Nathan A. Sales

Assistant Professor of Law

A.B., Miami University; J.D., Duke University

Professional Information

  • Subjects Taught: Administrative Law, Criminal Law, National Security Law
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV in PDF format
  • Area(s) of Expertise: Administrative Law, Homeland Security, Intelligence Law, Judicial Confirmation Process, National Security, Separation of Powers, Terrorism, War on Terror

Biographical Sketch

Nathan A. Sales is an Assistant Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law.  He teaches national security law, administrative law, and criminal law.

Professor Sales’s scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, and has appeared in leading publications including the Alabama Law Review, Duke Law Journal, George Washington Law Review, University of Illinois Law Review, Journal of National Security Law and Policy (peer reviewed), Northwestern University Law Review, and Texas Law Review.  A frequent contributor to public debates, his commentary has been featured by The Atlantic, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, C-SPAN, Los Angeles Times, National Review Online, New York Times, NPR, Politico, U.S. News & World Report, Time, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.  He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions.

Before coming to George Mason in 2008, Sales was the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  His work focused on intelligence, information sharing, and terrorist travel.  Professor Sales led DHS’s efforts to draft and implement legislation that strengthened the security features of, and expanded, the Visa Waiver Program (which allows citizens of certain countries to travel to the United States without a visa).  He headed the U.S. delegation in talks with seven countries to implement the new security measures, and was the Secretary of Homeland Security’s Special Envoy to South Korea.

From 2001 to 2003, Professor Sales served at the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on counterterrorism policy and the judicial confirmation process.  He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service – the Justice Department’s highest honor – for his role in drafting the USA PATRIOT Act, as well as the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.  In 2005, he returned to DOJ to run the “war room” for the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts.

Professor Sales graduated from Duke Law School magna cum laude, where he joined the Order of the Coif and was Research Editor of the Duke Law Journal.  He clerked for the Honorable David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He practiced at the Washington, DC law firm Wiley Rein LLP, and was John M. Olin Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center.

An Ohio native, Sales is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars.