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Stephen Flynn

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360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Dr. Stephen Flynn is Professor of Political Science, Founding Director of the Global Resilience Institute, and Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. In September 2014 he was appointed by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to serve a member of the Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Council (HSSTAC).


  • Ph.D. in International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1991
  • M.A.L.D. in International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 1990
  • B.S. in Government, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1982

Research & Scholarship Interests

critical infrastructure resilience; public policy
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Honors & Awards

  • The Infrastructure Security Partnership Annual Award for Distinguished Leadership in Critical Infrastructure Resilience, 2010
  • Top 25 Most Influential People in Security 2009, Security Magazine
  • Maritime Security Service Recognition Award, 2005, presented by the Maritime Security Council for outstanding leadership in raising the standards of maritime security worldwide

Professional Affiliations

  • Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations      
  • Member, U.S. Naval Institute

Selected Publications

  • I. Linkov, D. Eisenberg, M. Bates, D. Chang, M. Convertino, J. Allen, S. Flynn, T. Seager, Measurable Resilience for Actionable Policy, Environmental Science & Technology, 47(18), 2013, 10108-10110
  • N. Bakshi, S. Flynn, N. Gans, Countering the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism at Domestic and Foreign Ports, Informed Decisions on Catastrophic Risks, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 57(1), 2012
  • N. Bakshi, S. Flynn, N. Gans, Estimating the Operational Impact of Container Inspections at International Ports, Management Science, 57(1), 2011, 1-20
  • L. Wein,Y. Liu, Z. Cao, S. Flynn, The Optimal Spatiotemporal Deployment of Radiation Portal Monitors can Improve Detection at Overseas Ports, Science & Global Security, 15(2), 2008, 211-233
  • S. Flynn, Drug Trafficking, the International System, and Decision Constraints: A Policy-making Simulation, International Studies Perspectives, 1(1), 2000, 45-55

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