Daniel Wirls is a professor of Politics and was chair of the department from 2005 to 2010 and 2013-14. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University and has been teaching at UCSC since 1988.
At UCSC he teaches courses on military policy, the history of the separation of powers, Congress, as well as a large introductory course. He is a winner of two teaching awards at UCSC, one from the Division of Social Sciences and another from the Faculty Senate's Committee on Teaching.
Beyond work and family, Daniel is a competitive triathlete, swimmer, and runner. In recent years he has focused on swim-run races, often referred to as aquathlons. At the International Triathlon Union World Championships in 2015 he won gold in his age group and has placed second twice, in 2010 and 2014.