Derek Levine is a Researcher and Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Project Manager at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies. He is also a Ph.D. Candidate at the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Mr. Levine's research focus and the topic of his dissertation is on the strategic but yet complex relationship between the United States and China.
Prior to joining CETIS, Mr. Levine studied Mandarin at the prestigious Peking University in Beijing, China. In addition to his language study, Mr. Levine has also worked as a Reporter/Researcher for NBC News at the Beijing Bureau and has written numerous articles related to Sino-US relations. In preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games held in China, Mr. Levine had the opportunity to translate and explain the historical significance of some of Beijing's historical attractions, such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven to NBC top executives from the "Today Show" and the "Nightly News."
Mr. Levine has taught courses at the university level in New York, Beijing and Colorado in the departments of Political Science, History and English Writing.