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  • Sociology
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Counterterrorism
  • Homeland Security
  • National Security
  • Education

  • B.A., University of Minnesota
  • M.P.S., George Washington University
  • J.D., University of Minnesota
  • Biography

    Stewart L. Whitson earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in 2010, and a master’s degree from George Washington University in 2016. He currently serves as the Legal Affairs Fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), a non-profit public policy think tank.

    Prior to joining FGA, Mr. Whitson led the FBI’s Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Operations Section (HOS) within the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence (DI), responsible for the oversight of all aspects of the FBI’s global HUMINT program. Before leading HOS, Mr. Whitson oversaw hundreds of terrorism investigations across the nation, as a Supervisory Special Agent at FBI HQ and later, led the FBI's effort to analyze and exploit terrorist electronic communications as a Unit Chief in the FBI's Technology & Data Innovation Section.

    Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Whitson served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer, personally leading more than 300 combat missions in Baghdad, Iraq. While overseas, Mr. Whitson routinely met with Iraqi political and religious leaders to promote peace and facilitate construction and humanitarian projects. In addition, Mr. Whitson planned and led more than 22 joint missions with the Iraqi Army, as well as an operation that resulted in the successful rescue of a hostage.

    Upon graduating from the FBI Academy in 2011, Mr. Whitson was assigned to the FBI’s Phoenix Division. There he served as the FBI’s lead investigator following the first ISIS-claimed attack upon the U.S. Homeland and deployed to Iraq, Jordan, and Eastern Europe in support of other FBI investigations. While assigned to Phoenix Division, Mr. Whitson served as a member of the FBI’s SWAT team and as an FBI-certified legal advisor for National Security-related matters.

    In his free time, Mr. Whitson volunteers with the Knights of Columbus and various other Catholic charities and enjoys spending time with his wife, their five children, and their dog Maggie.