James R. Campbell, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Area of Expertise - Indonesia, Biosecurity, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Dr. James Campbell came to the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in October 2008. He graduated from UCLA in 1972 and served three years as a line Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, including three wartime deployments to Vietnam as ship’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Officer, Damage Control Assistant, and squadron Equal Opportunity Officer.  In 1975 he left active Naval service to attend graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in Microbiology from UCLA. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree, as well as the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance, conferred by the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation at Fordham University and the Certificate in Global Health Diplomacy from the Graduate Institute Geneva.

In 1981 Dr. Campbell returned to active duty in the Navy Medical Service Corps, and was sent to the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No.2 (NAMRU-2) in Jakarta, Indonesia. From 1986 to 1989 he was assigned as Head, Biotechnology Division, Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1989 he transferred to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, D.C., where he served four years as Program Manager for Molecular Biology, and Director of Biosafety. In 1993 he was assigned to U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No.3, Cairo, Egypt, as Executive Officer and Scientific Director. In 1996 he was awarded the Master of Public Health degree in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. From 1996-1999 he was again assigned to the NRL, where he served as Program Manager for Biotechnology and Environment, responsible for the Navy’s $20 million bioremediation R&D program. In 1999 he returned to Indonesia, where he served two years as Commanding Officer of NAMRU-2. Dr. Campbell speaks fluent Indonesian. Following a one-year tour at Navy Bureau of Medicine headquarters in Washington, D.C. as Liaison for Force Health Protection and Biological Defense to the Chief of Naval Operations (N091/N093), he reported to London, U.K. as Commanding Officer of the Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG), the largest geographic Navy command in the world. As Commander of ONRG, he managed international Science and Technology operations and partnership development in the $1.7 billion portfolio of the Chief of Naval Research. He consulted to the Human Factors and Medicine Policy committee for the Research and Technology Organization of NATO. In 2004 he was selected as the first Medical department officer to serve on the Chief of Naval Operation’s Strategic Studies Group at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. In 2005 he retired from Naval service and began work as Manager for Biosecurity and Biodefense, and Manager for Environmental Biomarkers Diagnostics in the National Security Directorate of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, one of the US Department of Energy’s five multi-mission national laboratories. In 2008 he accepted the position of Professor in the College of Security Studies, at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he has managed the Comprehensive Crisis Management course and taught electives on Health Security and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR). He also serves as Chair of the Center’s faculty expert group on HADR, to which he brings specialized expertise in disaster logistics and humanitarian aid. His adjunct academic appointments have included Clinical Research Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, where he currently is appointed as Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, Associate Professor in the George Washington University School of Global Health and Health Services, Associate Professor in the Center for Global Health Engagement at USUHS, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland and Professor of Microbiology in the School of Medicine at the University of Indonesia. Dr. Campbell also has served as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of the University of Hawaii, and he has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and books. He is the current President of the Hawaii state chapter of Sigma Xi, the national scientific research honor society. A decorated Vietnam veteran, Dr. Campbell’s military awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), and Legion of Merit (3 awards).

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