Free and open to the public
The Stanford University Libraries is pleased to invite you to a book party to celebrate a new publication by Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar:
Governing Security: The Hidden Origins of American Security Agencies
Seating is limited. Please respond to Sonia Lee if you would like to attend email, 650-736-9538.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The impact of public law depends on how politicians secure control of public organizations, and how these organizations in turn are used to define national security. Governing Security explores this dynamic by investigating the surprising history of two major federal agencies that touch the lives of Americans every day: the Roosevelt-era Federal Security Agency (which became today's Department of Health and Human Services) and the more recently created Department of Homeland Security.Through the stories of both organizations, Cuéllar offers a compelling account of crucial developments affecting the basic architecture of our nation. He shows how Americans end up choosing security goals not through an elaborate technical process, but in lively and overlapping settings involving conflict over agency autonomy, presidential power, and priorities for domestic and international risk regulation. Ultimately, as Cuéllar shows, the ongoing fights about the scope of national security reshape the very structure of government, particularly during—or in anticipation of—a national crisis.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is currently the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Co-Director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. A member of the Stanford faculty since 2001, he has served in two presidential administrations, testified before lawmakers, and has an extensive record of involvement in public service. His research and teaching focus is on administrative law and governance, public organizations, and transnational security. From early 2009 through the summer of 2010, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House. In this capacity, he led the Domestic Policy Council’s work on criminal justice and drug policy, public health and food safety, regulatory reform, borders and immigration, civil rights, and rural and agricultural policy. Before working at the White House, he co-chaired the Obama-Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group. In July 2010, the President appointed him to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States. From 2011 to early 2013, he co-chaired the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. He received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford.