Professor of Political Science; Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute
Professor Flynn is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on critical infrastructure and supply chain resilience. He has led teams in conducting post-disaster resilience assessments, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA. Before arriving at Northeastern in 2011, Professor Flynn served as President of the Center for National Policy and spent a decade as a senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008 he served as the lead homeland security policy adviser for the Presidential Transition Team for President Barack Obama. Dr. Flynn was an active duty commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard for 20 years, including two tours as commanding officer at sea. He is co-author of the textbook, Critical Infrastructures Resilience: Policy and Engineering Principles (2018), and author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007), and the national bestseller, America the Vulnerable (HarperCollins 2004). In September 2014, he was appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security to serve a member of the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Council (HSSTAC) and holds a presidential appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Board of Visitors.
PhD in International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1991
MALD in International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1990
BS in Government, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1982
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