Online Programs

Online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security Faculty

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 GumbrewiczJennifer Gumbrewicz
Program Director

Jennifer Gumbrewicz is a successful attorney, experienced professor, and proven leader with a long career in legal practice, research, and communications. Professor Gumbrewicz has represented Fortune 500 corporations as a civil litigator in cases and investigations in areas including construction, antitrust, health care, intellectual property, and insurance. Since 2001, she has lectured and designed in-class and online courses at AU on facets of the American and international legal and political systems. Her areas of focus include national security law, First Amendment and privacy concerns, and criminal law and procedure. She has also served the U.S. Senate in several capacities. For the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, she worked on the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act. For the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, she helped draft a report on U. S. programs in response to drug trafficking across the Southwest Border.

Professor Gumbrewicz holds an LLM in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law from George Washington University, a JD from American University’s Washington College of Law, and a BA in Law and Society and Philosophy from American University’s School of Public Affairs and College of Arts and Sciences.




Joseph K. YoungJoseph K. Young
Associate Professor, Chair

Joseph K. Young is an associate professor at American University with a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs and the School of International Service. His research seeks to understand the cross-national causes and consequences of political violence. Young has published numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies. He is also a contributor and editor for the blog, PoliticalViolence@aGlance. Some of his research is supported by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism START, where he is an investigator and research affiliate.

Young earned his PhD in Political Science from Florida State University, an MA in Political Science and International Relations from Ohio University, and a BA in Economics and International Relations from Stetson University.