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.


James Ramsay is a professor of security studies, coordinator of the Homeland Security program, and the founding Chair of the Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to UNH, he created one of the first undergraduate programs in homeland security at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, where he also founded the department of Security Studies and International Affairs. He has over 20 years’ experience in public health, emergency management, occupational safety, environmental health and security studies.

Dr. Ramsay was appointed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors to the Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health in the CDC, where he served for 4 years.  Ramsay now serves on the CDC/NIOSH Institutional Review Board as well as their Disaster Research IRB.  Dr. Ramsay also served 6 years on the Board of Directors for ABET, Inc., and currently serves on the Education Standards Committees for both the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security (INSPRS) of which he is a co-founder and President, and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), where he has chaired the committee since 2006.

Dr. Ramsay currently serves on the editorial review boards for Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  He also co-founded and serves on the editorial and advisory boards for the Journal of Homeland Security Education and the Journal of Human Security and Resilience.  

Dr. Ramsay has served as a subject matter expert and grant reviewer on a wide range of health, safety, emergency management, and environmental health issues.  His current area of research interests includes climate security, law enforcement education and the relationship between environmental and human security and national security strategic planning.  Books include “Introduction to Homeland Security” and “Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook”.  A third text, “Foundations of Environmental Security: Integrating Resilience into National Security” is expected to be published in 2018.


  • Introduction to Homeland Security
  • Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • Corporate Security and Risk Management
  • Human and Environmental Security
  • Terrorism: origins, ideologies and goals
  • Homeland Security intelligence analysis capstone,  internship, independent study and thesis


  • Ramsay, J. “Leveraging the Intelligence Process to Understand Wicked Problems in Homeland Security Programs,”  paper and presentation at the 14th annual International Association for Intelligence Education, Sydney Australia, 2018
  • Knox, C., C. Hackerott, S. Feldmann-Jensen, J. Ramsay, D. McEntire.  “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Trends, Gaps, Challenges and Opportunities in Emergency Management and Homeland Security,”  under review by Journal of Emergency Management, 2018
  • Knox, C. and J. Ramsay.  “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Emergency Management Higher Education: Trends and Gaps” presentation at the 79th annual international conference of the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), Denver, CO, March 2018
  • Ramsay, J. “Framing the Occupational Safety and Health Profession:  A Brief History, and Roadmap for the Future,”  Book chapter in Environmental Health and Safety Leadership and Professional Development, published by ASSE, 2018.
  • Murray, E.H.H., Ramsay, J.  “Wicked and Tame Problems: Reframing the National Security Debate in Light of Human Security Demands” in International Journal of Security Studies (forthcoming)


  • Professional interests include human and environmental security and linkages to national security strategic planning relationships between preparedness, resilience and business continuity strategies, cybersecurity policy and risk management.



  • 2016 Culberston Award for Excellence in Service, American Society of Safety Engineers, June 2016

  • 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

  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002 Inductee)

  • Fellow, Association of Worksite Health Promotion (AWHP – merged with ACSM, 9/2001

  • Member, Phi Eta Sigma, National Faculty Honor Society (1999 Inductee)

  • Executive Committee of National Safety Council’s Health Care Section, named Outstanding Section of the Year Award, by National Safety Council, 10/1998

  • Member, Phi Kappa Phi, National Faculty Honor Society (1997 Inductee)


  • Ph.D., Population Health, minor in research methods and statistics, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.B.A., Health Systems Administration, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B.S., Biology & Natural Sciences, minor in Chemistry and German

Speakers Bureau

speaking topics
  • Environmental and Human Security
  • Emergency Preparedness and Resilience
  • Homeland Security
  • National Security