Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

Christopher R. Deluzio, JD

  • Policy Director

Chris Deluzio is the policy director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security (Pitt Cyber), where he focuses on the intersection of technology and civil rights (especially voting rights, elections, and government algorithms). His writing and commentary have been covered in media outlets across the country, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, PublicSourceThe Philadelphia Inquirer, ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, POLITICO, and SCOTUSblog. Chris’s recent reports offered a blueprint for Pennsylvania’s election during the COVID-19 public health crisis and called for more robust federal oversight of election vendors. He previously served as Pitt Cyber’s law and policy scholar, supporting The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security.

Chris has provided testimony about election security before the Pennsylvania Senate and the Allegheny County Board of Elections and was an author of a recent report about the need for further federal election security funds and an analysis of Pennsylvania counties’ selections of new voting systems. He represents Pitt Cyber in the Pennsylvania Election Protection coalition. In Chris’s prior role as Counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, his work focused on elections and voting rights. His Brennan Center writing included nationally-recognized work on voter purges, a procurement guide to assist in the selection and management of election vendors, and legal analysis of speech restrictions in polling places.

Chris was previously a litigation associate in private practice with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he maintained a pro bono practice of representing indigent defendants in criminal matters in federal court and served as a law clerk to Judge Richard J. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Deluzio received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Georgetown Law in 2013. There, he was elected to the Order of the Coif, served as an executive articles editor of the Georgetown Law Journal, and was selected as the Top Oralist in the Robert J. Beaudry Moot Court Competition and the Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition. Deluzio received a Bachelor of Science degree with merit from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Following graduation from Annapolis, he served as an active-duty naval officer. His military service included multiple deployments, including a tour of duty with Army Civil Affairs in Iraq. Chris volunteers as a Veteran Mentor in the Allegheny County Veterans Treatment Court, as a pro bono attorney representing indigent tenants in mediation in Allegheny County, and as a Naval Academy Blue and Gold Officer, mentoring and interviewing applicants to Annapolis. A native of Pittsburgh, Chris is a graduate of Bishop Canevin High School.

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