Dr. James Phelps

Assistant Professor, College of Media and Mass Communication


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.

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Prof. Abdel Rahim Hamid

Professor / Interim Dean

Dr. Samuel Tesunbi

Associate Professor

Dr. Tarik Yildirim

Associate Professor

Dr. William Gueraiche

Associate Professor / Associate Dean

Prof. Golam Mostafa

Professor / Program Director

Dr. Spyridon Plakoudas

Assistant Professor

Dr. Michal Matyasik

Assistant Professor

Dr. Bassant Eyada

Associate Professor / Department Chair

Dr. Konrad Gunesch

Assistant Professor

Dr. Marios Efthymiopoulos

Assistant Professor / Program Director

Dr. Paul Mears

Assistant Professor / Program Coordinator

Dr. Wojciech Michnik

Assistant Professor

Mr. Ahmad Abadalla

Assistant Professor / Assistant Dean

Mr. Asad Khalid


Dr. James Robert Phelps

Assistant Professor

Dr. Samia Ahmad Hashim

Assistant Professor