Book Talk by Austen D. Givens on The Business of Counterterrorism
Austen D. Givens is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London and Professor of Practice at Utica College.
His research examines the economics of security–that is, how economic principles influence and shape national security decision-making. Austen's book with Nathan E. Busch, The Business of Counterterrorism, explores how partnerships between businesses and government agencies have impacted the homeland security arena since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.
Austen‘s PhD research extends this line of inquiry by comparing four U.S. states’ uses of public-private partnerships before, during, and after disasters. His courses at Utica College, where he has taught since 2011, examine the interplay of firms and government agencies in counterterrorism and cybersecurity.
Austen is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied Foreign Affairs and Italian.