Karen J. Greenberg


Director, Center on National Security

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Office: Room 7-164

Center on National Security

Area of Expertise: National Security Law

  • Karen J. Greenberg is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law. Her most recent book is Subtle Tools: The Dismantling of American Democracy from the War on Terror to Donald Trump. Her books include Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State (2016) and The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First One Hundred Days (2010).

    She has edited many volumes including Reimagining the National Security State: Liberalism on the Brink (2019), The Enemy Combatant Papers: American Justice, the Courts, and the War on Terror (2008), The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib (2005), The Torture Debate in America (2005). She is Editor-in-Chief of the CNS Soufan Group Morning Brief and the Aon Cyber Brief. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation, The National Interest, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The American Prospect, TomDispatch.com, and on major news channels.

    She is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an International Studies Fellow at New America and a Visiting Fellow at the Soufan Center.


    • Ph.D., Yale University
    • BA, Cornell University
  • Books

    The Least Worst Place (Oxford University Press, New York, 2009). 
    Selected in Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post and Slate.com.

    The Enemy Combatant Papers, editor (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2008).

    The Torture Debate in America, editor (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005).

    The Torture Papers, editor (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005).

    Al Qaeda Now, editor (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2005).

    The Terrorist Trial Report Card, 2003–2011, editor (Center on Law and Security, New York University, New York, 2001–2011) .

    Selected Articles and Op-Eds

    “Peter King’s Reckless Claim of al Shabab’s Menace to the U.S.,” July 31, 2011, The Guardian.

    “Obama’s Gitmo Breakthrough,” July 6, 2011, The Daily Beast.

    “Business as Usual on Steroids,” June 19, 2011, TomDispatch.com.

    “How Osama Bin Laden perverted US Justice,” May 2, 2011, The Guardian.

    “Inside the Vacuum of Ignorance,” April 25, 2011, ForeignPolicy.com.

    “Even at Guantanamo, a 9/11 Trial Can Serve Justice,” April 8, 2011, The Washington Post.

    “Why Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be Tried at Guantanamo,” April 4, 2011, The Guardian.

    “America’s Growing Intolerance,” March 29, 2011, TomDispatch.com.

    “Tortured Gitmo Detainee Sentenced,” January 26, 2011, Mother Jones.

    “Reneging on Guantanamo,” January 22, 2011, The Guardian.

    “Get over the Gitmo Acquittal,” November 20, 2010, The Daily Beast.

    “Ghailani Verdict A Win for America,” November 18, 2010, Mother Jones.

    “Homegrown: The Rise of American Jihad,” May 21, 2010, The New Republic.

    “Tortured History,” June 4, 2009, The National Interest.

Karen Greenberg Press Highlights

TomDispatch: Prof. Karen Greenberg on Guantánamo 21 Years Later

The Lawfare Podcast: Karen J. Greenberg on the Intertwined Stories of Saifullah and Uzair Paracha

What We Might Hear From The January 6th Committee

An Eye-Opening Portrait of Bin Laden, Drawn from His Personal Files

Center on National Security Panel Discusses War Crimes in Ukraine

‘Ukraine, Russia, War, and Law’: Fordham Law Experts Assess Crisis in Ukraine

Putin’s Historic Miscalculation May Make Him a War Criminal

With Crisis in Ukraine Looming, Former CIA Director John Brennan Joins Ali Soufan to Discuss Foreign Policy Challenges with Center on National Security

20 Years In, What’s Next for Guantanamo Bay and the 39 Prisoners Still There

Hackers Don’t Need Tom Cruise: Experts Talk Cybersecurity at ICCS Panel

The Terror of War

9 Ways 9/11 Changed U.S. Politics Forever

National Security Scholar On Legal Legacy Of War On Terror

Nixon-Style ‘Blacklist of Enemies’ or a ‘Whole New Ballgame’? Legal Experts React to Report That Trump DOJ Seized Data from Top House Intel Democrats

The Capitol & The Future of National Security

America’s Daunting New World and the Coming Election

Government Accountability Has Been Long Gone in the US

Covid-19 Is Destroying the Myth of American Exceptionalism

John Brennan Speaks on Legality of Soleimani Killing

Reconciling the Promises of Liberalism with Real-World Threats