Erroll Southers

Research Area Leader for Countering Violent Extremism

Dr. Erroll Southers is former Presidential nominee for Assistant Secretary of the TSA, Deputy Director in the California Office of Homeland Security and FBI Special Agent. He also serves as professor of the practice of governance in USC's Price School of Public Policy.

Dr. Erroll G. Southers is an internationally recognized expert on counterterrorism, public safety, infrastructure protection, and homeland security. He is the Director of the Homegrown Violent Studies Program at the University of Southern California, where he is also an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Public Policy in the Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Dr. Southers is the Managing Director for Counter-Terrorism & Infrastructure Protection at TAL Global, an international security consulting firm. There he directs security assessments addressing transportation modalities, stadium venues, and educational and cultural institutions.

Previously, Dr. Southers served as the Director of Transition and Research Deployment of the National Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). He has 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 Airports Police Department (the nation’s largest airport police department); and President Barack Obama’s first nominee for Assistant Secretary of the Transportation Security Administration.

Before this, Dr. Southers was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, beginning his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Santa Monica Police Department and culminating with as Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Los Angeles World Airports Police Department. Lecturing at Joint Chiefs of Staff Antiterrorism Seminars and testifying before Congress on homeland security matters, Dr. Southers was recognized in Security Magazine’s Top 25 Most Influential Industry Thought Leaders in the United States and is a recipient of the Earl Warren Outstanding Public Service Award.

He is a Senior Fellow of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and a Visiting Fellow of the International Institute of Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel. Dr. Southers lectures throughout the world and has been interviewed on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, NPR and a variety of other news programs. He holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees from USC and earned his BA from Brown University. Read more about Dr. Southers' work, writing and upcoming events on his website.