Editor in Chief- John Comiskey
John Comiskey is an Associate Professor of Homeland Security at Monmouth University. He is a retired NYPD Lieutenant and a retired U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Senior Chief Petty Officer. His professional experiences include law enforcement, intelligence, counterterrorism, and event and crisis management. His research interests include homeland security intelligence, cyber security, mass shootings, and climate security. John holds a B.S. in History and a M.A. in Secondary Education: Social Studies from Queens College (CUNY); a M.S. in Homeland Security from the Naval Post Graduate School, and an Ed.D. from St. John Fisher College.
Associate Editor- James Ramsay
James is a professor of security studies, founding coordinator of the Homeland Security Program, and the founding Chair of the Department of Security Studies at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Prior to UNH, he created one of the nation’s first undergraduate programs in homeland security at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, also founding the Department of Security Studies and International Affairs. He has over 20 years of experience in public health, security studies, emergency management, and occupational and environmental health. He serves as the editor in chief for the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Affairs Journal, and the Journal of Security, Intelligence and Resilience Education. He also serves on the International Association of Intelligence Educators and as the Vice President of the New Hampshire InfraGard Chapter. Books include Introduction to Homeland Security, Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook, Foundations of Environmental Security: Integrating Resilience into National Security, and Theoretical Foundations of Homeland Security: Strategies, Operations and Structures. His current text is focused on climate security.
William Anderson Cain
William Anderson Cain serves as the Homeland and National Security Affiliate Lecturer at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He supports homeland security graduate-level courses and leadership training for Colorado first responders. Andy previously served as director of the UCCS Center for Homeland Security and as the Colorado Technical University Homeland Security Practitioner-Scholar in residence. Andy has over 45 years of experience in national security, homeland security, and higher education. He serves on multiple non-profit boards and is an advisor to law enforcement executives, several universities, and USNORTHCOM staff members.
William served as a Colorado-certified Terrorism Threat Liaison Officer for both the Sheriff’s Office and UCCS. He designed homeland security first responder wargame exercises and training for both Colorado and California. His primary research interest is in cross-functional multi-organizational decision-making as a transcending touchstone for meta-leadership and intelligence application. The practical application of this research includes annual first responder executive-level leadership training via the UCCS Public Safety Initiative. Andy is Chancellor Emeritus of Colorado Technical University and holds a doctorate in homeland security management.
Tom Carey is a Specialist Professor of Homeland Security at Monmouth University. He is a retired NYPD Detective Sergeant and Sergeant Major in the New York National Guard. His professional experiences include patrol, narcotics, intelligence, and training. His research focuses on experiential learning and client-based service learning in emergency management and the development of homeland security curricula. Dr. Carey holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice, a M.S. in Criminal Justice and Security Administration from Long Island University, and an Ed.D. from St. John Fisher College. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).
Cameron “Cam” Carlson serves as Dean for the College of Business and Security Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is the founding director for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management undergraduate and graduate programs and the Center for Arctic Security and Resilience, where he now serves as the assistant director. Dr. Carlson has authored and co-authored numerous articles on the Arctic region, specifically defense and human security-related issues and homeland security and emergency management education. His research has focused on the science of teaching and learning (SoTL), online teaching, and student success. His ongoing scholarly work includes support for the recently conducted Arctic Security Forces Roundtable, an international senior-level defense forum in Fairbanks, and as the Project Lead/Principal Investigator for the Arctic Defense Security Orientation, a shared initiative between US Northern Command and Alaska Command.
Nick Catrantzos is a Stracolab pracademic. Stracolab helps good organizations get better through enhanced resilience programs. He started out as a U.S. Intelligence Officer whose wartime mission was interrogation and whose day job was collecting human intelligence for a discreet arm of public service. Catrantzos served as Security Director, Cris Manager, Consultant, and Adjunct Professor. He became an authority on insider threats, the subject of an award winning these and related textbook, Managing the Insider Threat: No Dark Corners. In 2018, he wrote the insider threat chapter for the Springer Handbook of Security Science. Catrantzos remains a licensed investigator and enjoys writing feature stories for eclectic publications.
Michael W. Collier is a retired Associate Professor of Homeland Security at Eastern Kentucky University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in homeland security policy, legal and ethical issues, terrorism, and intelligence studies. He was also a Co-Director of the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations, with a major in Security and Foreign Policy, from Florida International University. He spent 22-years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was a specialist in deep-water cutter operations and a sub-specialist in law enforcement and military intelligence.
Claire Connolly Knox
Dr. Claire Connolly Knox is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Emergency and Crisis Management Program in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. Prior to academia, she was an Interpretative Specialist with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center. Her research interests include environmental vulnerability and disaster response, coastal resilience, and scholarship of teaching and learning. She is Chair of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section for Emergency and Crisis Management, Founder and Past Chair of FEMA’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group, and Editorial Board Member for Public Administration Review. Dr. Knox is the recipient of the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association’s Gary Arnold Award for her dedication to improving Florida’s emergency management community through higher education.
Keith Cozine is an Associate Professor and Director of Homeland Security Program at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. He earned his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Ph.D. in Global Affairs; both from Rutgers University. Prior to joining St. John’s University, Dr. Cozine served with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service for nearly a decade and a half. His professional experiences include law enforcement and intelligence operations dealing directly with transnational crime, terrorism and border security. During his career he has won numerous awards including U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner’s “Anti-Terrorism Award.” He has authored numerous journal articles on experiential learning in homeland security and intelligence education, terrorism, and border security.
Tiffany Danko is a Lecturer in the graduate Security and Intelligence Programs at Northeastern University. She is the course director for the Port Security and Emergency Management concentrations, while leading the program in integrating experiential learning into the homeland security graduate programs at all stages. A Captain in the United States Coast Guard Reserve, she is currently assigned as the Senior Reserve Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff for USCG District Eight and is certified in numerous emergency management positions.
Elizabeth A. Dunn
Elizabeth A. Dunn is an Instructor at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health (COPH). She has taught courses in global disaster management, humanitarian relief, and homeland security. Elizabeth serves as a Co-Lead for the FEMA Higher Education Special Interest Group for Service-Learning and Leadership and the Public Health Track Lead for the Annual National Homeland Security Conference. Her experiences involve community-centered approaches to disaster preparedness and supporting local government response through academic-practice partnerships. She strives to identify innovative solutions to improve current practices, focusing on planning and evaluation. Her research interests include evaluating disaster management systems working primarily with vulnerable populations, community engagement, transdisciplinary collaboration, and examining how the built environment and social determinants impact at-risk neighborhoods, population movements, and resettlement (i.e., evacuation orders, IDPs/refugees, human trafficking).
Dr. Shirley Feldmann-Jensen is a global thinker and leader with policy expertise at the intersection of disaster risk management and human outcomes. Scholarly activity focus is on foundations that can advance the professionalization of the emergency services sector. Her experience is both international and domestic, spanning a range of instructional, disaster risk management, and public health settings. Dr. Feldmann-Jensen’s Doctoral degree in Policy, Planning and Development was earned from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from California State University of Long Beach, and a graduate certificate in Health Emergencies in Large Populations from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
John R. Fisher
John R. Fisher is Professor and Chair of the Emergency Services Department at Utah Valley University (UVU). Before coming to UVU, he taught at Northwest Missouri State University, Boise State, Athabasca University, and the University of Alberta. For eight years he was a public administrator in the Alberta government, working in policy analysis, public information, and legislative affairs. He has a B.A. and an M.A. from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. His principal areas of research are mass media coverage of disaster public policy and applied learning among adult learners. John was a Fulbright Scholar at the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety in Kosovo in 2018-2019.
Caroline Hackerott is an Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University. Her educational background includes Exercise Science, Nutritional Science, Higher Education Administration, and Emergency Management. She has been involved in multiple aspects of curriculum development, effective instructional delivery, course and program assessment, and university administration. She has been immersed in the scholarship and instruction of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for approximately 10 years. Due to her experience in the review, re-engineering, and assessment in EMHS undergraduate and graduate programs, she co-chaired FEMA’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Emergency Management Focus Group in 2017. She also serves as the co-chair of FEMA’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in EMHS Special Interest Group and is active in both the American Education Research Association (AERA) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Involvement with these groups provided instrumental motivation for the initiation of a research project involving project-based, collaborative instructional strategies within the undergraduate classroom, both online and on-campus. She also examines issues of access, inclusion, and equity in online learning environments. Her other areas of interest and research include the social aspects of cyber security and digital environments, building community-based adaptive capacity with an emphasis on rural communities, and disaster-induced social disruption.
Jeffrey Johnson is a Lecturer of Criminal Justice at the University of Mississippi DeSoto and is a nationally recognized gang expert. Jeffrey is a retired Kansas Highway Patrol Officer and now serves as a part-time Deputy with the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office where he serves as a training officer. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Washburn University and a Graduate Certificate of Homeland Security and a Doctorate of Professional Studies from Delta State University. His research interests include all aspects of gang intelligence and counter-gang operations and police training.
Dr. Bernard Jones is an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. He is a certified business continuity, disaster recovery, and emergency management profession with more than 20 years of experience. He earned a D. Sc. degree from NJ City University in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy, a M.S. degree from NJ Institute of Technology in Emergency Management & Business Continuity, a M.S. degree from Kean University in Management Information Systems and a B.S. degree from the University of Phoenix in Management Information Systems. Dr. Jones’ research agenda focuses on organizational resilience, homeland security, critical infrastructure protection and analysis, disaster preparedness, and emergency management.
Michael D. Larrañaga
Michael Larrañaga is President of REM Risk Consultants, a science-based risk management consulting firm. He is an appointed member of the Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee of the World Trade Center Health Program and the DHS Opioid Working Group for Field Detection of Fentanyl and Fentanyl-related Compounds. He previously served as an appointed member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and as a member of the Department of Homeland Security First Responders Group. Dr. Larrañaga was previously a consultant with Ramboll, a multi-national infrastructure and engineering firm, Professor of Fire Protection and Safety at Oklahoma State University (OSU), and Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection and Safety from OSU; master’s degrees in environmental science and homeland security studies from the University of Houston Clear Lake and the Naval Postgraduate School, respectively; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Human Factors Engineering from Texas Tech. He is co-founder of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s HSx Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security Program and founding treasurer of the School Shooting Research Foundation.
Christian Lindquist is a Lecturer at Utah Valley University where he teaches EMT, AEMT, and ESMG courses. He is a volunteer firefighter/A-EMT, Community Emergency Response Team Instructor, and serves as part of the Emergency Response Management Team and also serves as Public Information Officer for Santaquin City.
Christian spent 10 years in the private sector as an administrator and consulted various healthcare organizations in strategic planning. He was instrumental in the development of various emergency-planning documents and has served on several strategic planning committees developing and implementing strategic planning at various organizational levels. He holds a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development at Grand Canyon University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City, and a Bachelor of Science-Behavioral Science and Health degree from the University of Utah.
Brian Lockwood is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Monmouth University. He received his B.A. from the College of New Jersey and his M.A. and PhD. in Criminal Justice from Temple University. His research interests include the applications of GIS toward the study of crime and juvenile delinquency. His recent work has appeared in Justice Quarterly, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
Keith Logan is a Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University. He is a former federal law enforcement officer, having started his career as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He served with several U.S. agencies including the Agency for International Development, Department of Interior, Environmental Protection Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He was a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia, where he is presently admitted to practice law. He is also admitted to practice in numerous other courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals.
Dr. Logan is a former U.S. Army Reserve Officer, Major, Military Police Corps; while with a USAR School, he taught Nuclear-Biological-Chemical Defense Courses. He participated in curriculum development and received training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He is a consultant specializing in the investigation of Whistleblower Retaliation allegations and EEO concerns, and a former member of the Upper Uwchlan Township Emergency Management Planning Commission. His current research interest focuses on homeland security, intelligence, and whistleblower retaliation. He is an editor/author of Homeland Security and Intelligence, 2ed. (Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, ABC-CLIO, November 2017) and, with Dr. James Ramsay, An Introduction to Homeland Security (Westview Press in January 2012).
Michelle E. Majewski
Michelle E. Majewski is the President of Marian University. Michelle is the former and founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Homeland Security Education which is the predecessor of the Journal of Security, Preparedness, and Resilience Education. She earned a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology form Adler University.
Kevin McCarthy is an Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University where he coordinates and teaches in the paramedic program. He loves the challenge of sharing new information with students to help them enter into or advance within their public safety career. He comes from a military, law enforcement, Fire, and EMS background, and has had a comprehensive public safety career. He is retired from Unified Fire Authority Captain where he served as the Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for Eagle Mountain. He was instrumental in developing the EMS program; from First Responder through Ambulance Transport at the Paramedic Level. Kevin received his Master’s in Public Administration from Brigham Young University, and a B.A. in Criminal Justice, an AAS in Fire Science and an AAS in Emergency Care & Rescue.
Meghan McPherson is currently the Director of Emergency Management for Mount Sinai Queens hospital in NYC and Adjunct Professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.Prior to joining the Mount Sinai Health System, Ms. McPherson was Assistant Director of the Center for Health Innovation and taught in the Emergency Management program at Adelphi University. While there, she concentrated her work on community-based social resilience initiatives. Prior to joining Adelphi in the fall of 2011, Ms. McPherson spent four years as both the Grants Manager and the Energy Assurance Program Manager in the Governor’s Office of Energy and Planning in New Hampshire. Ms. McPherson is a seasoned emergency manager, having worked for James Lee Witt Associates in Washington, DC. While there, she was deployed multiple times to Louisiana to support the recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, Ms. McPherson served as a graduate assistant for ranking members of both the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Capitol Hill. She is credentialed as a Certified Emergency Manager, a certified National Healthcare Disaster Professional, and serves on the Inaugural Board of Advisors of the Order of the Sword and Shield. She was also honored in 2011 as one of New Hampshire’s Top 40 under 40. Ms. McPherson earned her B.A. at the University of New Hampshire in political science; a M.S. in Public Policy with a concentration in national security policy from George Washington University.
Rebecca Morgenstern Brenner
Rebecca Morgenstern Brenner, MPA, is a Senior Lecturer in the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University. She teaches courses on disaster policy, environmental policy, environmental justice, project management, design thinking, and consulting. Rebecca’s current research projects include just adaptation to flooding, equity in managed retreat, bridging policy with science, wildfire management and policy, and building disaster resilience with vulnerable communities. At Cornell, Rebecca holds additional roles as an Atkinson Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow, an Engaged Cornell Faculty Fellow, and a Maurio Einaudi Faculty Associate. In addition to her teaching and research, Rebecca has extensive experience as an environmental and socioeconomic consultant working with community organizations, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and federal, state, and local government agencies. Rebecca serves as co-lead for the FEMA Higher Education Service-Learning and Leadership Special Interest Group for FEMA.
Brian Nussbaum is an Associate Professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity. His focus is on cybersecurity and cyber threats, terrorism and terrorism analysis, homeland security, risk and intelligence analysis, and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Nussbaum previously served as Senior Intelligence Analyst with the New York State Office of Counter Terrorism, a part of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. Dr. Nussbaum received his Ph.D. and Master’s degree in political science from the University at Albany and Bachelor’s degree in political science from Binghamton University. His work has appeared in numerous books and journals including Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Global Crime, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, and the Journal of Cyber Policy.
Steve Recca directs the University and Agency Partnership Program for the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and concurrently serves as the Humanitarian Assistance Program Advisor with the Pacific Disaster Center. Steve’s previous positions include security policy assignments with the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, Department of Defense, and in academia. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Marian University and the HS/EM Program Advisory Board for the University of California – Los Angeles. Steve also is on the Review Boards for two additional peer-reviewed journals: Homeland Security Affairs and The Journal of Human Security & Resilience.
Irmak Renda-Tanali is the Program Chair of the Homeland Security Management and Emergency Management programs and Professor at the University of Maryland University College. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Dr. Tanali holds a Doctor of Science degree in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Irmak Renda-Tanali also holds a M.S. and a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and a M.B.A. Dr. Tanali is a recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Awards.
Eric J. Russell is an Associate Professor with Utah Valley University’s Department of Emergency Services. His writings and research involve the influence of homeland security education on responders as well as the impact of servant leadership on organizations and individuals. He is the author of more than 60 peer reviewed and trade publications as well as two books: The Desire to Serve: Servant Leadership for the Fire and Emergency Services (Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership) and In Command of Guardians: Executive Servant Leadership for the Community of Responders (Springer). In addition, Eric speaks nationally on the subjects of servant leadership and homeland security education. Dr. Russell retired as a Captain from the Department of Defense/USAF Fire and Emergency Services with combined active duty military and DoD service. Dr. Russell’s education consists of a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership-Grand Canyon University & a Master of Science in Executive Fire Science Leadership-Grand Canyon University. In addition, Dr. Russell is also a Certified Homeland Protection Professional from the National Sheriff’s Association and the Global Society of Homeland and National Security Professionals.
Jamie L. Russell is an Assistant Professor with Utah Valley University’s Department of Nursing. She has accumulated over two decades of nursing experience in various areas of patient care including medical, surgical, and cardiovascular specialty. In addition to her bedside experience, she has accumulated years of leadership experience and knowledge by serving as both a clinical nurse educator and nurse manager. Jamie’s education consists of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Western Governors University. Besides being faculty at UVU, Jamie is a full-time doctoral student at the University of Utah where she is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice.
George M. Schwartz
George Schwartz is the Program Director of Immaculata University’s Resilience & Preparedness Program. He is a retired Army National Guard Brigadier General where he commanded troops and directed operations in Europe, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, and managed National Guard emergency response efforts during several natural disasters. He has instructed courses in emergency management and human resources and organizational change and has written and presented on such subjects as crisis leadership, cybersecurity, and training management.
George also has an extensive experience in the design, development, and delivery of training courses in leadership. He holds a Doctor of Education from Immaculata University, a M.S. of Security Studies from the US Army War College, a M.S. in Human Resource Development from Villanova University, and a B.A in Political Science from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania as well as Certifications from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in National and International Security, FEMA’s National Emergency Management Executive Academy, the National Defense University General & Flag Officer Course, and US Northern Command, Dual Status Commander.
Dr. Brooke Shannon is an Associate Professor of Intelligence and Security at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) – Prescott. She teaches courses in intelligence analysis, terrorism, African studies, and global security. She was previously an analyst at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center while serving in the United States Air Force. She has a Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri, an M.A. in International and Comparative Politics from Wright State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia College. Her research interests include information practices, intelligence education, and epistemology.
David Strachan-Morris is a Lecturer in Intelligence and Security in the School of History, Politics, and International Relations at the University of Leicester in the UK. He is the Programme Director for the MA in Intelligence and Security as well as Deputy Programme Director for Distance Learning. Before becoming an academic, Dr. Strachan-Morris served in the West Midlands Police Force and in the Intelligence Corps of the British Army as well as working in the private sector in an intelligence capacity. His intelligence research and publications focus on intelligence failure, strategic intelligence, and intelligence education. Dr. Strachan-Morris holds a BA (Hons) in War Studies and a Ph.D. from the University of Wolverhampton. He is a Senior Fellow of the UK’s Higher Education Academy.
Kelly Sundberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. He also holds adjunct and visiting scholar positions at the University of Calgary (Canada), University of Adelaide (Australia), and University of East London (United Kingdom). His applied research focuses on crime prevention and criminal justice reform, building on his over 15-years serving as an investigator, immigration and border security officer, and policy advisor with the Government of Canada. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Victoria (Canada), M.A. in Public Safety Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University (Canada), and Ph.D. in Political and Social Inquiry with a specialization in Criminology from Monash University (Australia).
Michael Wallace is a senior professor of practice and Director of the Emergency and Security Studies program at Tulane University School of Professional Advancement. He is a retired military intelligence officer with 20 years of active service. His military assignments included Naval Special Warfare, Defense Human Intelligence, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Office of Naval Intelligence. Post military, he worked as a senior intelligence analyst in the Joint Chiefs of Staff Intelligence Directorate. Dr. Wallace has experience in counter-terrorism, counter-proliferation, special warfare, and intelligence collection and analysis. He holds an MLA from Tulane University, an MMAS in Military History from the US Army Command and General Staff College, a Doctorate in Education from the University of Alabama, and a certificate of completion for the General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Program, at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.