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.

Profile

Prior to UNH, Dr. Ramsay 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 the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security (INSPRS) of which he is a co-founder and President.  He is also the Vice President of the Council of Academic Affairs and Research for the American Society of Safety Professionals.

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 International Journal of Security, Preparedness and Resilience 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. 

Courses

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

Publications

A selection of published works by Professor Ramsay

  • Ramsay, J., J. Comiskey, K. Cozine.  “Homeland Security Theory: Cases and Concepts.” Routledge, Part of the Taylor & Francis Group.  Text due Sept. 2019.
  • Lanicci, J., EHH Murray, Ramsay, J. (order determined alphabetically).  “Environmental Security: Concepts, Challenges and Case Studies.  American Meteorological Society Publications.  ISBN 978-1-944970-41-3, the e-book version 978-1-944970-42-0.  14 chapters.
  • Ramsay, J. and L. Kiltz. “Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook”.  Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018 New York, New York. ISBN 13 978-0-8133-4827-8, 7 chapters, 14 cases. (First published, 2013)
  • Logan, K. and J. Ramsay (co-editors) “Introduction to Homeland Security”.  Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018 New York, New York.  ISBN 978-0-8133-4598-7.  14 chapters.  (Frist published, 2012).

Articles and Presentations

  • Ramsay, J. and T. O’Sullivan. “Human Security and Climate Change as Wicked Problems in Homeland and National Security: Implications for a More Resilient National Security Strategy.” Presentation at the 11th Annual Homeland Security Annual Summit, Albany, NY, Oct 10-13, 2018
  • Ramsay, J. “Case-based Intelligence Approaches for Homeland Security’s Wicked Problems.” Paper and presentation at the 3rd annual International Association for Intelligence Education, Europe Chapter, Leicester, England. September 2018.
  • Ramsay, J. and I. Renda-Tanali.  “Development of Competency-Based Education Standards for Homeland Security Academic Programs.” Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Managementhttps://doi.org/10.1515/jhsem-2018-0016, published 9-11-2018.
  • 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.  July 2018.
  • Feldmann-Jensen, S., C. Hackerott, Knox, C., J. Ramsay, D. McEntire, A. Jerolleman.  “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Emergency Management and Homeland Security: Trends, Gaps, Barriers and Opportunities”.  Journal of Emergency Management vol. 16 no. 4 July 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, Mar 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, Hill, D and Olawoyin, R editors, published by ASSE, 2018.
  • Ramsay, J. and E.H.H. Murray.  “The Light under the Bushel:  Redefining US National Security Strategy by Leveraging Principles of Human Security to Address Underlying Causes of Asymmetric Insurgencies.”  Presentation at the 10th annual Homeland Security Education Summit, Washington DC, Mar 2017.
  • Comiskey, J. and J. Ramsay. “To Serve and Protect: A New Policing Education Model for the 21st Century.” Presentation at the 10th annual Homeland Security Education Summit, Washington DC, Mar 2017.
  • Ramsay, J. and W. Hartz.  “A Competency-Based Model Curriculum for Occupational Safety and Health: Results from Two National ASSE Education Standards Workshops.” Professional Safety, February 2017.
  • Lanicci, J., J. Ramsay, E.H. Murray.  “Re-conceptualizing Environmental Security as Resilience: Strategic Planning for Human and National SecurityJournal of Human Security and Resilience, February 2017.
  • Ramsay, J. and D. McIntyre.  “Professionalizing Homeland Security: Using Educational Standards to Define the Discipline.” Presentation at the 18th Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium, Emmitsburg, MD.  June 2016
  • Ramsay, J. “Leveraging the Principles of Environmental Security to Better Integrate US National and Homeland Security.”  Conference paper and presentation at the 2016 International Studies Association (ISA) meeting in Atlanta, GA, special panel entitled: Domestic Peace and Homeland Security Structures.
  • O’Sullivan, T. and J. Ramsay.  “Defining and Distinguishing Homeland from National Security and Climate-Related Environmental Security, in Theory and Practice.”  Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, vol. 12, no. 5, 2014.
  • Kessler, G. and J. Ramsay.  “A Proposed Curriculum in Cybersecurity Education Targeting Homeland Security Students.”  Paper and Presentation at the 47th annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) meeting, Jan 2014.
  • O’Sullivan, T. and J. Ramsay.  “Defining and Distancing Environmental Security with Homeland and National Security in Theory and Practice.”  Presentation at the annual International Studies Association ISSS-ISAC Joint Conference, Washington DC, October 2013.
  • Ramsay, J. and G. Kessler.  “Integrating Cybersecurity in a Homeland Security Curriculum.”  Presentation at the 6th annual Homeland Security Education Summit, Hanscom Air Force Base, Boston, MA, Sep 2013.
  • Ramsay, J. and T. O’Sullivan.  “There’s a Pattern Here”: The Search for a Theoretical Framework for Modern Homeland Security and the Case of Environmental Security”.  Homeland Security Affairs Journal, Spring, 2013.
  • Ramsay, J. “The Case for Accreditation in Homeland Security”, Journal of Homeland Security Education, vol. 2, 2013.
  • Kessler, G. and J. Ramsay.  “Paradigms for Cybersecurity Education in a Homeland Security Program.”  Journal of Homeland Security Education, vol. 2, 2013.

Interests

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

Affiliations

Awards

  • 2016 Culberston Award for Excellence in Service, American Society of Safety Professionals, June 2016
  • 2011 President’s Award by the American Society of Safety Professionals, 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 Professionals, June 2008
  • Outstanding Service Award by the American Society of Safety Professionals, 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 Professionals, Council on Practices & Standards, Summer 2004
  • Safety Professional of the Year, American Society of Safety Professionals, 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)

Education

  • 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 and Climate Change/Security
  • Emergency Preparedness and Resilience
  • Homeland Security
  • National Security