Security Studies & International Affairs Research Projects

Dr. Stephen Craft

Dr. Craft’s research interests revolve around U.S.-Chinese relations, U.S. military history and American aviation history.  He is the author of V.K. Wellington Koo and the Emergence of Modern China (2004), Embry-Riddle at War: Aviation Training During World War II (2009) and American Justice on Trial: The 1957 Riots and Cold War Foreign Policy (2016). 


Dr. Daniel Cutrer

Dr. Cutrer conducted his doctoral research on the subject of developing an undergraduate homeland security (HS) curriculum using the Delphi technique to gain consensus among a panel of subject matter experts regarding the core academic areas and outcome-based, student learning objectives that should be included in an HS degree program.  His dissertation may be found in the ProQuest, UMI Dissertations Database, # 3533658

Dr. Gary Kessler

Dr. Kessler's research interests are related to cybersecurity education and curriculum, the practice of digital forensics and information security, cyberterrorism, and aviation and maritime cybersecurity management. He is a well-known expert in the field of mobile device forensics, where he is also a practitioner, author, and expert witness. Recent publications and industry presentations relate to cybersecurity education in the context of Homeland Security, lone operator cyberterrorism, the science of digital forensics, aviation cybersecurity, and maritime cybersecurity.


Dr. William Lahneman

Dr. Lahneman’s research interests include intelligence and homeland security, military intervention and nation building, and international relations theory. Recent publications include The Art of Intelligence (with Ruben Arcos ) (2014); From Mediation to Nation-Building (with Joseph Rudolph) (2013) and Keeping U.S. Intelligence Effective: The Need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs (2011).

Dr. Diane L. Maye

Dr. Maye is an assistant professor of Security Studies and International Affairs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an affiliated scholar at George Mason University, and a Senior Editor at The Strategy Bridge. She previously taught at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. She teaches undergraduate courses in International Relations, Middle Eastern Affairs, Homeland Security, and Terrorism Studies and does research on issues that involve security and governance in the Middle East, U.S. defense policy, and national security strategy. She is currently working on a book detailing Iraqi politics after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Prior to her work in academia, Diane served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and worked in the defense industry. She is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and George Mason University. 


Dr. Elisabeth Hope Murray

Dr. Elisabeth Hope Murray is an Assistant Professor of Security Studies and International Affairs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. She has held previous research posts at the University of Hamburg in Germany and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she received her Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations. With a background in Genocide Studies, Dr. Murray’s work looks at the interchange between genocide, climate change, and famine; she also has interests in ideas of otherness, the process of ideological radicalization, gender violence, and nationalism studies. Her recent publications include Disrupting Pathways to Genocide: The Process of Ideological Radicalization and The Anti-Nation: Re-evaluating Otherness in Genocidal States. A long-time member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars, she has been on the Executive Board since 2012 and is honored to have been the first female to hold such a post. She has recently presented at conferences and workshops in South Africa and across Europe.

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