An expert in Latin America, Dr. Brian Norris is an assistant professor in The Citadel's Department of Criminal Justice. Norris joined the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2014.

A resident of Latin America for five years, he has traveled professionally to the region 26 times since 1997 and worked in Bolivia, El Salvador, Paraguay, Ecuador, Panama and Argentina. The author of numerous scholarly and technical articles about Latin America, Norris also speaks often at symposiums and conferences. He currently is writing Prison Bureaucracies in Mexico, the US, India and Honduras, which is under contract for publication in 2017.

Norris has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master's degree in Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate degree in international relations from John's Hopkins/SAIS. He lives in Charleston with his wife and three daughters.