Leonard M. Cutler, Ph.D.

Len Cutler 

Professor of Political Science
Department Chair
Pre-Law Advisor
Director, Center for the Study of Government and Politics 

Office: Siena Hall 326A
e-mail:  Cutler@siena.edu
phone:  (518/) 783-2350

Awards and Recognition:

  • The Fr. Matthew T. Conlin, O.F.M. Distinguished Service Award: 2011-2012
  • The Fr. Jerome Walton Award for Excellence in Teaching: 2000-2001
  • The Raymond Kennedy Excellence in Scholarship Award: 2009-2010
  • On April 24th, 2012,  Len Cutler was recognized by the Town of Colonie with its “Gavel Award.” This honor is given annually to a teacher or college professor in Colonie who successfully brings knowledge of the courtroom into the classroom. Full Story









  • Civil Liberties
  • Criminal Law
  • Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments
  • International Law
  • Judicial Process
  • Legislative Process
  • Public Service Studies

Research Interests:

  • National Security Policy Post 9/11
  • Military Commissions and Human Rights
  • Rule of Law and Law of War
  • Separation of Powers

Current Research:

  • The Bush Administration’s Terrorism Policy Post 9/11 and Its Consequences
  • Legal Issues and Counter-Terrorism Policy in the Obama Administration
  • Critical Issues Related to Guantanamo Detainee Review
  • Closing Guantanamo Bay’s Detention Facility

Selected Publications:

Leonard M. Cutler 2008. 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.

Leonard M. Cutler 2005.  The Rule of Law and the Law of War: Military Commissions and Enemy Combatants Post 9/11