Faculty Friday: Meet Dr. James Ramsay

Friday, January 18, 2019

James Ramsay

Dr. James Ramsay arrived at the University of New Hampshire in 2015 to spearhead UNH’s Homeland Security program, which has grown significantly on both the Manchester and Durham campuses.

In his three years as professor of security studies, Ramsay has focused on preparing students with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills to succeed in the rapidly-growing fields of law enforcement, intelligence analysis, emergency management, cybersecurity and more.

Ramsay’s research interests include climate security, law enforcement education and the relationship between environmental and human security and national security strategic planning. He has published several books and has served as a subject matter expert on local and national media on a wide range of health, safety, emergency management and environmental health issues.

Ramsay’s work has earned him multiple accolades from the American Society of Safety Engineers, including the 2016 Culbertson Award for Excellence in Service, the 2011 President’s Award and the 2008 William Tarrants Award Outstanding Safety Educator Award.

What do you like best about your job?

Teaching security studies to students, engaging students in our democracy, and my colleagues.

What is your favorite UNH memory?

The first cybersecurity panel I organized in 2016.

Tell us your favorite:

  • Manchester restaurant: Shaskeen Irish Pub
  • New Hampshire destination: The White Mountains
  • Book: In a Sunburnt Country by Bill Bryson
  • Movie: The Burbs
  • Childhood book: Johnny Tremain
  • Childhood TV show: Star Trek (of course, the classic series)

What are your hobbies?

Travel, cycling, movies, eating with family and friends.

Best vacation ever?

All of them... But teaching in Sydney, Australia, in 2005 was a highlight of my career.

We’d be surprised to know that…

I love professional cycling and soccer.

Which three famous people, living or dead, would you want at your fantasy dinner party?

George Washington, Captain Kirk and James Cook.

As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?

A diver/conservationist for Jacques Cousteau on the Calypso.