January 16, 2009
Mr. Professor Goes to Washington
For Daniel J. Kaniewski, the magic formula needed to redirect his career path from anonymous academic researcher to presidential policy adviser was only 719 words long.
A single newspaper column that he wrote in April 2005 succinctly criticized the Department of Homeland Security's disaster-preparation plans. A few months later, a White House official called Mr. Kaniewski at his George Washington University office and offered him a choice of five staff jobs.