Frank Emerson

Adjunct Instructor

Address: JC Long, 9 Liberty Street
Office Hours: By appointment only
Phone: 843-953-5724
E-mail: emersonfv@cofc.edu


Frank Emerson is an accomplished leader with more than 26 years of experience in U.S. national security and foreign policy matters, 17 years with the Central Intelligence Agency and 9 years with the U.S. Department of State. He has front line experience in worldwide operations and crisis management while leading highly diverse and collaborative environments. At CIA, he served as an Intelligence Officer, Assistant General Counsel, and Senior Analyst. At State, he was a Diplomat and Lawyer, and served more than five years in the Office of the Legal Counselor in the Netherlands.

At both CIA and State, Emerson excelled at building programs with world-wide partners while bridging differences in international environments. As a Senior Operations Officer in South America, he led an Intelligence Fusion Center where he forged together the U.S. intelligence, homeland security, military, law enforcement, and diplomatic communities to disrupt and dismantle terrorist and drug trafficking organizations. As a Legal Attache in the Netherlands, he represented the U.S. at international courts. He led diplomatic, legal, and policy engagements, concentrating on strategic objectives while brokering grass roots international collaborative efforts.

Emerson has a Juris Doctor with a certificate in International, Comparative, & Foreign Law from Penn State University, a Master of Public Policy from American University, and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. He has professional competency in Spanish and Dutch.

Emerson teaches U.S. Intelligence Community, National Security, Foreign Policy, and International Law courses.