The College of Security and Intelligence's No. 1 priority is undergraduate teaching. However, we also expect our faculty to contribute new knowledge to their profession, expose students to discovery, and participate in scholarly activity.
The College's research mission is closely tied to its responsibility to provide education to future students in the classroom while contributing to the research environment. Multiple research efforts are under way and changing daily.
As a South Asia specialist, Dr. Phil Jones’s research interests are centered on Pakistan and its surrounding states. His publications cover Pakistan’s domestic politics, foreign, and security relations with India, Afghanistan, and China. With reference to the Soviet-Afghan War, he was written extensively on Afghanistan’s history, politics, and society, plus detailed gazetteers on Pakistan’s provinces. Dr. Jones’s current interests include the Kashmir dispute and Islamic movements in contemporary southwest Asia. His most recent paper was “Insurgency and Revolution: Pakistan’s Crisis of State (Hummel and Wolfel, eds.) and “Understanding Pakistan through Human and Environmental Systems” (Carlisle: Center for Strategic Leadership, USAWC, 2011). Dr. Jones is also author of The Pakistan People’s Party: Rise to Power (Oxford University Press, 2003). As time way from administrative duties permits, Dr. Jones continues research on a politico-military study of contemporary Pakistan.
Dr. Richard Bloom has worked for the United States Government as an intelligence operations manager; intelligence analyst; planner for psychological operations, special plans, and politico-military affairs; and military clinical psychologist. He is a former President of the Military Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association; Fellow of the Society of Air Force Clinical Psychologists, Society of Personality Assessment, and Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society; former Chair of the Aviation Security and Emergency Management Committee, Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences; Contributing Editor for the American Psychological Association's PsycCRITIQUES; former Appointee of the Governor of Arizona's Homeland Security Coordinating Council; Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology; and Member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He carries out and reviews applied research, carries out policy analysis, and provides consultation services on aviation intelligence and security systems; aviation security threat, vulnerability, and risk assessment; terrorism, antiterrorism, and counterterrorism; intelligence collection and analysis, covert action, and counterintelligence; personnel security; profiling; and the psychology of information warfare. He also works on critical theory with applications for the philosophy of science; hermeneutics; psychological assessment; and historical, biographical, and autobiographical narrative.
Dr. Murray F. Henner’s general research interests include international law and intelligence legal issues. Dr. Henner is interested in revisionism and Holocaust history, modifying legislation in various sovereign states, and exploring new paradigms in ethics and intelligence law. He has published 11 books and more than 60 publications, including in the Journal of Education and Technology, the Journal of Education, the International Journal of Learning, the International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, various law reviews, and at legal, security, and intelligence forums in the U.S., Germany, Austria, Israel, and South America. His most recent publication, in the Journal for International Legal Scholars, was entitled “Post World War legislation in German Hate Speech: A Comparative European Dilemma.” Aside from being a member of the bars of New York, California, Texas, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, Dr. Henner is a life member of the International Society of Legal Academics and maintains close working relationships with members of the federal judiciary, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Israel Defense Forces.
Dr. Thomas Field’s research interests include Third World revolutionary movements, contemporary Latin American history, and U.S. foreign policy. His first book, From Development to Dictatorship: Bolivia and the Alliance for Progress in the Kennedy Era (Cornell University Press, 2014) demonstrates the connections between Western modernization discourses, USAID, and military-led authoritarianism leading up to the country’s 1964 coup d’état. It won the Thomas McGann Award from the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies and was recently translated into Spanish by the Center for Social Research of the Bolivian Vice Presidency. Dr. Field has received grants and research prizes from the George C. Marshall Foundation, the University of London Institute for Historical Research, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Foundation, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Previously, he was a Cold War Fellow at New York University’s Tamiment Library, where he studied international labor operations during the Cold War period. He is currently writing a book on the 1967 death of Ernesto “Che" Guevara and its impact on the Third World movement.
A War and Society specialist, Dr. Jensen’s research focuses on the confluence of race, gender, liberal reform efforts, the Cold War, and the American military. His first book, The Routledge Handbook of the History of Race and the American Military (2016), is an edited volume comprising twenty chapters that explore various aspects of race and the American military. He is currently co-editing a volume that explores a number of under-appreciated aspects of the U.S. war in Vietnam. Dr. Jensen is also conducting primary-source research for a monograph regarding the trials and tribulations of African American tankers during the Second World War. A regular presenter at the annual conference of the Society for Military History, Dr. Jensen’s work has been supported through funding from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Foundation and from the Harry S. Truman Library Foundation. In 2014, Dr. Jensen became the first Program Chair of the Embry-Riddle’s new M.S. in Security and Intelligence Studies.
Professor Tom Foley’s professional activity focuses on applied research into physical security solutions to prevent or mitigate the threat of active shooters in businesses, public venues, government buildings, and schools, with a particular focus on preschools and elementary schools. Professor Foley is especially interested in improving teacher and staff training on active-shooter response planning, and oversees student-directed research projects to investigate security and local elementary schools, providing comprehensive vulnerability, threat, and risk assessments and physical security surveys. Professor Foley is a Board Certified Physical Security Professional, and he also holds a certification in Physical Security. Foley sits on the School Safety and Security Council of ASIS International, and he is also a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and the National Domestic Preparedness Association.
Dr. Tyrone Groh maintains an active research agenda in the area of international politics. Intersections between strategy, warfare, governance, and policy making reflect specific areas of interest. Previous work has involved understanding the challenges of governing tribal societies along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border: “A Fortress without Walls: Alternative Governance Structures on the Afghan-Pakistan Frontier,” in Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to State Authority in an Era of Softened Sovereignty (Stanford University Press, 2010). Dr. Groh has also published on improving operational design in the U.S. Armed Forces, in an article entitled “Fighting More Fires with Less Water: Phase Zero and Modified Operational Design,” Joint Forces Quarterly 77:2 (2015), and currently has an article under review with Air and Space Power Journal, which explores the potential combination of using drones and proxies to accomplish national political objectives. Current and developing research projects include a book manuscript entitled “The Least Worst Option: A Theory of Proxy War,” and an article that aims to define the ontology of terrorism as a means of developing a robust counter-terrorism strategy.
Dr. Brooke Shannon’s research interests focus primarily on knowledge and information practices. Her research includes a regional interest in East Africa, primarily Kenya. She is interest in a range of research methodologies, including discourse analysis, phenomenology, and hermeneutical analysis. Dr. Shannon’s most recent publication was “Storing and Sharing Traditional Knowledge in the Library,” International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions 41:3 (2015).
Dr. Furman Daniel is Assistant Professor at the Embry-Riddle College of Security and Intelligence. His research focuses on the nexus of international relations, political theory, and military history. His first book, 21st Century Patton, was published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press in 2016. He is currently working on a book project regarding General George Patton’s time as Commander of the U.S. 15th Army as well as articles on the political legacy of Carl von Clausewitz; the bureaucratic politics of the early-American Navy; the use of interactive simulations for strategy formation; and the impact of Tom Clancy’s popular fiction on American foreign policy elites. Prior to joining Embry-Riddle, Dr. Daniel founded a hedge fund which specialized in distressed assets and options trading and was a faculty member at George Washington University and Georgetown University.
Dr. Leeann Chen is primarily interested in second-language acquisition. She works on advanced-level curriculum development, especially content course instruction, including how to teach a course such as geography as a language source and how to provide practice in all four modalities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in a geography course. Another area of interest is when, what, and how authentic material should be used in teaching a second language, as well as compensation strategies, meaning the strategies for second language learners to use when they cannot totally understand what a native speaker is communicating. Dr. Chen’s third area of interest is patterns of errors that adversely influence student’s progress to higher proficiencies. The final area of her interest is how technology modifies the way language is taught.
As a specialist on Latin American literature, affiliated faculty member Dr. José Ninawanka focuses on the phenomenon of political violence. More specifically, he is interested in exploring the hidden processes that permit unforeseeable explosions of violence. To uncover these mechanisms, Ninawanka employs Slavoj Žižek’s application of Lacanian psychoanalysis to cultural products. Ninawanka’s doctoral work involved the analysis of four Peruvian narrative texts to expose the systematic violence that allowed the killing, with total impunity, of 70,000 Peruvians in the last two decades of the 20th Century. In future work, Dr. Ninawanka plans to apply this unique theoretical framework to other cultural products related to Latin America.
Professor Tarek Mahmoud specializes on foreign and second language acquisition for adult learners and is interested in how immersion in a native environment can increase students’ language and cultural knowledge. Professor Mahmoud is also interested in the use of technology in language teaching as well as learning inside and outside of the classroom. Additionally, he focuses on the flexibility of curriculum design based on students’ needs and seeks to help them reach their desired skill in speaking, reading, listening, and writing.Learn more about Dr. Mahmoud.