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


Jim Ramsay is a professor of security studies, coordinator of the Homeland Security program, and the founding Chair of the Department of Politics, Security Studies and Business at the University of New Hampshire. His career has provided almost 20 years of experience in public health, emergency management, occupational safety, environmental health and security.

After appointment 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, Dr. 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. In addition, Dr. Ramsay 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 Engineers (ASSE), 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, and the Journal of Homeland Security Education and the Journal of Human Security and Resilience.

Dr. Ramsay has served as a subject matter expert and consulted on a wide range of health, emergency management planning and evaluation issues as well as occupational safety and environmental health. Books include “Introduction to Homeland Security” and “Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook” and a third text, “Foundations of Environmental Security: Integrating Resilience into National Security” which is expected to be published in 2018.



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