“Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies” Speaker Series Event
Dr. Stephen Flynn is the Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Professor of Political Science with affiliated faculty appointments in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Prof. Flynn is also Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern. He has previously 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 the author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation (Random House, 2007), and the national bestseller, America the Vulnerable (HarperCollins 2004). He holds research affiliations with the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. 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). He is also a member of the National Security Advisory Board for Argonne National Laboratory. He holds the M.A.L.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.