James Ramsay

Homeland Security Program Coordinator
Office: Chair, Department of Security Studies, 88 Commercial Street, RM 308, Manchester, NH 03101
James Ramsay, professor of security studies, homeland security department

James Ramsay is a professor of security studies, coordinator of the Homeland Security program, and the founding Chair of the Department of 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 currently serves as the New Hampshire InfraGard Vice President and on the Board for the International Association for Intelligence Education. He also serves as the current President for the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security (INSPRS) of which he is a co-founder. 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 for Security, Intelligence and Resilience Education and the Journal of Human Security and Resilience.

Previously, he 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 served 6 years on the Board of Directors for ABET, Inc., and 12 years as Chair of the Education Standards Committees for the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). He was elected as an ASSP "Fellow" in 2019.

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. 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. Books include “Introduction to Homeland Security” and “Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook”, both by Routledge. A third text "Environmental Security: Concepts, Challenges and Case Studies" was published by the American Meteorological Society in December 2019. A forth text, “Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures" will be published by Routledge, expected late summer 2020.


  • 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
  • Food Security
  • Homeland Security
  • International Security
  • National Security

Courses Taught

  • HLS 410: Intro Homeland Security
  • HLS 415: Corporate Security
  • HLS 510: Emergency Management
  • 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: IS/HLS 610-ExercDesign&Eval
  • 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
  • POLT 695: IS/Intelligence Systems & Stru
  • UMST 500: Internship

Selected Publications

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

Ramsay, J. D., Lanicci, J., Murray, H., O'Sullivan, T., Kiltz, L., Negron-Gonzalez, M., . . . Frohlich, C. (2019). Environmental Security: Concepts, Challenges and Case Studies. J. D. Ramsay, H. Murray, & J. Lanicci (Eds.), American Meteorological Society.

Ramsay, J. D. (2018). Framing the Occupational Safety and Health Profession: A Brief History, and Roadmap for the Future.

Ramsay, J. D. (2018). Framing the Occupational Safety and Health Profession: A Brief History, and Road map for the Future. In R. Olawoyin, & D. Hill (Eds.), Environmental Health and Safety Leadership and Professional Development. American Society of Safety Professionals.

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., & Hartz, W. (2017). A Competency-Based Model Curriculum for Occupational Safety and Health: Results from Two National ASSE Education Standards Workshops. Professional safety.

Ramsay, J. D., Sorrell, E., & Hartz, W. (2015). Advancing the Occupational Health and Safety Profession by Outcomes-Based Accreditation. Professional safety.

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. 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).

Lanicci, J., Edwards, F., Kiltz, L., Ramsay, J., Kessler, G., McEntire, D., . . . Sylves, R. (2013). Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook. J. D. Ramsay, & L. Kiltz (Eds.), Westfield Press, Praeger Publications.