College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Nathan Moran’s research interests are in the areas of international organized crime, terrorism, comparative systems analysis, and international policing. In the course of this research, he has traveled broadly, published five books, more than 80 refereed empirical articles, four anthologies, and has made more than 180 professional presentations at national and international conferences, procured more than $4.2 million in research grant funding, and has chaired more than 80 dissertations.
Dr. Moran completed his Ph.D. (youngest to receive a Ph.D. from the institution) at Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice, and wrote his doctoral dissertation on the globalization and evolution of organized crime. Dr. Moran teaches courses on organized crime and terrorism, international crime, comparative criminal justice systems, policing, research design, and statistics. Dr. Moran also provides training in counter-terrorism and international crime for the United States Department of State, as well as dozens of federal and state law enforcement agencies. He has traveled to 76 countries, has served as a terrorism and law enforcement consultant to the governments of many nations, and has trained law enforcement personnel from 114 countries.
Dr. Moran is an active member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC), the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice Educators (SWACJ), the European Society of Criminology, the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime (IASOC), the Asian Association of Police Studies (AAPS) and Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society).
Dr. Moran is a 5,000+ hour instrument rated commercial pilot (single and multi-engine), a certified flight instructor, certified flight instrument instructor, certified multi-engine flight instructor, and has flown over 40 different types of aircraft (consisting of piston, turbo-prop, turbojet, turbofan, afterburning turbojet models, and “hot-air balloons”) to altitudes in excess of 60,000 ft (FL600). Dr. Moran is an avid Technical SCUBA diver (with over 1,000 dives) and holds Advanced Technical Diver certificates from Technical Divers International (TDI), as well as Normoxic and Advanced Trimix certificates from the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD). Dr. Moran’s personal depth record is 100 meters (330 feet).