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Stephen Flynn

Professor of Political Science, Founding Co-Director of the George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security



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Faculty’s summer assignment: prepare for the fall semester

North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers were hard at work this summer preparing to teach their fall courses. Here’s a look at some of the brand new courses they’ve devel­oped and the work that goes into preparing for the new aca­d­emic year.

09/08/15 - BOSTON, MA. -  Magy Seif El-Nasr, associate professor with joint appointments in the College of Computer and Information Science and the College of Arts, Media and Design works in her office at Northeastern University on Sept. 8 2016. Photo by: Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Northeastern experts analyze recent terror attacks abroad

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of five North­eastern fac­ulty experts reacted to and exam­ined last week’s terror attacks in Beirut and Paris at a panel dis­cus­sion Tuesday night.

11/17/15 - BOSTON, MA. - Steve Flynn speaks during a lecture on the aftermath of the Paris attacks in Renaissance Park on Nov. 17, 2015. Photo by: Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University

3Qs: Urban and coastal planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

A decade after Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina made land­fall in Louisiana, North­eastern pro­fessor Stephen Flynn exam­ines how the cat­a­strophic event vaulted our ability to recover from nat­ural dis­as­ters into a national priority.


Student projects assess Logan Airport resilience

Grad­uate stu­dents recently met with Mass­port offi­cials to present rec­om­men­da­tions for strength­ening infra­struc­ture life­line resilience at Logan Inter­na­tional Air­port. The pro­posals were devel­oped as part of a new inter­dis­ci­pli­nary course at Northeastern.


New master’s program to prepare future security professionals

North­eastern will launch a first-​​of-​​its-​​kind, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary grad­uate pro­gram this fall to train the next gen­er­a­tion of secu­rity pro­fes­sionals to face the new and evolving chal­lenges of the 21st century.

Stephen Flynn

Researchers seek to shore up shipping security

Sup­ported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foun­da­tion, North­eastern pro­fessor Stephen E. Flynn aims to improve the resilience of the ship­ping industry by bringing together experts in industry, acad­emia, and government.

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Lessons in resilience from Superstorm Sandy

The George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity con­vened dozens of experts from around the country to dis­cuss the need to strengthen trans­porta­tion infra­struc­ture resilience to dis­as­ters like Super­storm Sandy.


Faculty experts reflect on the Boston Marathon bombing

The fourth event in Northeastern’s year­long edu­ca­tional series on civic sus­tain­ability last Wednesday focused on sus­pect moti­va­tion, the impor­tance of resilience, and the role of social media.

The Boston Marathon Bombing and Its Aftermath: A Conversation

3Qs: Boston shows compassion, resiliency in face of tragedy

Twin bomb­ings at the Boston Marathon on Monday after­noon killed three spec­ta­tors and left scores more injured. In the last 24 hours, news agen­cies have reported that author­i­ties believe security […]


3Qs: Lessons from Sandy

Stephen Flynn, the founding co-​​director of Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity, sug­gests that the key to with­standing nat­ural dis­as­ters lies in taking care of our nation’s crit­ical infrastructure.

Stephen Flynn

Security expert testifies before Senate committee

Stephen E. Flynn, founding co-​​director of the Kostas Research Insti­tute, dis­cussed home­land secu­rity with a Senate com­mittee on Wednesday.


Northeastern designated by the NSA as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations

Cyber­se­cu­rity cur­riculum will pre­pare select stu­dents for highly spe­cial­ized jobs that inves­ti­gate cybercrimes.


Northeastern security expert testifies at congressional hearing

The cyber­se­cu­rity threat rep­re­sents one of the nation’s most serious eco­nomic and national secu­rity chal­lenges, said Stephen Flynn, the founding co-​​​​director of Northeastern’s George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Homeland […]


Northeastern leads congressional briefing on cybersecurity

On Wednesday, uni­ver­sity experts exam­ined how to combat cyberthreats facing America, as law­makers are con­sid­ering cyber­se­cu­rity legislation.

Harnessing the resilience of the American spirit

Stephen Flynn, polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor and codi­rector of the Kostas Research Insti­tute, says America must return to its roots when faced with the inevitable chal­lenges of the 21st century.

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

New homeland security research institute “profoundly important to Northeastern and our nation”

Uni­ver­sity taps national experts to lead the Kostas Insti­tute, which is crit­ical to advancing Northeastern’s lead­er­ship in secu­rity research.

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Selected Publications

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The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation

New York: Random House, February 2007.

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