This study identified and analyzed the utilization of theory in college homeland security curricula in the United States. Faculty and program directors with diverse academic and professional backgrounds actively teach theory from multiple fields and disciplines to help prepare students for the field, address homeland security problems, and to grow and mature the field. The most prevalent theories which are taught as part of college homeland security curricula constellate around leadership, risk management, security, social identity, and terrorism themes. Homeland security, however, lacks a grand theory or overarching framework. Essentially, homeland security is an eclectic discipline or field of study that seeks to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risks to the Nation.


John Comiskey

Dr. John Comiskey is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in homeland security, intelligence, terrorism, and criminal justice. Dr. Comiskey is a retired New York City Police 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. Dr. Comiskey holds a Bachelor of Science in History from Queens College (CUNY); a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, Social Studies from Queens College (CUNY); a Master of Science in Homeland Security from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Doctor of Education from St. John Fisher College. Dr. Comiskey’s research interests include homeland security intelligence, developing homeland security curricula and training, and the nexus of crime and terrorism.

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Theory for Homeland Security

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Comiskey, J. (2018). Theory for homeland security. Journal of Homeland Security Education, 7, 29-45, https://jsire.org/theory-for-homeland-security