Christopher R. Deluzio, JD

  • Policy Director, Pitt Cyber

Christopher R. Deluzio is the policy director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. 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.  His work and commentary have been covered in media outlets across the country, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, POLITICO, and SCOTUSblog.

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. 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 Doctorate 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 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.