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Timothy Ward Nichols

Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy
Box 90250, Durham, NC 27708
128 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90250, Durham, NC 27708


Tim Nichols (B.A, UVA; M.A, USF; M.B.A.,NCSU) Tim served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps for over 21 years with extensive experience in the special operations, intelligence, and counterterrorism fields. His overseas experience spanned deployments to Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, East Africa, Central America, and the Pacific. He was designated a Regional Affairs Officer for East Africa. While in Iraq, he directed a joint interagency task force attempting to track and target foreign extremists traveling to Iraq for violent activities. Prior to his retirement from the military, Tim taught courses in Leadership, Ethics, and Management at Duke, UNC, and NC State for four years. In addition to his consulting activities, Tim is currently a research fellow and visiting  professor of the practice in the School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is the executive director of the Counterterrorism and Public Policy Fellowship Program and the Faculty Representative for the Master of National Security Policy Program.  His research interests and teaching responsibilities include  policy analysis, intelligence, interagency coordination, national security, homeland security and counterterrorism policy.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2019 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

North Carolina State University · 2010 M.B.A.
University of South Florida · 2000 M.A.
University of Virginia · 1989 A.B.