Betsy Cooper

Betsy Cooper, PhD


Not in residence

Research Interests

Immigration, Law, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, Regulation, Terrorism, Radicalization, Homeland Security


Betsy Cooper is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.  Betsy, a former CISAC Postdoctoral Fellow, came to UC Berkeley from the Department of Homeland Security, where she served as an attorney advisor to the Deputy General Counsel and as a policy counselor in the Office of Policy. Prior to her arrival at Berkeley, Betsy worked for over a decade in homeland security consulting, managing projects for Atlantic Philanthropies (Dublin, Ireland), the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in London, the World Bank, and a number of other think tanks. Betsy is also the author of over twenty manuscripts and articles on US and European immigration and refugee policy, and her book manuscript Europe's Security Solution: Can Immigrant Integration Really Prevent Terrorism? is currently under review. In addition to a law degree from Yale University, Betsy holds a DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, an M.Sc. in Forced Migration from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. Betsy previously clerked for Judge William Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.