• Susan Hennessey is an executive editor of Lawfare blog and works for the National Security Law in Governance Studies.
• She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her degree and Harvard Law School for her Juris Doctorate.
• She is currently a Senior Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institutute and manages Lawfare blog.
• She is married to Brendan Hennessey who is a professor of Italian studies at Colby College.
• Susan is estimated to have a net worth of over $2 million.


Who is Susan Hennessey?

Born Susan Klein in California USA on 29 August 1985 under the zodiac sign of Virgo, she holds American nationality, and as Susan Hennessey is best known for being an executive editor of Lawfare blog, while she also works for the National Security Law in Governance Studies.

Early life and education

Susan spent her entire childhood in California with her parents Christopher Klein and Mary Grad and her sisters Helen Klein and Molly Cutler. She is not one of those people who don’t talk about their family – she loves to speak about her parents as she has enormous respect for them, and also often tweets about them.

Her father who works as a lawyer served as an inspiration for professional matters, while her mom who was a federal judge was there to emotionally support her – Susan says that she made her believe that she could do whatever she wanted.

Susan attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), graduating with a degree in Italian, then received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.

Susan Hennessey


Susan is currently working as a Senior Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institutute, while she also manages the Lawfare blog as its Executive Editor – the blog is focused on serious discussions regarding the Hard National Security Choices such as cybersecurity, terrorism, surveillance, and other important things.

Before she became Senior Fellow at Brookings, Susan worked in the Office of General Counsel of the National Security Agency as an attorney – there, she was an advisor for questions related to Information assurance as well as Cybersecurity, and represents its agency when it comes to cybersecurity legislation.


Lawfare blog

The main part of Susan’s career is her job of an Executive Editor for Lawfare blog, which is dedicated to issues surrounding national security, launched on 1 September 2010 by the Lawfare Institute together with the Brookings Institutute. The people credited with making the blog are Benjamin Wittes who was an editorial writer for “The Washington Post”, Jack Goldsmith who works as a professor at Harvard Law School, and Robert Chesney who is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. They all have successful careers behind them, as Goldsmith served in the George W. Bush administration’s Justice Department as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel, while Chesney worked in the Obama administration as part of the detention-policy task force. People who are writing for the blog are mostly law professors and students, and ex- George W. Bush and Barack Obama administration officials.

The blog became popular in January 2017 as its traffic went up by over 1,100% when the US President Donald Trump tweeted “LAWFARE” and put a link to one of the blog posts – writers of the blog claimed that he didn’t know who wrote the post, or what the entire blog actually meant. The blog talked about the 9th Circuit’s denial of a stay of the district court’s freezing Trump’s executive order regarding visas and refugees. Even though the post criticized Trump’s decisions, Trump thought it was saying good things about him, and therefore retweeted the post on his own Twitter account and approved the article.

David Ignatius, a noted American journalist and novelist, said that Lawfare is ‘one of the most fair-minded chroniclers of national security issues’, while Daniel W. Drezner who is a well reputed professor of International politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, stated how Lawfare is made of ‘outside intellectuals who exercised real influence in the Trump era’. The only negative critique Lawfare has been from American journalist and attorney Glenn Greenwald ,who considers that Lawfare works to serve, venerate, and justify the acts of those in power.

Personal life

Susan married the love of her life Brendan Hennessey on 20 June 2009, at Point Reyes Station in California – James is a professor of Italian studies at Colby College, which is located in Waterville in Maine; he graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and later received his master’s degree in Romance languages from the University of Notre Dame – he was awarded his PhD in Italian from UCLA. The couple dated for several years before they exchanged their vows, honeymooning in Phuket, Thailand, and later settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts – they have two kids together.

Appearance and net worth

Susan is currently 34 years old, has medium-long brown hair and blue eyes, but her height and weight are not known.

According to authoritative sources, Susan’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million and is likely to rise as she is currently very active in her career.

Social media presence

Susan is not as active on social media platforms as one would think – she only has a Twitter account which she launched in July 2007, but has gathered more than 230,000 followers and tweeted nearly 22,000 times.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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