Erroll G. Southers is the Associate Director of Research
Transition at the DHS National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis
of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern
California, where he developed the Executive Program in
Counter-Terrorism and serves as an adjunct professor of Homeland
Security and Public Policy in the Sol Price School of Public Policy.
He is a former FBI Special Agent, President Barack Obama’s first
nominee for Assistant Secretary of the TSA and Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director for Critical Infrastructure of the
California Office of Homeland Security. Prof. Southers is a Visiting
Fellow of the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism in
Herzliya, Israel, a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s
Homeland Security Project, a Senior Fellow of the UCLA School of
Public Affairs and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Command,
Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis
(CCICADA) at Rutgers University.
Professor Southers is also the Managing Director of the
Counter-Terrorism and Infrastructure Protection Division of the
international security consulting firm TAL Global Corporation. He
was the Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence at the
Los Angeles World Airports Police Department and began his law
enforcement career with the Santa Monica Police Department. He is a
recipient of the Earl Warren Outstanding Public Service Award,
recognized in Security Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Industry
Thought Leaders in the United States and member of the Los Angeles
Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Airport Security at LAX. Prof. Southers
has provided testimony as a subject matter expert to the full
Congressional Committee on Homeland Security, published numerous
articles and appears as a counter-terrorism analyst on a variety of
national and international media networks.
Professor Southers earned his BA degree at Brown University and MPA
at USC, where he is a doctoral candidate.