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.

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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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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Andrea Artero

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 a career public servant and federal law enforcement officer, having worked in national security positions at the Department of Defense, the State Department, and Department of Homeland Security.

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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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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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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

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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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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