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Miles Taylor

College of Arts and Sciences
Political Science

Miles Taylor is a national security expert, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and democracy reform leader.

Taylor served in a variety of top national security posts. He was the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), overseeing operations of the government’s third largest department, including 250,000 employees and a $60 billion budget. At Google, Taylor was the Head of Advanced Technology and Security Strategy, and prior to that, worked in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Homeland Security Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and in the Speaker’s Office. He started his career in the George W. Bush administration at the White House and DHS.

In 2018, Taylor published a bombshell opinion piece in The New York Times as “Anonymous”, blowing the whistle on presidential misconduct. Taylor resigned and released the #1 national bestseller A Warning, a first-hand account of the instability inside the Trump Administration. In 2020, he revealed himself to be the author and launched a campaign of former officials opposed to Donald Trump’s reelection.

Taylor speaks frequently on national security and political issues and is the author of the forthcoming book Blowback (Simon & Schuster, 2023). He is a former CNN Contributor and a regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and the BBC. Taylor’s writings have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and more.

Taylor advises an array of civic groups. He co-founded Forward, a U.S. political party focused on electing independent candidates; the Renew America Movement, a democracy-reform nonprofit; and the Washington Leadership Academy, a four-year high school in Washington, D.C. named one of America’s top 10 “Super Schools” by the XQ Project.

Miles Taylor received his M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and his BA from Indiana University as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and Herman B. Wells Scholar.