Faculty Profiles

Michael Chumer, Ph.D.
Affiliated Faculty 

(201) 200-2148

Michael is the president of the Business Emergency Operations Center Alliance, a nationally recognized 501.c.3 organization and private/public sector partnership and Consulting Director of the Masters of Science of Emergency Management and Business Continuity Program at New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

Richard J. Cosgrove, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Coordinator- Wall Campus

(201) 200-3217

Rich is an assistant professor and coordinator of the National Security Studies Program at NJCU's Wall campus location. Rich is a retired lieutenant from the New Jersey State Police with over 25 years experience. He spent the final three years in the Homeland Security Branch, where he provided oversight to the following programs: Urban Area Security Initiative (U.A.S.I.), Target Hardening Response & Emergency Activation Teams (T.H.R.E.A.T.), vulnerability assessments, buffer zone security plans, school security initiative bench marks, and other collaborative efforts pursued with federal, state, county, local organizations and those private security agencies providing critical infrastructure protection.


Scott Fisher
Assistant Professor

(201) 200-2148

Scott is an assistant professor focusing on national and international security. Prior to his PhD studies at Rutgers University, he received an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and an MA in Korean and International Studies from Seoul National University in South Korea. His research focus is on information warfare, U.S. national security challenges in East Asia, and open source intelligence. Prior to joining NJCU, Scott worked as a crisis management analyst for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, deployed to Iraq as a Department of Defense civilian, and served tours in Afghanistan and East Africa as an Army Reserve officer. 

Graig R. Klein, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator

(201) 200-2230

Graig teaches Research Methodology at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Prior to earning his PhD in Political Science from Binghamton University, he received an MA from American University's School of International Service, and studied in Cairo, Egypt. He joined the NJCU faculty in 2016. Graig's research focuses on how dissident and government behaviors interact and influence conflict processes, opposition tactics, political mobilization, terrorism, and national security. For more information on published and ongoing research, visit Graig's personal website.

Michael Krantz, CPP, Ph.D.
Professor, Coordinator – Middlesex Campus

(732) 964-0911

Michael is a full professor, the coordinator for the National Security Studies program at the NJCU at Middlesex campus, and co-fonder of NJCU's National Security Studies Department. He has authored and facilitated programs in Law Enforcement, Security, Human Capital and Leadership in the public, private and education sectors, both as a law enforcement officer and private consultant. A retired police officer and detective assigned to bias incident investigations and former county undersheriff, Michael worked extensively with the Attorney General’s Office of Bias Crimes and Community Relations developing policy and curriculum and conducting in-service training statewide.  

Kathleen Donohue Rennie, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA
Associate Professor, DSc Program Director

(201) 200-2275

Kathy teaches Integrated Marketing Communications, Crisis Communication, Executive Leadership Communication, and Media Relations at in NJCU's National Security Studies Department and at the University’s School of Business. She serves as Director of the doctoral program in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy. Kathy holds a Ph.D. in Leadership, Management and Policy and wrote her dissertation on crisis communication. 

Kutub Thakur
Assistant Professor

(201) 200-3502

Kutub Thakur is an assistant professor of cyber security and lead's NJCU's cyber security program. Kutub teaches Cyber Security and Forensics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Kutub is certified in computer hacking and forensic investigation. He worked for various private and public entities such as Lehman Brothers, Barclays Capital, ConEdison, United Nations and Metropolitan Transport Authority. Kutub has various publications in IEEE, I-manager’s Journal, Application and Theory of Computer Technology, and the International Journal for Engineering and Technology. He has presented at the IEEE International Conference on High Performance and Smart Computing, IEEE 2nd International Conference on Cyber Security and Cloud Computing and IEEE International Conference on Big Data Security on Cloud. Kutub is an active member of infraGrad (FBI), Homeland Security Information Network, and Research Education Network Information Sharing Analysis Center and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Kutub research interests includes Cyber security, forensics and machine learning.