The Center for Resilience Studies is committed to informing and advancing societal resilience around the globe. Communities, companies, and countries can thrive only if the systems and networks that underpin our daily lives, whether physical, technological or social, are able to better withstand, recover from and adapt to the inevitable shocks and disruptive events of the 21st century. Established in 2013, the Center’s core activity is to learn from disasters and, through partnering with other leading academic research institutions, nonprofits and the public and private sectors, use what is learned to help devise and apply practical, interdisciplinary solutions to resilience-building challenges.

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Steve Flynn

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 is currently serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Independent Task Force on North America, co-chaired by David Petraeus and Robert Zoellick.  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.

Steve Flynn
Director
Center for Resilience Studies Northeastern University
s.flynn@neu.edu
617.470.7675


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Sean Burke

Sean Burke became the Executive Director of Northeastern University’s Center for Resilience Studies in January, 2014.  Previously, he served as Associate Director of the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern. Prior to coming to the university, Burke was the vice president and senior fellow at the Center for National Policy in Washington, D.C.  Burke has spent nearly two decades working on domestic security policy and critical-infrastructure protection issues in both the public and private sectors. He was an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and has worked as an attorney at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and as a policy analyst at the Department of Homeland Security. He is regularly called upon to provide analysis for the media on security policy, emergency preparedness and critical infrastructure protection and has co-authored the chapter on building national resilience for the McGraw-Hill Homeland Security Handbook, Second Edition (2012). Burke is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the Seton Hall University School of Law.

Sean P. Burke, Esq.
Executive Director
Center for Resilience Studies Northeastern University
s.burke@neu.edu
617.480.1971


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Connor Goddard

Connor Goddard became a Program Manager and Research Analyst at Northeastern University’s Center for Resilience Studies in June 2014. Prior to joining the Center, he graduated from Northeastern Magna Cum Laude in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs. Previously, Goddard worked as a policy assistant at the Project on Middle East Democracy, a research assistant at the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan, and as the first research assistant for the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security. His briefing on U.S. policy options in Syria won first place at the 2013 George Mason University “15 Minutes with POTUS” policy briefing competition and he was awarded Northeastern’s Undergraduate Research Award in the fall of 2013 to study the development of political parties and civil society in Jordan.

Connor Goddard
Program Manager/Research Analyst
Center for Resilience Studies Northeastern University
c.goddard@neu.edu


Research Assistants

Daria Capone
International Affairs ’15

Daria joined the Center for Resilience Studies in July 2014. She is pursuing a degree in International Affairs with a minor in Political Science. In May 2014, Daria studied disarmament diplomacy, international negotiations, and humanitarian action at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Daria also had the opportunity to study global social entrepreneurship during a Dialogue of Civilizations trip to Bali, Indonesia in 2013. Prior to working at the Center for Resilience Studies, Daria worked for Reebok International, Ltd.

Marvin McMoore
Political Science/International Affairs ’15

Marvin joined the Center for Resilience Studies in January 2014. He is pursuing a degree in International Affairs and Political Science, with a minor in African-American Studies. In 2011 Marvin studied Diaspora and Urban Studies in Berlin, Germany and Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to working at the Kostas Institute, Marvin worked as a Neighborhood Economic Resource Assessment Aide for the Department of Community Development at the City Hall of Long Beach, NY and as a Field Organizer for Ed Markey’s Senate Campaign.

Teagan Judd
Global Studies ’14

Teagan joined the Center for Resilience Studies in January 2014.  She is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Global Studies with a concentration in conflict resolution and negotiation through the College of Professional Studies.  In 2011 she received her Bachelors degree from Northeastern in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict and security studies, with minors in History and Communications.  In the summer of 2008 she studied Disarmament Diplomacy and International Negotiations at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  Teagan also had the opportunity to study politics at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010.  Prior to working at the Kostas Institute she worked for the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights.

More information on our research assistants can be found here.