of Homeland Security and Public Health Preparedness, in a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine. He is chair of the inter-college Master of Professional Studies Program in Homeland Security (iMPS-HLS). He also is a guest lecturer at NATO School Oberammergau/Bavaria, Germany.

Born in what was then the American Sector of the city of West Berlin, he holds a master's degree and a doctoral degree in political science, sociology and psychology from the University of Munich and a venia legendi (“habilitation”) for political science from Humboldt University Berlin. He was most recently professor for Security Research and Chair of the Center for European Security Studies (CEUSS) at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna.

A former NATO research fellow, Alexander Siedschlag stated his career as a strategic analyst and then worked in the field of theories and methods of international politics as well as of the European Security and Defence Policy. Appointments included the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Ebenhausen/Germany, the Hochschule für Politik München and the University of Innsbruck. He then expanded his scope to include civil security research and has also served as an evaluator for the European Commission in the Preparatory Action (PASR) and the Security research theme in the 7th EU Framework Programme.

In his scholarly work, Alexander Siedschlag has recently concentrated on strategic cultures and security cultures; scenario foresight; methods of civil security research; disaster management, including the use of new social media; as well as on civil-military relations in crisis management. He has so far authored six monographs, over 100 articles, and edited twelve anthologies. Beyond his current focus on Ph.D teaching and advising in Sigmund Freud University’s premium track in security research, Alexander Siedschlag has a long standing strong record in academic teaching in international relations and security, and in extramural lecturing, including the former European Security and Defence Assembly, the National Defence Academy Vienna, and NATO School.

Alexander Siedschlag served as the coordinator of the EU co-funded security research project FOCUS (2011-2013) on foresight security scenarios to plan for research in support of “European Union 2035” security roles, and their technological, social, and other requirements – including a string transatlantic perspective. This project brought together thirteen partners from eight countries, including big industry, SME, academia, and think tanks. He was a member of the Austrian Minister’s of Defense science commission, and a member in the working group “education and research” within the Austrian federal ICT security strategy. He further served a term as the Chairman of the Bavarian branch of the German United Nations Association.

Research Interests

  • comparative homeland security
  • civil security research
  • strategic and security cultures
  • scenario foresight
  • methods of civil security research
  • disaster management, including the use of new social media
  • civil-military relations in crisis management

Publications and Research

Selected Publications

As Author
  • Politische Institutionalisierung und Konflikttransformation. Leitideen, Theoriemodelle und europäische Praxisfälle (Political Institutionalization and Conflict Management in the New Europe: Ideas, Theories, and Empirical Cases). Opladen: Leske + Budrich 2000. (= Habilitation book, Humboldt University Berlin.)
  • NATO Meets the Post-strategic Condition. Political Vicissitudes and Theoretical Puzzles in the Alliance's First Wave of Adaptation, 1990-1997. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction and Münster: Lit, 1998.
  • Neorealismus, Neoliberalismus und postinternationale Politik. Beispiel internationale Sicher­heit - theoretische Bestandsaufnahme und Evaluation (Neorealism, Neo­liberal­ism and Post-international Politics. International Security as an Example – Theoretical Account and Evaluation). Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1997. (= Ph.D thesis, University of Munich.)
  • "International non-proliferation policy and the United Nations security system after 9/11 and Iraq," in Hans Koechler (ed.), The Use of Force in International Relations. Challenges to Collective Security. Vienna: International Progress Organization, 2006, pp. 23-39.
  • "Germany: from a reluctant power to a constructive power?," in Emil J. Kirchner & James Sperling (eds.): Global Security Governance. Competing Perceptions of Security in the 21st Century. London et al.: Routledge, 2007, pp. 46-68.
  • "Digital democracy and its application to the international arena – from ‘deliberation’ to ‘decision’," in Myriam Dunn, Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel & Victor Mauer (eds.): The Resurgence of the State. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007, pp. 35-58.
  • Report on the worldwide real-virtual colloquium ‘The United Nations and the Information Age – Education for the Next Generation of the Peoples of the United Nations’, held in November 2007, Wels, Austria, in Diplomatic Academy Vienna (ed.): Can the United Nations be taught? Vienna, 2009 (= Favorita Papers; 1/2009), pp. 53-57.
  • "European citizens’ security – a perception," The European. Security and Defence Union, 2/2010, pp. 27-28.
  • "Security policy – an analytical approach," in Josef Schroefl & Dieter Muhr (eds.): From Asymmetric to Hybrid and Cyber Warfare. New York: Peter Lang, 2011, pp. 15-22.
  • "Social media and citizen emergency culture: some lessons from digital democracy research," Journal of Homeland Security, Special Issue: Catastrophes and Complex Systems: Transportation. DHS University Network Summit, April 2011.
  • (with Rosemarie Stangl, Diana Silvestru, Florian Fritz & Andrea Jerkovic) Comprehensive security research to contribute to critical infrastructure protection. Contributions to security governance in disaster risk reduction, in: Interpraevent (ed.): Grenoble 2012 12th Congress INTERPRAEVENT. Conference Proceedings 23rd to 26th April Grenoble – France, Vol. 1. Klagenfurt: International Research Society INTERPRAEVENT, 2012, pp. 585-596.
  • "The concept of security in the EU," in Maximilian Edelbacher et al. (eds.): Global Security and the Financial Crisis. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group), 2012, pp. 51-63.
  • "Foresight security scenarios to plan for research to support roles of the ‘EU 2035’ as a comprehensive security provider", Information & Security, 29 (2013), pp. 5-18.
As Editor
  • Methoden der sicherheitspolitischen Analyse (Methods of Security Studies). 2nd edition. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, forthcoming.  
  • Scenario-based Security Foresight, special issue, Information & Security, No. 29, 2013.