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Doctoral Leadership

Mark Riccardi

Mark Riccardi, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Security & Global Studies

Dr. Mark Riccardi joined the university in 2011 and has held a series of progressively advancing positions starting with faculty member in the Intelligence Studies program, faculty director for the School of Security and Global Studies, program director for the Homeland Security programs, and in late 2014, assuming the responsibilities as dean of the School of Security and Global Studies.

Dr. Riccardi has presented at conferences around the world on topics that include Social Media use During Disaster Operations, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Emergency Response Operations. He retired from the United States Army after 21 years of active service spent in intelligence, military support to civilian authorities, and special operations. Dr. Riccardi holds a B.A. in English from the College of Staten Island – City University of New York, a Master of Education from Colorado State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from Boston University, a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, and a Ph.D. in Education from Colorado State University.

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Jennifer Douglas

Jennifer Douglas, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Jennifer Douglas joined APUS in 2015 as an associate dean in the School of Graduate Studies, and was promoted to dean of the school in August of 2017. She has been instrumental in the creation of the school’s first doctoral level programs, and has created new academic support resources for graduate students to advance persistence and retention efforts at the graduate level.

Dr. Douglas has served in graduate education leadership roles since 2009 at West Virginia University, where she expanded opportunities for student success, such as professional development programming, curricular innovation, and faculty development. She engages in the national conversation and literature around graduate education, and she seeks new ways to keep APUS at the forefront for high quality, affordable education for adult learners.

Dr. Douglas earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester and continues to pursue scholarship opportunities around 20th century drama.

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Lori Woeste

Lori Woeste, Ed.D.
Director of Doctoral Programs

Dr. Lori Woeste brings over 20 years of leadership in both the academic and medical communities to AMU. Dr. Woeste served as assistant administrator for the University of Iowa Community Medical Services, as Dean of Math and Science at Kirkwood Community College, and as Assistant Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and Associate Professor at Illinois State University.

While at Illinois State, Dr. Woeste served on the executive committee for the development and implementation of a leadership cohort series, and provided leadership for the teaching, curriculum, technology, and strategic planning committees. As an associate professor, she garnered awards for her teaching, research, and service. Dr. Woeste has published in various journals and her research interests include leadership, curricular innovations, and women in science and technology. Dr. Woeste has served on journal review boards, and as a site and paper reviewer for the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Dr. Woeste holds her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and her master's in Health from Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and a B.A. in Biology from Luther College in Deborah, IA.

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James Hess

James Hess
Director, Doctoral Research Experiences

Dr. James H. Hess received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, where he studied improving analytical methodologies in counterinsurgency and counterterrorism environments.

Prior to joining the faculty at  AMU, he served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer and was an instructor at the United States Military Academy. His research interests are in the areas of terrorism, Islamic jurisprudence, and analytical methodologies.

He has published works in the Journal of Global Security and Intelligence Studies, the American Intelligence Journal, the Journal of Strategic Studies, and is a contributor to the AMU-VACCINE Webinar Series and the In Homeland Security blog.
He is currently studying the relationship between Islamic jurisprudence and terrorism as an International Relations Research Fellow with the University of Arizona’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

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Katherine Brannum

Katherine Brannum, Ph.D.
Program Director, International Relations, Conflict Resolution, Middle Eastern Studies

Dr. Katherine (Kate) Brannum has been teaching at the university level for 25 years and online for 17 years. She was twice awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for the School of Security and Global Studies. Dr Brannum received her Ph.D. in Political Science with concentrations in international relations, comparative politics and public administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Dr. Brannum's research focus is on conflict resolution and human security. Her recent projects have included a study of the relationship between fear, (in) security and political power in two different contexts. The results of these studies were two book chapters: “Fear as Currency in Political Actions: Vaccines, Hope and Despair” co-written with Joseph Campos II; and, “Choices of Lesser Importance? Conflicting Values Shaping Perceptions of Community Security & Women’s Health Security.” She also co-authored an article entitled “Game of Norms: Panama, the International Community and Human Rights” with Michelle Watts and Kimberly Daniels Ruff. 

Dr. Brannum is currently involved in two new projects. One is a critical theoretical exploration of the ideas of “peace” and its development in the face of the forces of globalization that have subjected the national security state to global interpenetration and intermeshing of political, social, economic, and military forces that strain the practices of statecraft. The second project is a study of the way smaller groups seek to constrain the authority of states. She is a member of the International Studies Association, the American Political Studies Association, and Women in International Security, and is on the board of the Center on Transnational Crime and Political Conflict.

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John Dolan

John Dolan, Ph.D.
Program Director, Military Studies, National Security Studies, Security Management

Dr. John Dolan focuses his teaching in the field of intelligence studies, counterintelligence, terrorism studies, special operations, and national security. He has an MS in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and both a Masters and PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies-Higher Education from Colorado State University.

His extensive military background includes serving as Director of Manpower and Personnel at the Joint Forces Headquarters for the Colorado National Guard, Commander of the Special Operations Detachment (Korea), Commander of the 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and numerous other assignments in the Special Forces and Special Operations Community. As part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dolan was the senior active duty officer responsible for training and developing a Special Forces Battalion, and deploying two Special Forces elements to Afghanistan where he ran the Kabul Military Academy during the initial formation of the Afghan National Army. He was also the acting forward operating base director for the compound comprised of 300 US service personnel, 3,500 Afghan soldiers, 80 French Marines, 20 UK service members, 10 Korean physicians and support personnel.

Dr. Dolan’s research focus includes irregular warfare, emerging themes in hybrid warfare, and host nation militias in conflict. His recent research is on counterinsurgency operations in occupied Europe during WWII. He recently presented at the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) Conference on hybrid warfare on “German Occupied Yugoslavia: Lessons from the Past that are Present Today.”

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Kelli Frakes

Kelli Frakes, Ph.D.
Program Director, Homeland Security

Dr. Kelli Frakes has been working in academia either in research or teaching since 2000. She began her professional research career as a study director at the University of Kentucky, Center on Drug & Alcohol Research, supervising a $2.2 million grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Dr. Frakes worked for the Justice & Safety Center at Eastern Kentucky University as a research project manager and a senior research associate conducting nationwide research funded by the Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Justice, and ASIS International. She has supervised the development of methodologies, data collection, and analysis for over 20 research projects including: cyber security; leveraging technology in public/private partnerships; digital evidence; emerging trends in security; impact of terrorism on state and local law enforcement; and, the assessment of technology in security applications. Her current research interests are focused on intelligence-led policing and cyber security policy, and she currently is working on a study funded by the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence.

Prior to academia, Dr. Frakes was in law enforcement, attaining the rank of sergeant at the age of 24. She earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration and a MPA from Walden University. She completed doctoral work in Organizational Communication at the University of Kentucky and she also has an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Cyber Security Studies.”

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Nicole Drumhiller

Nicole Drumhiller
Program Director, Intelligence Programs

Dr. Nicole Drumhiller chairs the Intelligence Studies Industry Advisory Committee (IAC), serves as the president of the Center on Transnational Crime and Political Conflict, and is an editorial board member for the peer-reviewed Journal of Global Security and Intelligence Studies. She is also a certified threat manager with the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.

A published author, her works focus on group behavior, political leadership, intelligence, and international relations. She has published within peer-reviewed journals such as the American Intelligence Journal, and Peace & Change. Dr. Drumhiller published a book chapter within National Security in the Era of Cyber Espionage and Counterintelligence, and regularly publishes within the In Public Safety blog.
Dr. Drumhiller has presented her work at the International Society of Political Psychology, International Studies Association, and the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association. In 2017 she presented her work on “Radical Animal Rights Extremism: Assessing the Nature of the Threat” in Austin, TX at the Southwestern Social Science Association. In August 2017, she will present on “Using Geospatial Technology to Diffuse Conflict in Geographically Challenged Areas” alongside Liam O’Brien, an Intelligence Studies Department full-time faculty member at James Madison University .
As a previous instructor at Washington State University, Dr. Drumhiller taught courses in international relations, comparative politics, security studies, civil liberties, American public policy, and gender and politics.

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