Dr. Ben Graham is an associate professor in the USC Department of Political Science and International Relations and the co-founder of the Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab. His book, Investing in the Homeland, was published in 2019. Dr. Graham earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2012.
Naveed Jamali an expert on national security, intelligence, and law enforcement. From 2005-2009, he worked undercover for the FBI, infiltrating a Russian military intelligence operation in the United States. His work resulted in significant disruption of Russia’s US-based intelligence collection apparatus. He tells the story of his time as a double agent in his book, … Continued
Dr. Erroll G. Southers is the USC Associate Senior Vice President of Safety and Risk Assurance and the former Director of the Safe Communities Institute. Previously, Dr. Southers also served as: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Deputy Director in the California Office of Homeland Security; Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles World … Continued
Brie Loskota is the executive director of the Martin Marty Center for Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Chicago. She previously served as the executive director of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC). Loskota’s research examines how religious groups change and how they make change in the world. Specifically, her … Continued
Justin Hienz is a subject matter expert on religious extremism, terrorist messaging and homeland security strategic communications. He is a Fellow at the University of Southern California Safe Communities Institute and a counterterrorism researcher working with the National Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security … Continued
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, an adjunct assistant professor in Georgetown University’s security studies program, and a lecturer at the Catholic University of America. He is also the CEO of Valens Global, a consulting firm focusing on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors. Gartenstein-Ross’s research and … Continued
Dr. Doron Pely is the Executive Director of the Sulha Research Center in Shefa’amer, Israel, where he conducts extended ethnographic study of Muslim/Arab customary justice practices. He also teaches in Israel at Bar Ilan University’s Graduate Program in Conflict Management and Negotiations. Dr. Pely’s work focuses on the ways different cultures interact with each other, … Continued