David Ransom

Background and Research Interests

Professor David Ransom has 29 years of law enforcement experience, most of which was with the El Paso Police Department in El Paso, Texas. During his law enforcement career, Professor Ransom served in a variety of positions such as patrol, gangs, SWAT, airport police operations, and planning and research. After 21 years with the El Paso Police Department, Professor Ransom retired and moved to Massachusetts. He served five years with the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Department of Public Safety before being hired by the Berklee College of Music Police Department, where he currently serves as the Chief of Police.

Prior to teaching at Bay State College, Professor Ransom taught a variety of law enforcement topics and was responsible for preparing and delivering relevant police and leadership curriculum to meet police department standards. Professor Ransom's research interests include leadership development, followership, ethics, and organizational systems and dynamics.


  • Ph.D., Global Leadership, Indiana Institute of Technology
  • M.A., Strategic Leadership, Mountain State University
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Texas-El Paso
  • Graduate of the 62nd Class of the Sam Houston State University Law Enforcement Institute of Texas
  • Graduate of the 233rd Session of the FBI National Academy

Courses Taught at Bay State College

  • Introduction to Security
  • Physical and Personnel Security
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Investigation & Procedure

Interests and Hobbies

Professor Ransom's interests and hobbies include the collection of antique cameras, American history, the study of leadership, exercise, and reading.