Alexander Siedschlag, Ph.D.

Interim Director, School of Public Affairs
Professor of Homeland Security, School of Public Affairs
Program Chair, Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security
Program Chair, Certificate Program in Homeland Security
Program Coordinator, Homeland Security Base Program
Public Administration PhD Graduate Faculty
Homeland Security MPS Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 4326
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W131b
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Alexander Siedschlag was appointed the interim director of the School of Public Affairs, effective July 1, 2018. He 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, and 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 started 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 science commission for the Austrian Minister of Defense, 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