Stephen Flynn Portrait

Stephen Flynn, PhD

Co-Director and Professor of Political Science

Dr. Stephen Flynn is Professor of Political Science and the Founding Director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.  He is also Academic 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.

He is the principal for Stephen E. Flynn Associates LLC, where he provides independent advisory services on improving enterprise resilience, critical infrastructure protection, and transportation and maritime security.

Peter Boynton Portrait

Peter Boynton


Peter Boynton is co-director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University.  The institute is home to co-located industry and academic research labs working in partnership to accelerate research and innovation related to resilience and security.

Previously, Boynton was the Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for the state of Connecticut, appointed by both democratic and republican Governors.  He led statewide responses to three Presidential disaster declarations, integrating the government response with private sector task forces to speed recovery.

Boynton also served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and as Captain of the Port for Connecticut and Long Island, where he partnered with industry to implement post-9/11 maritime security measures.  He led a year-long study with private and public stakeholders evaluating a proposed liquefied natural gas facility and led the successful rescue of an oil tanker aground on Long Island, preventing an environmental disaster.

Boynton was a Director on the White House National Security Council staff, and served at the Department of State where he led inter-agency working groups on security policy.  He was Federal Security Director for Bradley International airport, where he led the airport from the lowest to the top 10 rated TSA operations in the eastern U.S.

Boynton has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions, has served on numerous non-profit boards and is currently on the national Board of Directors for the Military Officers Association of America.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard and a Bachelor’s Degree in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.  He also holds an unlimited Master’s License for ocean-going vessels of any tonnage.