Professor Sales is currently on leave, serving as Ambassador-at-Large for Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State.
Nathan A. Sales is a tenured Associate Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. He teaches and writes in the fields of national security law, counterterrorism law, administrative law, and constitutional law.
Professor Sales’s scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times and has appeared in leading publications such as the Alabama Law Review, Duke Law Journal, George Washington Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, Journal of National Security Law & Policy (peer reviewed), Northwestern University Law Review, and Texas Law Review. He has written for and been quoted by a wide range of domestic and international media outlets including Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, The Atlantic, BBC, Boston Herald, CBS, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, C-SPAN, France 24, Just Security, Lawfare, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, National Review Online, New York Magazine, New York Times, People, Public Radio International, Radio France Internationale, Rolling Stone, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and the Paris bar association commissioned him to prepare an analysis of French surveillance law for France’s constitutional court.
Before entering academia, Professor Sales was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His work focused on intelligence, information sharing, and terrorist travel. He led DHS’s efforts to draft and implement legislation that improved the security of, and expanded, the Visa Waiver Program (which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States without a visa). He headed the U.S. delegation in talks with seven countries to implement the new security measures, and was the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Special Envoy to South Korea.
Professor Sales previously served at the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on counterterrorism policy and judicial confirmations. In 2005, he ran DOJ’s “war room” for the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts. He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service—the Justice Department’s highest honor—for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act, as well as the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.
An Ohio native, Professor Sales clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated from Duke Law School magna cum laude, joining the Order of the Coif and serving as Research Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Miami University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.