James Ramsay

Office: Business, Politics, & Security Studies, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH 03101
James Ramsey

Dr Ramsay is a Professor of Security Studies, Coordinator of the Homeland Security Program and Chair, Department of Business, Politics and Security Studies.

Professor Ramsay is the founding Chair of the Department of Business, Politics and 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. Professor Ramsay has over 20 years’ experience in public health, emergency management, occupational safety, environmental health and security studies. 


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin
  • B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

  • 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: Independent Study in HLS
  • HLS 650: Intelligence Systems
  • HLS 695: IS/Exercise Design &Evaluation
  • 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. (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., O'Sullivan, T., Kiltz, L., Negron-Gonzalez, M., . . . Frohlich, C. (2018). Environments Of Security: Theoretical Foundations, Approaches, And Implications Of Human Security In Environmental Change. 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., & 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., & 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. D., & Kessler, G. (2013). Paradigms for Cybersecurity Education in a Homeland Security Program. Journal of Homeland Security Education, 2.