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  • Dr. Leonard Cutler
    Director and Professor of Political Science
    Siena College
    515 Loudon Road
    Loudonville, NY 12211
    Phone: 518-783-2350
    Fax: 518-782-6548

Board Members

Director: Dr. Leonard CutlerDr. Leonard Cutler

Leonard Cutler, Ph.D., is a Professor of Public Law and pre-law advisor in the political science department at Siena College, where he has been teaching for over thirty years.  He has been recognized for outstanding teaching both by Siena College and the American Political Science Association and has established a number of innovative learning opportunities for Siena students including the Summer Legal Fellows Program and the Jurist in Residence Program.

Cutler’s areas of expertise include criminal law and procedure, constitutional law, international law, and the U.S. Supreme Court. His research has appeared in edited volumes and in such journals as the Journal of Criminal Justice and Criminal Law Review.  Cutler has been recognized for Outstanding Criminal Justice Research by the American Criminal Justice Association and has received the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship.

Cutler is the author of several books including:  The Rule of Law and Law of War: Military Commissions and Enemy Combatants Post 9/11 (2005, Edwin Mellen Press), Developments in the National Security Policy of the United States Since 9/11: The Separate Roles of the President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court (2008,  Edwin Mellen Press)

Cutler has provided testimony before Congress, the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate in the fall of 2008, on Restoring the Rule of Law, in which he examined war powers, NSA Surveillance, the Military Commissions Act of 2006 and executive privilege. He has also provided testimony to the Obama Administration on counterterrorism and national security policy.

Cutler holds a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research.


Dr. Donald P. Levy, DirectorDr. Donald Levy

Dr. Levy served for two years as the Director of the Institute for Social and Community Research (ISCR) at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and prior to that as Director of Research at the Center for Population Research (CPR) at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Levy holds a Ph.D., in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. from Yale University. He has conducted numerous local, regional and national studies, presented his research in scholarly and popular venues and has been interviewed for the New York Times, Fortune, and National Public Radio.





Dr. Daniel Lewis


Daniel C. Lewis is an assistant professor of political science. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2008 and previously directed the University of New Orleans' graduate programs in political science. His research focuses on American state political institutions and public policy. Dr. Lewis' work on direct democracy, minority rights, term limits, LGBT politics, the policy process, and interest groups has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. His book, Direct Democracy and Minority Rights: A Critical Review of the Tyranny of the Majority in the American Studies was published in 2012 as part of Routledge's Controversies in Electoral Democracy and Representation series. Dr. Lewis teaches American politics courses, including state politics, public policy, environmental politics, and interest groups, as well as research methods. He currently serces as the advisor to political science minors and is the faculty mentor for the Political Science Society.







Dr. Douglas A. Lonnstrom


Dr. Douglas A Lonnstrom, Founding Director of Siena Research Institute. A professor of finance and statistics, Dr. Lonnstrom served six years as head of the Quantitative Business Analysis Department at Siena and as Dean of Business for seven years. Dr. Lonnstrom has a Ph.D. in Urban and Environmental Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA in Economics from

Siena College. Dr. Lonnstrom served as a Director of SRI since its beginning and has written and spoken on its research in numerous venues and publications.