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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 APU. 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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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, Ph.D.
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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Elise Carlson-Rainer

Elise Carlson-Rainer
Doctoral Faculty Member

Dr. Elise Carlson-Rainer has worked with the World Food Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State. At State, Dr. Carlson-Rainer worked to shape U.S. human rights policy in North Africa and Gulf countries, drafted the annual human rights reports, and manageed human rights programs in the Middle East region. 

After 10 years in diplomacy, Carlson-Rainer wrote her Ph.D. dissertation regarding LGBTI rights in U.S. and Swedish foreign policy. Dr. Carlson-Rainier was a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington D.C., and a Fulbright Fellow in Stockholm, Sweden. She earned her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Washington, her master's in International Relations from Uppsala University, and a double bachelor's in Politics And Media Studies from Pitzer College.

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Matthew Crosston

Matthew Crosston, Ph.D
Doctoral Faculty Member

Dr. Matthew Crosston is Vice Chairman at ModernDiplomacy.eu and Editor-in-Chief of the Global South policy initiative, the Journal of Rising Powers. He is Senior Research Fellow for the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel; Senior Advisor for the Research Institute for European and American Studies in Athens, Greece; Senior Fellow at the China Eurasia Council for Political and Strategic Research in Nanjing, China; and was the first American invited to conduct a political analysis blog for the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow, Russia.

Dr. Crosston won the Kotouc Family All-Faculty Research Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in 2015 and was named the Outstanding Instructor by the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE) in 2013, while also receiving the Commander’s Coin for Integrity, Service, and Excellence from the 97th Intelligence Squadron for facilitating foreign language study for airmen at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha. He has a Ph.D. from Brown University and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He earned his master's from the University of London and his bachelor's from Colgate University.  

Dr. Crosston works have been translated into Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Hebrew, Spanish, Turkish, Farsi, Greek, and Uzbek. He has published top-tier research that has impacted real world decision-making in the U.S. and beyond. His established work in cyber (seven major pieces published in the previous six years) are required readings at U.S. Cybercom, and his concept of "active cyber defense" has gained legitimacy not only within the U.S. intelligence community, but has been openly supported by Israel’s Mossad. In addition, his piece "Soft Spying" (industrial/economic espionage) is required reading at the U.S. Army War College and often cited by numerous Fortune 500 companies.

He has published over 100 analytical editorials and commissioned opinion pieces that represent the full spectrum of global security and leadership in the 21st century. In 2017, his piece "Virtual Patriots and a New American Cyber Strategy: Breaking the Zero-Sum Game" (2012), was selected for inclusion in the special 10th anniversary commemorative issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly, and his analytical commentary "The Grand Cyber Spy Game: Russia, America, and China Stealing the World One Byte at a Time" was voted the #1 story on Modern Diplomacy for all of 2016.

Dr. Crosston has been interviewed by media organizations across Europe, Asia, the Post-Soviet space, and the Middle East. In the past few years he has been invited to speak at such diverse venues as the U.S. Department of State, the Defense Intelligence Agency, Oxford University, University College London, STRATCOM, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has maintained a Global Top 0.1% ranking for the last 30 consecutive months in over two dozen sub-fields on Academia.edu, and his works have been downloaded by over 5,000 institutions in over 180 countries, accumulating nearly a quarter of a million overall views and nearly 3,000 followers.

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Melissa Schnyder

Melissa Schnyder, Ph.D.
Doctoral Faculty Member

Dr. Melissa Schnyder has more than 10 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, including more than five years of online teaching experience. Her background includes six years of consulting in the private sector on quantitative research; large-scale, international survey design and implementation; and statistics. She has also created and organized several international academic programs for students.

Dr. Schnyder is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of European politics, immigration and asylum policies, and civil society political participation. She has held visiting faculty and researcher positions at the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University of Brussels), and the German Marshall Fund of the United States Transatlantic Center in Brussels, Belgium. 

In addition to teaching, Dr. Schnyder is a registered consultant with the United Nations in the Political Affairs, Humanitarian Affairs, and Statistics division. She is a contributor to the blog In Homeland Security, and has participated in transatlantic symposia on the subject matter of immigration and asylum. Her research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Contemporary European Research, Journal of European Integration, Social Movement Studies, Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, as well as a book published by Roman and Littlefield International Press. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Common Market Studies and Global Security and Intelligence Studies. Dr. Schnyder earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University in Bloomington.

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