John Harrison, Ph.D.
Department of War and Conflict Studies
National Defense University Program at Fort Bragg, N.C.
• Ph.D., St. Andrews University
• M. Lit, St. Andrews University
• M.A., The American University
• B.A., Wheeling Jesuit University
• Aviation Security
• Transportation Security
• Homeland Security
• Southeast Asia
• Northern Ireland
Before joining CISA in the fall of 2010, John Harrison, Ph.D., was an Assistant Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and Head of Terrorism Research at the International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Nanyang Technology University in Singapore. He was also the Coordinator for the Transportation Security program at the Center for Excellence in National Security at RSIS. Before joining RSIS, Harrison was a research associate at the Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at St. Andrews University, where he also served as the personal assistant to its chairman, Professor Sir Paul Wilkinson.
Harrison is one of the leading specialists on aviation security, and is the Associate Editor of The Journal of Transportation Security. He has made presentations at many international conferences and advises several major international airlines, and briefed and trained a wide range of government and private sector bodies. He is Technical Advisor to Borderpol, the international association for border police; the founder of the Singapore chapter of the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals; and a member of the Center for Emerging National Security Affairs. He has embedded with U.S. forces in Iraq, and has briefed Al Jazzara, AFP, Channel News Asia, the Straights Times, the Wall Street Journal and media outlets in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Japan.
Harrison's key publications include his book International Aviation and Terrorism, published in March, 2009 with the prestigious Routledge Political Violence series. His chapter, "Aviation Security Practice and Education: 1968 and Onward," appeared in Aviation Security Management [Three Volumes] ed. by Andrew R. Thomas, Praeger Security International. His chapter, "The Changing Face of Aviation Terrorism," was published in the book The Changing Face of Terrorism.