Review Board

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. 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 EdD. from St. John Fisher College.

Associate Editor- James Ramsay

 James Ramsay is a professor of security studies, coordinator of the Homeland Security program, and 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. He has over 20 years’ experience in public health, emergency management, occupational safety, environmental health and security studies.

A Professional Member of American Society of Safety Professionals, 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 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 serves as the inaugural Vice President for the Council of Academic Affairs and Research in the ASSP in which he has also chaired the Education Standards Committee for the past 12 years. In addition, he currently serves as the Education Standards Committees for the International Society for Preparedness, Resilience and Security of which he is a co-founder and President.

Dr. Ramsay has advised several University programs and was a Director for 6 years on the ABET, Inc. Board of Directors. He also is on the editorial review boards for Homeland Security Affairs journal and the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He co-founded and serves on the editorial and advisory boards for both the International Journal for Security, Preparedness and Resilience Education and the Journal of Human Security and Resilience.

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. 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. Books include “Introduction to Homeland Security” and “Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook”.

Review Board

Andy Cain

Andy Cain is Chancellor Emeritus of Colorado Technical University. He currently serves as a Homeland and National Security Affiliate Lecturer at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. A self-styled practitioner-scholar, he has over 40 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. His U.S. Navy career took him to over twelve countries and a three-year tour flying with the Royal Navy. A retired U.S. Navy captain and business owner, his research interest is in cross-functional meta-level decision-making as a transcending touchstone for organizational commitment. Andy has served on the Review Board of three peer reviewed journals.

 

Colonel Muhaedin Bela 

Colonel Muhaedin Bela is the State Advisor for Policy and Planning in Ministry of Defense of Republic of North Macedonia. He is also a clinical teacher at FON University and International Balkan University Skopje. He is a member of Utah Valley University Advisory Board of the Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security. Bela served as the Liaison Officer for the Republic of North Macedonia in USCENTCOM 2004-2005. He was decorated with Silver badge by Red Cross of Republic of North Macedonia.

 

Cameron Carlson

 Cam Carlson serves as the Program Director for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also serves as the founding director for the Center for the Study of Security, Cyber, Hazards, Response, and Preparedness, coordinating ongoing academic and research activities. Ongoing collaborative initiatives include work with U.S. Northern Command, Alaskan Command, and the Center for the Study of Civil-Military Operations at the U.S. Military Academy. Cam’s research interests include, homeland security and emergency management education, arctic and climate security, human security, mass killing events, civil-military cooperation and homeland defense and security.

 

Michael Collier

 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

Claire Connolly Knox is an Associate Professor and the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director 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, Chair of FEMA’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group, and Associate Editor of Emergency Management 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

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. 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

 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.

 

 Shirley Feldmann-Jensen

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 an associate professor and coordinator of the Emergency Management and Disaster Assistance at Utah Valley University.  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 BA and an MA from Brigham Young University and a PhD from the University of Alberta. His principal areas of research are mass media coverage of disaster public policy and applied learning among adult learners.

 

Caroline Hackerott

Caroline Hackerott is an Associate Professor at Arkansas Tech University. Her educational background includes degrees in Exercise Science, Nutritional Science, Higher Education Administration, and Emergency Management. She has been actively 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 8 years. Due to her experience in the review, re-engineering, and assessment in the Arkansas Tech University graduate EMHS program, she co-chaired FEMA’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Emergency Management Focus Group in 2017. Involvement with this group 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. Her other areas of interest and research include the social aspects of cyber security and digital environments, building community-based adaptive capacity, disaster-induced social disruption, and long-term recovery.

Bernard Jones

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 the Vice President of Insight Risk LLC, a science-based risk management consulting firm. He has served as an appointed member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the CDC’s 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, and Professor of Fire Protection and Safety at Oklahoma State University. 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 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

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 serve as part of the Emergency Response Management Team and also serve 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 have 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

 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 Ph.D. 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

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 former Dean of the School of Criminal Justice and Professor of Psychology at Marian University where she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor. Michelle is the former and founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Security, Preparedness, and Resilience Education. She earned a PsyD. In Clinical Psychology form Adler University.

 

Kevin McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy is and 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 comprehensive public safety career. He is a 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 BA in Criminal Justice, an AAS in Fire Science and an AAS in Emergency Care & Rescue.

 

Meghan McPherson 

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. Mr. 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.

 

Nadav Morag

 Nadav Morag is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Security Studies at Sam Houston State University. He also serves on the faculty of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California where he teaches senior homeland security officials. Dr. Morag previously served as Senior Director for Domestic Policy and subsequently as Senior Director for Foreign Policy, at Israel’s National Security Council, Prime Minister’s Office, where he advised the Prime Minister on national security matters. He is the author of Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons, 2nd Edition (Wiley and Sons, 2018).

 

Bela Muhaedin

Bela Muhaedin is the State Advisor for Policy and Planning in Ministry of Defense of Republic of Macedonia. He is also a clinical teacher at FON University and a former Faculty member of the Institute for Security, Defence and Peace at the University of Skopje. He is a member of Utah Valley University Advisory Board of the Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security. Bela served as the Liaison Officer for the Republic of Macedonia in USCENTCOM 2004-2005. He is a recipient of the Red Cross of the Republic of Macedonia Red Cross.

 

Brian Nussbaum

Brian Nussbaum is an assistant 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.  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. 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.

 

Vesna Pavicic

Dr. Vesna Pavicic was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she spent 13 years working on the complex analytical and study tasks that are under the jurisdiction of the Department for International Cooperation and European Integration. Also, the position required daily-basis cooperation and coordination with international organizations in relation to establishment of peace and law enforcement agencies and engagement on monitoring and implementation of international projects and obligations. The work within the Ministry of Security gave her an amazing experience related to peacekeeping operations and at the moment she is depyloed to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

She earned her doctorate at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo.
Dr. Vesna Pavicic is a guest lecturer in George Marshall Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, guest instructor in PSOTC in Sarajevo and a member of numerous working groups within different projects, both in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad.

 

Steve Recca

Steve Recca directs the University and Agency Partnership Initiative 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.

 

Eric Russell

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 Russell

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 fulltime doctoral student at the University of Utah where she is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice.

 

Irmak Renda-Tanali

 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.

 

George M. Schwartz

George Schwarz 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, cyber security, 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.

 

Kelly Sundberg

Kelly Sundberg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His applied research primarily focuses on how functional, informed, and desired design can effectively contribute to enhanced physical security –– seeking to increase security across the human, technological, and physical landscapes. Kelly also builds on his over 15-years as a federal investigator with the Government of Canada through his scholarship specific to border and national security. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Victoria, Master of Arts in Public Safety Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University, and Doctor of Philosophy in Political and Social Inquiry from Monash University. 

 

Michael Wallace

Michael Wallace is a retired military intelligence officer with 20 years 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 counterterrorism, counter-proliferation, special warfare and intelligence collection and analysis. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds a MLA from Tulane University, a MMAS in Military History from the US Army Command and General Staff College and a doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Alabama.