Areas of Expertise
- Comparative Government
- Transnational Crime
- European Union
- Berlin Wall/Transformation of the East German police after German unity
Dr. John D. Occhipinti is Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at Canisius College in his hometown of Buffalo, NY. He earned his B.A. in International Relations and German Literature from Colgate University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Occhipinti was a Fulbright Scholar in Tübingen, Germany in 1989-1990, when the Berlin Wall was opened and conducted his Ph.D. field research in Berlin in 1994-1995 on the transformation of the East German police after German unity.
At Canisius College, Dr. Occhipinti teaches courses on comparative government, transnational crime, and the European Union. He is also an adjunct professor at the George Washington University in its master’s degree program in Homeland Security.
In this capacity, he has taught on Interagency Cooperation since 2011, and has led a hybrid course on Globalization of Threats and International Security, which entailed classroom sessions in Limassol, Cyprus, as well as online learning.
Dr. Occhipinti has spoken at several college and universities, lectured for the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and presented his research at conferences in North America and Europe, as well as at the U.S. State Department and for the National Intelligence Council. In 2005 and 2009, Dr. Occhipinti briefed newly appointed U.S. ambassadors to the European Union regarding transatlantic relations on internal security.
- B.A. in International Relations and German Literature from Colgate University
- M.A. and Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park
- In 2003, Occhipinti wrote the first scholarly book on the evolution of the European Police Office-Europol (Lynne Rienner).
- His more recent publications include:
- “Parallel Paths and Productive Partners: the E.U. and U.S. on Counter-Terrorism,” in Frederic Lemieux (ed.)
- Emerging Initiatives and Contemporary Obstacles in Police Cooperation (Willan, 2010)
- “Partner or Push-Over? EU Relations with the US on Internal Security” in Dan Hamilton (ed.)
- Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic US-EU Partnership (CTR, 2010)
- “Whither the Withering Democratic Deficit? The Impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the AFSJ,” Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2014)
- Justice and Home Affairs Agencies in the European Union (Editor with C. Kaunert and S. Léonard. Routledge, 2014)
- “The Governance of Transnational Crime” in J. Sperling, Ed., Handbook on Governance and Security (Edward Elgar, 2014)
- “Still Moving Toward a European FBI?” Intelligence and National Security (2015)
- Globalization of Threats and International Security