Dr. James Phelps is an Assistant Professor at the College of Media and Mass Communication within the American University in the Emirates. Dr. Phelps holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice (2008) and a Master of Arts in History (U.S. and Military) (2005), from Sam Houston State University, Texas, USA; and a Bachelor of Arts in History, from the University of Southern Colorado, Colorado, USA (2003). Dr. Phelps has previously been employed as an Assistant Professor at Angelo State University, Texas, USA; as a faculty evaluator for the American Council on Education, CREDIT evaluation program; and as a lecturer for the Central Texas College U.S. Navy Afloat PACE program.
He has published extensively in various journals and conference proceedings, including two books with Carolina Academic Press, Border Security (2014) and What Happened to the Iraqi Police (’10). His research interests include cybersecurity, human security issues, terrorism and counterterrorism, emergency management and disaster response, and border security. Prior to entering the academy he worked in cryogenics manufacturing with Praxair, Inc., and served in the U.S. Navy for over 21 years in the submarine and special warfare fields, as a nuclear power plant supervisor, and in industrial level maintenance management.