Dr. Stephen Flynn
Dr. Stephen Flynn is a tenured Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Center for
Resilience Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Director of Northeastern's
Master in Security and Resilience Studies Program and Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for
Homeland Security. Before arriving at Northeastern in the fall of 2011, he 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 America
the Vulnerable (HarperCollins 2004). He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Wharton School's Risk Management and Decision
Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania and serves as a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center's Homeland Security
Project, co-chaired by former 9/11 commissioners, Governor Tom Kean and Congressman Lee Hamilton. Flynn 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.