Professor Thomas A. Dempsey

Assistant Professor and Academic Chair, Security Studies

TomDempsey1wColonel Thomas Dempsey, U.S. Army (retired) is the Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) Chair for Security Studies. Professor Dempsey specializes in security sector reform, rule of law, post-conflict transitions and peace operations.  He served as the Professor of Security Sector Reform with the U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 2007 to 2009. Professor Dempsey joined PKSOI after returning from eight months in Monrovia, Liberia, where he directed the reconstitution and training of the Liberian Ministry of National Defense as part of the joint U.S.-Liberian Security Sector Reform Program.

Colonel Dempsey served as Director of African Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College from 1999 through his retirement in August of 2006. His 31-year military career as an Infantry Officer and African Foreign Area Officer included service as the Chief of Africa Branch at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Defense HUMINT Services, and as Defense Attaché in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Professor Dempsey edited and was a contributing author to Civil Power in Irregular Conflict (2010), authored a monograph entitled Counterterrorism in African Failed States (2006), and has published articles in Brassey’s Defense Analysis.

Professor Dempsey has a B.A. in History from Wichita State University, an M.A. in African Area Studies from UCLA, and an M.M.A.S. in Theater Operations from the School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Public Administration at Penn State Harrisburg.

Areas of Expertise

Security Sector Reform, Rule of Law, Post-conflict Transitions, Peace Operations