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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Stephen E. Flynn, Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen Flynn is Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University with faculty affiliations in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. He is also the Founding Director of the Center for Resilience Studies and Co-Academic Director of Northeastern’s Graduate Program in Security and Resilience Studies.

Before arriving at Northeastern in 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 holds research affiliations with the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, and the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. 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).   He is also a member of the National Security Advisory Board for Argonne National Laboratory. He 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.

Stephen Flynn
Director
Center for Resilience Studies, Northeastern University
s.flynn@neu.edu
617.373.4578


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Sean Burke

Sean Burke became the Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow 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 and Senior Research Fellow
Center for Resilience Studies, Northeastern University
s.burke@neu.edu
617.480.1971


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Connor Goddard

Connor Goddard became a Research Program Manager 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
Research Program Manager
Center for Resilience Studies, Northeastern University
c.goddard@neu.edu
617.356.9655


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Aron Ezaz

Aron Ezaz assumed the role of Senior Grants and Administrative Manager at Northeastern University’s Center for Resilience Studies in February 2016. Prior to arriving at the Center, Aron worked at Partners In Health, where he held the role of Grants Analyst, managing a multimillion dollar portfolio of grants for the organization’s West Africa operations. Previously, Aron also held the role of Controller and Grant Program Director at Concordia College Alabama where he was responsible for the overall daily financial and operational matters of the institution. Aron completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi, graduating with an Accounting degree. In addition, Aron also completed his graduate degree in Accounting at Jackson State University. Aron is a native of Eritrea, a country located on the Red Sea coast of the Horn of Africa. Coming from a multilingual background, Aron speaks several languages, namely, English, Tigrigna (native), and is proficient in Italian and Spanish as well.

Aron Ezaz
Senior Grants and Administrative Manager
Center for Resilience Studies, Northeastern University
a.ezaz@neu.edu
617.373.8340

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Angie Valencia

Angie Valencia became the Executive Assistant to the Director of Northeastern University’s Center for Resilience Studies and the Chairman at Kostas Research Institute in January, 2016. She previously worked in the Provost office at Northeastern University assisting the Senior Vice-Provost for Research and Graduate Education. Prior to coming to Northeastern Angie worked as Project Manager at C-Space, a consumer collaboration agency in Boston, and as Event Coordinator for a Latin America and Caribbean luxury watch distributor. Valencia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Connecticut College.

Angie Valencia
Executive Assistant
Center for Resilience Studies, Northeastern University
a.valencia@neu.edu
857.407.8062

Research Assistants

Erin Bourque
International Affairs & Political Science ’18

Erin joined the Center for Resilience Studies in January 2016. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science at Northeastern University with minors in Russian Language and History. A recipient of the Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth and Critical Language Scholarship awards, Erin has studied in each of the Baltic states as well as in Yaroslavl and Vladimir, Russia. Prior to joining the Center for Resilience Studies, Erin held positions with Action for Boston Community Development and in the Office of Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

Selmon Rafey
International Affairs & Political Science ’18

Selmon joined the Center for Resilience Studies in January 2016. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science, with a focus on the Middle East, counter-terrorism, and conflict resolution. Selmon has previously studied the Arabic language and post-Arab Spring developments in Jordan during the summer of 2014, and worked at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. In addition to working at the Center for Resilience Studies, Selmon is currently serving as the Vice President of Student Involvement in the Northeastern University Student Government Association.