James Ramsay

Founding Chair
Founding Coordinator - Homeland Security Program
Phone: (603) 641-4308
Office: Dept of Security Studies, Huddleston Hall Room 323, Durham, NH 03824
James Ramsay, professor of security studies, homeland security department

James Ramsay is a professor of Security Studies, founding coordinator of the Homeland Security program, and founding Chair of the Department of Security Studies at the University of New Hampshire – an NSA/DHS designated cybersecurity education CAE. Prior to UNH, he created one of the nation’s 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, terrorism studies, intelligence, cybersecurity, emergency management, occupational and environmental health.

Dr. Ramsay serves as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and on the editorial boards for the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Affairs Journal, was co-developer and is associate editor of the Journal of Security, Intelligence and Resilience Education. He also serves on the IAFIE Board and as the Vice President of the NH InfraGard Chapter.

Research interests include climate security; homeland security, intelligence, and law enforcement education; and the relationship between environmental and human security and national security strategy. Books include Introduction to Homeland Security and Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook and Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures, all by Routledge, and Foundations of Environmental Security: Integrating Resilience into National Security published by the American Meteorological Society. His current text is focused on Climate Security.

Dr. Ramsay has been involved in curriculum and program design, and education standards development in homeland security, intelligence, emergency management and occupational safety for 20 years. He’s advised several University programs and served on the Board of Directors of ABET, Inc.

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 NIOSH in the CDC, where he served for 4 years, and served on the CDC/NIOSH Institutional Review Board and their Disaster Research IRBs for 10 years. In 2020, Dr. Ramsay was the inaugural recipient of the Dave McIntyre Award for outstanding education and scholarship in Homeland Security by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and was elected as an ASSP “Fellow” in 2019.


  • Ph.D., Population Heath (Heath Services Research), University of Wisconsin
  • M.A., Business (Health Administration), University of Wisconsin
  • B.S., Biology, Natural Science, University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

  • Climate change
  • Cyber Security
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Homeland Security
  • Human Dimensions of Climate Change
  • International Security
  • National Security

Courses Taught

  • GCHS 840: Enviro Sec, Climate Ch & Confl
  • HLS 410: Intro Homeland Security
  • HLS 555: Comparative Homeland Security
  • HLS 580: Environmental Security
  • HLS 595: IS/Human & Environ Security
  • HLS 650: Intelligence Systems
  • HLS 656: Comp Hmland Security Lab
  • HLS 695: IndStdy/Capstone in HLS
  • HLS 724: Int'l Criminal Law Survey
  • HLS 750: Top/Comp Criminal Just Systems
  • HLS 760: Strat Planning & Decision Mkg
  • HLS 770: HLS Internship
  • HLS 790: Capstone in HLS
  • NSIA 850: Intelligence Case Studies
  • NSIA 856: Study Abroad in Security
  • UMST 500: Internship

Selected Publications

Ramsay, J., & O'Sullivan, T. (2020). Human and Environmental Security Theory. In Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security Strategies, Operations, and Structures. Routledge.

Ramsay, J. D., Cozine, K., & Comiskey, J. (2020). Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations, and Structures. K. Cozine, & J. Comiskey (Eds.), Routledge.

Ramsay, J., & O'Sullivan, T. (2020). Public Health Security Theory. In Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security Strategies, Operations, and Structures. Routledge.

Hudson, D., & Ramsay, J. D. (2019). A roadmap to professionalism: Advancing occupational safety and health I practice as a profession in the United States. SAFETY SCIENCE, 118, 168-180. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2019.04.018

O'Sullivan, T., & Ramsay, J. (2019). Energy Security. In J. Lanicci, E. H. H. Murray, & J. Ramsay (Eds.), Environmental Security Concepts, Challenges, and Case Studies. American Meteorological Society Publications.

Ramsay, J. D., Lanicci, J., & Murray, H. (2019). Environmental Security: Concepts, Challenges and Case Studies. J. D. Ramsay, H. Murray, & J. Lanicci (Eds.), American Meteorological Society.

Ramsay, J. D., Lanicci, J., & Murray, H. (2017). Re-conceptualizing Environmental Security as Resilience: Strategic Planning for Human and National Security. Journal of Human Security and Resilience.

Ramsay, J. D., & O'Sullivan, T. (2014). Defining and Distinguishing Homeland from National Security and Climate-Related Environmental Security, in Theory and Practice. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 12(5).

Ramsay, J. D., & Butts, K. (2014). Research and Policy in Homeland Security and Climate Change: Results from a Roundtable on Climate Change and Homeland Security. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 12(4).

Ramsay, J., & Kiltz, L. (2013). Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook. J. D. Ramsay, & L. Kiltz (Eds.), Routledge (Taylor and Francis Group).

Ramsay, J. D., & O'Sullivan, T. (2013). There’s a Pattern Here”: The Search for a Theoretical Framework for Modern Homeland Security and the Case of Environmental Security”.. Homeland Security Affairs, (spring).

McCombie, S., Ramsay, J., & Uhlmann, A. (n.d.). The Elusive Field of Cyber Intelligence: Notes from the Educational Front. The Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, (Fall 2019).