Sandeep Prasanna is the Intelligence & Counterterrorism Subcommittee Director for the House Committee on Homeland Security, serving under Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Subcommittee Chairman Max Rose (D-N.Y.). He leads the Committee’s legislative and oversight efforts on counterterrorism, national security, armed conflict and detention, civil rights and civil liberties, privacy, and DHS intelligence and law enforcement functions.

Professor Prasanna previously served as General Counsel to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and as a Legislative Aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Professor Prasanna worked to challenge domestic human rights abuses using international legal mechanisms as a legal fellow at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Professor Prasanna’s prior human rights legal work sent him to Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Africa. He is a published author on the laws of war and, from 2012 to 2013, wrote for The Economist on linguistics and language politics.

Professor Prasanna holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs and received the Morris Greenspan Memorial Prize for best performance in international law; an M.P.P. from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he received highest honors for his applied thesis and was named Student of the Year; and an A.B. with distinction from Duke University.