Professional Security Studies Faculty

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Faculty Profiles

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, Ph. D.
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-founder 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.

Laszlo Molnar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(201) 200-3542

Laszlo is an associate professor focusing on international security. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations, studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. He was resident fellow of the Institute for East-West Security Studies, NYC. He served as a career diplomat with the Hungarian foreign service for two decades, e.g. as deputy state secretary for multilateral relations; deputy head of the State Secretariat for EU Integration; consul general and then ambassador of Hungary to the UN in NYC. His international diplomatic assignments related mainly to international security and nuclear nonproliferation. He was executive director of Cisco with responsibilities in government affairs, business development and cybersecurity. He is a consultant of the Paris-based Cybersecurity Advisors Network.

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 Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(201) 200-3502

Kutub Thakur is an assistant professor of cyber security and leads 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. Kutub holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Pace University.

Michael Wiltsey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Michael is an associate professor whose area of academic focus is applied forensic science in national security, law enforcement, and related fields.  He holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Psychology, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology.  Michael has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement in New Jersey, most of which was spent as the supervisor of a county level crime scene and evidence management unit.  He has extensive training and experience in the areas of crime scene investigation and analysis, homicide and death scene investigation, fingerprint examination and comparisons, bloodstain pattern analysis, and shooting reconstruction.  He is a certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst by the International Association for Identification. In addition to this work, Michael is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and has experience working as a clinical and forensic psychologist, where a main area of interest has been on the psychology of violent and criminal behavior as well as police and investigative psychology.