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Glenn Pierce, Ph.D. - Global Resilience Institute. Boston, MA, US

Glenn Pierce, Ph.D. Glenn Pierce, Ph.D.

Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy and Principal Research Scientist for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University | Faculty Affiliate, Global Resilience Institute


Glenn Pierce is Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy at Northeastern University






Glenn Pierce - The Effect of State Firearm Laws on Illegal Gun Markets




Glenn Pierce, Ph.D. is the Director of the Institute for Security and Public Policy (ISPP) and a Principal Research Scientist for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 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.

As Director of Academic Computing he was one of the leaders in planning and implementing Northeastern University’s institution-wide computer network, the development of a centralized computer support services, and the university-wide delivery of software applications and other network services. 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, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology program.

His most recent research has focused on firearms violence, counter proliferation of dual use technologies and weapons of mass destruction, criminal justice information and intelligence systems, and intergroup conflict.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Intergroup Conflict Firearms Violence Social and Community Criminal Justice Information and Intelligence Systems

Education (1)

Northeastern University: PhD, Sociology 1989

Media Appearances (5)

Yes, Northeastern U. Has Done Research for ICE. No, It’s Not About Border Patrol.

The Chronicle of Higher Education  online


Northeastern University is under pressure because of a $7.8-million contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, which has drawn criticism over the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. The university’s relationship with ICE was described in a Money magazine article about organizations that are doing business with the controversial agency. A petition that was signed by students and alumni urged the university to break all contracts with ICE.

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Susan Sharp Crow explores race and the death penalty at OK-CADP annual dinner

The City Sentinel  online


Sociology professor and author, Dr. Susan Sharp Crow addressed over 100 attendees during the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (OK-CADP) 27th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on April 21. Her keynote speech explored the serious concerns about race and the death penalty.

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Awards in Science, Engineering, the Arts Among Honors to Northeastern Community

News @ Northeastern  online


Northeastern faculty, students, and staff receive numerous awards, grants, and accolades throughout the year in fields ranging from engineering and chemistry to language scholarship and pharmaceutical science. Here we present some of the more recent honors during the fall 2016 semester, aware that they represent just a sampling of the recognition garnered by members of the campus community. If you know of people who’ve received noteworthy recognition for their academic or professional work, tell us about it at news@northeastern.edu.

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New Professor Has Made Crime Prevention His Life’s Work

News @ Northeastern  online


Anthony Braga has been working in conjunction with the Boston Police Department for more than 20 years, analyzing policies and developing programs aimed at reducing the city’s violent crime rate.

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Faculty, Staff, and Students Recognized for Contributions to Fields From Engineering and Literature to Physics

News @ Northeastern  online


The achievements of Northeastern faculty, students, and staff garner numerous awards, grants, and accolades throughout the year in fields from engineering and business to physics and literature. We’ve gathered some of the more recent honors below, aware that they represent just a fraction of the exciting work underway and just a sampling of the recognition garnered by members of the campus community.

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Research Grants (1)

Northeastern Collaborative on Resilient Energy (N-CORE)

Global Resilience Institute 

The goal of the Northeastern Collaborative on Resilient Energy (N-CORE) is to facilitate new collaborative energy-related research across campus and catalyze the impact of university innovations. Despite a strong track-record of extensive research capacity in energy system resilience at Northeastern, mechanisms to connect, communicate, and coordinate energy related research and education among different departments and schools, and outside institutions, have been minimal. Establishing N-CORE will provide a campus-wide structure to facilitate collaborations and strengthen productive and impactful relationships among energy resilience researchers. This initial initiative involves co-PIs from five colleges, but the structure is inclusive and open with a goal of expanding the network of energy researchers so we expect the group to grow over time. Given the diversity of energy research expertise at Northeastern, seed funding is requested to support a series of events, meetings, and activities to catalyze a sustainable community of researchers to share ideas that will lead to the development of large, new collaborations and novel transdisciplinary research proposals. N-CORE will also actively explore the potential for establishing an externally funded Northeastern Energy Institute. N-CORE will also work to support interdisciplinary educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that focus on energy.

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Articles (1)

Security Challenges in the 21st Century: The Changing Nature of Risk, Security and Sustainability Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Glenn L Pierce, Paul Cleary, Curtis Holland, Gordana Rabrenovic


Security concerns facing the United States today are broader and more complex than at any time in our history. They range from concerns arising from threats to systems that allow society to control intergroup and interpersonal conflict to more recently recognized concerns associated with threats to social and economic systems, and threats to the natural/environmental systems on upon which society depends. Each major type of threat represents a form of “fat-tailed risk,” where extreme consequences are far more likely than expected but possess significant uncertainty regarding their severity and timing. Each type of threat shares the common characteristic that some elements are non-negotiable because they contain requirements that society must address to avoid or suffer irreparable consequences. Based on these assessments, we discuss the implications of societal threats on the development of global institutions, cooperation, social justice and human rights.

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