James Ramsay

Department of Business, Politics & Security Studies Chair, Coordinator of Homeland Security Program and Professor of Security Studies

Global Studies Minor
Homeland Security Minor
Homeland Security, B.S.
UNH Manchester


James Ramsay, Ph.D., M.A., CSP, joins the college in Fall 2015 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he served as the founding chair of the department of Security Studies and International Affairs after creating the program in 2006.

Ramsay is widely recognized as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on homeland security education, with expertise in a wide range of health, emergency management planning and evaluation issues, as well as occupational safety and environmental health. His research areas of interest focus on the relationship between environmental and human security, resilience, and national security strategic planning, as well as the design and economic evaluation of health, safety, and prevention programs.

Ramsay began his undergraduate education in biochemistry with an eventual plan to continue on to medical school. During his studies, however, he became more interested in the concepts of public health and the systems that form its foundation, such as what causes good health vs. ill health.

With the 9/11 terror attacks and the advent of the homeland security industry, Ramsay then turned his lens of public health and system analysis to this emerging discipline, bringing with him traditionally liberal arts tenets such as critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and problem-solving to create one of the first homeland security bachelor’s degree programs in the country at Embry-Riddle in 2006. Ramsay now joins UNH Manchester to establish an integrated and highly multi-disciplinary homeland security program in New England.


Courses Developed and Previously Taught
  • Homeland Security: Environmental Security (undergraduate and graduate); Senior Practicum in HS (undergraduate); Strategic Planning and Decision Making in HS (undergraduate); Terrorism Studies (undergraduate); Emergency Management (undergraduate); Exercise Design and Evaluation (undergraduate); Business Skills in Homeland Security (undergraduate); Homeland Security Fundamentals (undergraduate).
  • Specialty Areas: Research Methods & Statistics (graduate).
  • Safety, Health Promotion and Environmental Studies: Environmental Health (undergraduate & graduate); Evaluation Principles in Health Promotion & Health Protection (graduate & undergraduate); Principles of Occupational Safety and Health (undergraduate & graduate); Industrial Hygiene (undergraduate); Epidemiology (undergraduate & graduate); Engineering Design of Controls (undergraduate); OSHA 30 hour course; Senior Practicum in Health and Safety (undergraduate).


  • Professional interests include homeland and national security strategic planning, environmental and human security, business continuity and preparedness.



  • 2011 President’s Award by the American Society of Safety Engineers, given for distinctive contributions and service to the profession, June 2011

  • 2008 W. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator in the Nation, awarded by American Society of Safety Engineers, June 2008

  • Outstanding Service Award by the American Society of Safety Engineers, Council on Practices & Standards, Summer 2005

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point winner, University Service Award, April 2005

  • Safety Professional of the Year,American Society of Safety Engineers, Council on Practices & Standards, Summer 2004

  • Safety Professional of the Year, American Society of Safety Engineers, Academics Practice Specialty, Summer 2003


  • Ph.D., Population Health, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.A.B., Health Systems Administration, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Speakers Bureau

speaking topics
  • Business continuity and preparedness (emergency management)
  • Human security issues; environmental security issues
  • Critical infrastructure protection/resilience
  • General homeland security issues