Dr. Leonard A. Cole is an expert on bioterrorism and on terror medicine. He is an adjunct professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Emergency Medicine) and at Rutgers University-Newark (Political Science). At the medical school he is director of the Program on Terror Medicine and Security.
He received a B.A. with highest honors from the University of California at Berkeley. Trained in the health sciences and public policy, he holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, which in 2008 awarded him its Alumni Award of Merit.
Cole is a Fellow of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and has been a recipient of grants and fellowships from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He is on the Board of Directors of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine, the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and a former board member of the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association.
He has written numerous articles for professional journals as well as general publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Scientific American, and The Sciences. He has testified before congressional committees and made invited presentations to several government agencies including the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of Technology Assessment.
He has appeared frequently on network and public television and his 10 books include The Anthrax Letters (National Academies Press/Skyhorse, revised 2009), named an HONOR BOOK by the NJ Council for the Humanities. He is also co-author of Local Planning for Terror and Disaster: From Bioterrorism to Earthquakes (Wiley, 2012). A member of the Aspen Institute’s WMD Working Group on Homeland Security, he is co-author/editor of WMD Terrorism (an Aspen Institute report, 2012).