The online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security (MSCTHS) program is led by American University’s respected on-campus faculty and instructors. Our scholars are leading national voices in topic areas such as national security law, counter-terrorism, and the causes of political violence. Their expertise ensures that you will receive a quality online learning experience that offers practical, real-world knowledge reflecting the latest thinking on essential counter-terrorism and homeland security issues.

Joseph K. Young

Joseph K. Young

Professor, Chair

Joseph K. Young is a professor at American University with a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs and the School of International Service...

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Jennifer Gumbrewicz

Jennifer Gumbrewicz

Program Director

Jennifer Gumbrewicz is a successful attorney, experienced professor, and proven leader with a long career in legal practice, research, and communications...

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Andrea Artero

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Andrea Artero is a law enforcement professional and an Adjunct Faculty member teaching the Intelligence Analysis class for the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology at the American University in Washington DC.

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Tricia Bacon

Tricia Bacon

Assistant Professor

Tricia Bacon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs. She is the author of Why Terrorist Organizations Form International Alliances published with University of Pennsylvania Press in May 2018.

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Brad Bartholomew

Brad Bartholomew

Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Bartholomew received his doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in 2012. His research focuses on issues related to the causes and consequences of terrorism and the impacts of state and local counterterrorism policy.

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Blake Cook

Blake Cook

Adjunct Instructor

Blake Cook is an educator, career public servant, and federal agent focused on national security and transnational threats.

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Suat Cubukcu

Suat Cubukcu

Professorial Lecturer

Suat Cubukcu, Ph.D., is a Professorial Lecturer in Justice, Law, and Criminology Department at American University, specializing in the area of terrorism and methodological issues in terrorism research.

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Claire Griggs

Claire Griggs

Professorial Lecturer

Claire Griggs is a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology in the School of Public Affairs. Professor Griggs serves as the Director of the Politics, Policy and Law (PPL) Scholars Program.

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Kelli Andrews

Adjunct Professional Lecturer

Professor Andrews has held numerous positions within the government handling national security legal and policy issues. 

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Ajay Bhatt

Adjunct Professional Lecturer

Ajay Bhatt is a senior attorney with the Human Rights Violator Law Division, part of the Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to this current position, Ajay served at the U.S. Department of State, where he served with the Office of Inspector General and in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

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Charlena Edge

Adjunct Instructor

Charlena Edge is a career counterintelligence and security officer with 28 years in the Intelligence Community.

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Whitney Grespin

Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Whitney Grespin is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology at American University.  She has worked in contingency contracting, educational programming, and international development on five continents.  

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John Holland-McCowan

Part-Time Instruction

John Holland-McCowan serves as an Adjunct Professor at American University and is completing his PhD in War Studies at King's College London. His doctoral dissertation analyzes the Syrian Kurds and their partnership with the U.S.-led coalition during their campaign against ISIS from 2014-2019. 

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Trace Lasley

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Trace Lasley is a Professor of Practice in the School of Public Affairs, Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology at American University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky.

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Dan Mori

Part-Time Instruction-Noddle

Dan completed a 29-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps.  While on active duty, he served in a variety of roles, Prosecutor, Defense Counsel, Staff Judge Advocate, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Executive Officer; finally retiring in 2012 as the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judge for Hawaii.

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Heather Morris

Part-Time Instruction

Heather Morris is an active duty (Department of the Air Force) investigative and operational psychologist. She works for the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and is stationed in Quantico, VA. 

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Edwin Perry

Adjunct Professional Lecturer

Edwin Perry has been teaching graduate/law students for 14 years.

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Jason Warner

Part-Time Instruction

Dr. Jason Warner is an Adjunct Professor at American University's School of Public Affairs. In a full-time capacity, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) where he also serves as the director of Africa research in the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC).

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Adam Wunische

Adjunct Instructor

Adam Wunische is a teacher, researcher, and analyst who is focused on military strategy, terrorism, and Afghanistan. Adam has also worked on projects that cover U.S. foreign policy, national security, military interventions and strategy, armed statebuilding operations (nation-building), and civil-military relations.

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David Malet

David Malet

Assistant Professor

David Malet teaches at the School of Public Affairs at American University. Previously he served as Director of the Security Policy Studies Program at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

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Chardon Murray

Adjunct Instructor

Ms. Murray is a criminologist specializing in terrorism and violent extremism in the U.S., ~16 years experience. I have experience in academia, as well as working as a legislative assistant in state government. I currently teach full-time in sociology dept at CFCC, and also teach graduate-level courses in terrorism studies at UNCW in their Conflict Management and Resolution program, and in the MS Counterterrorism and Homeland Security program at American University.

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Sasha O'Connell

Sasha O’Connell

Professorial Lecturer

Sasha Cohen O’Connell, PhD is a Professorial Lecturer & Executive in Residence in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, School of Public Affairs, American University where she currently teaches cyber policy at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

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Jane Palmer

Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Jane Palmer is the faculty director of the Community-Based Research Scholars program. In this role, she oversees a selective, living-learning community of first year students who learn how to conduct community-based research in collaboration with a local non-profit organization in DC.

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Richard L. Russell

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

Richard L. Russell is Adjunct Professional Lecturer at the American University’s School of Public Affairs where he teaches a seminar on terrorism and American national security policy. Russell started his career in national security as a political-military analyst on the Middle East for the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Rhea Siers

Adjunct Instructor

Ms. Rhea Siers combines her operational, legal and policy experience from thirty years in the US Intelligence Community to bring a multifaceted approach to cybersecurity and national security issues.

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To learn more about American University’s online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security taught by leaders in the field, call 855.725.7614 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.