Glenn Pierce, Ph.D., is currently the Acting Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy and Principal Research Scientist for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University. At Northeastern University he has also served as Director of Strategic Planning and Research for Information Services, Director of Academic Computing, and Director for the Center Applied Social Research. Dr.Pierce has conducted research on a broad range of social and economic issues and has obtained funding for his research from a variety of agencies including the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the National Science Foundation. His most recent research has focused on crime and firearms violence and on criminal justice information and intelligence systems. As Director of Academic Computing he oversaw the implementation of the Northeastern University’s university-wide computer network, the development of a centralized help service, and university-wide delivery of software applications and other network services.