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Erroll G. Southers

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.