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Faculty and Staff


Costas Spirou

Costas Spirou, Ph.D, Department Chair
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
2-03 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-4562, Email

Kim Knight

Kim Knight
Department Administrative Assistant
2-03 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-4562, Email

 Michele Williams Michele Williams
Web Content Manager
B.A., California State University, Sacramento
2-03 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-4562, Email




Jeffrey Blick

Jeffrey Blick, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
3-52 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-4448, Email, CV (pdf)
Research Interests
- Dogs in Prehistoric Native American Cultures
- Latin American & Caribbean Archeology
- San Salvador, Bahamas

Ruth Carter

Ruth Carter, Ph.D.
Professor of International Studies
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
2-10 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0946, Email
Research Interests
- Criminal Justice in Georgia
- The Eastern Mediterranean Region
- Politics and Culture Along the Silk Road 

Roger Coate

Roger Coate, Ph.D.
Paul D. Coverdell Professor of Public Policy
Political Science & Public Administration
Ph.D., Ohio State University
2-29 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-7396, Email
Research Interests,
- International Organization and Global Governance
- Nonstate Actors and Nonprofit Management
- U.S. Multilateral Foreign Policy 

Carrie Cook

Carrie Cook, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., University of Florida
2-11 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0941, Email
Research Interests
- Corrections
- Victimization
- Fear of Crime
- Program Evaluation 

Sara Doude

Sara Buck Doude, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
CJ and MSCJ Program Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
2-21 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-4257, Email
Research Interests
- Radical Criminological Theory
- Gender/Racial Biases with Criminal Justice
- Interpersonal Violence within Marginalized Groups 

Hank Edmondson

Hank Edmondson, Ph.D.
Carl Vinson Endowed Chair of Political Science & Public Administration
Ph.D., University of Georgia
2-06 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0943, Email
Research Interests
- Politics and Literature
- Education Philosophy, Education Reform
- Politics of Spain
- Leadership 


Steven Elliott-Gower, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Georgia
215 Terrell Hall
CBX 029
478-445-1467, Email
Research Interests
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
- Role-playing Simulations
- Student Development and Global Citizenship 

Funke Fontenot

Olufunke Fontenot, LL.M.; M.Litt.
Professor of Criminal Justice
LL.M. Yale Law School
M.Litt. Cambridge
2-50 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-4441, Email
Research Interests
- American Judicial System
- Fourth Amendment Rights
- Judicial Independence
- The Judiciary in Africa
- Issue of Diversity in Higher Education 

Sandra Godwin

Sandra Godwin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., North Carolina State University
2-12 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-1900, Email
Research Interests
- Identity Formation
- Social Inequality
- Civic Engagement in Higher Education 

Jennifer Hammack

Jennifer Hammack, J.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
J.D., University of Alabama
2-19 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-2019, Email
Research Interests
- Criminal Procedure
- Administrative Law
- Constitutional Law 

Jerry Herbel

Jerry Herbel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
Political Science Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
2-02 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-7394, Email
Research Interests
- Ethics in Government and Public Administration
- Literature and Politics
- Classical Political Theory 


Steven Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Utah
202 N. Clarke Street, CBX 101
478-445-1253, Email
Research Interests
-Democratization and the evolution of human rights in Latin America
-International relations theory, particularly normative and post-structural approaches to globalization
-The development and application of communitarian social and political theories
-The civic development of college students
-Universities as local and global institutional citizens

Brandy Kennedy

Brandy Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
2-20 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-7384, Email
Research Interests
- Bureaucratic Role Perception and Representation 


Min Kim

Min Su Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
MPA Program Coordinator
Ph.D., Arizona State University
2-25 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-7393, Email
Research Interests
-State and Local Government Financial Management
- Public Finance and Budgeting
- Policy and Program Evaluation
- Quantitative Research Methods 

Bradley Koch

Bradley Koch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Indiana University
2-14 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0937, Email
Research Interests
- Religion
- Sexuality
- Higher Education
- Teaching and Learning 

Kathleen Martin

Kathleen Martin, A.B.D.
Senior Lecturer of Political Science
A.B.D., Georgia State University
2-09 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0969, Email
Research Interests
- American Government
- Behavioral Politics 

Stephanie McClure

Stephanie McClure, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Georgia
2-08 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-1211, Email
Research Interests
- Sociology of Education
- Race, Class, and Gender
- College Student Persistence and Retention 


Elizabeth Otwell, M.S.P.H.
Lecturer of Sociology
M.S.P.H., University of Alabama, Birmingham
2-04 A&S CBX 018
478-445-0939, Email
Research Interests
-Urban Sociology
-Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
-Research Methodology

Jason Rich

Jason Rich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
2-24 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0945, Email
Research Interests
- American Electoral Studies & Politics
- International Security
- Foreign Policy Analysis
- International Relations Theory 

Claire Sanders

Claire Sanders, M.P.A.
Lecturer of Political Science
M.P.A., Georgia College & State University
2-18 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-5328, Email
Research Interests
- American Government
- Election Law and Administration
- State and Local Government 


Ji Sohn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., Sam Houston State University
2-17 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0940, Email
Research Interests
-Cross-cultural Studies

Costas Spirou

Costas Spirou, Ph.D., Department Chair
Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
2-03 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-4562, Email
Research Interests
- Public Policy and Political Sociology
- Urban Affairs and Governance
- Tourism/Sport and Economic Development 

Charles Ubah

Charles Ubah, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
2-23 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-7392, Email
Research Interests
- Penology and Corrections
- Criminal Justice Policy Studies
- Comparative Criminal Justice Studies
- Migrant Populations and Crime
- Transnational Crime 

Clif Wilkinson

Clif Wilkinson, A.B.D.
Senior Lecturer of Political Science & Public Administration
A.B.D., Valdosta State University
2-22 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0958, Email
Research Interests
- Public Management
- Public Policy and Evaluation
- E-Government
- Politics in Film 


Amber Wilson, M.S.C.J.
Lecturer of Criminal Justice
M.S.C.J, Georgia College
2-13 A&S, CBX 018
478-445-0942, Email  
Research Interests
-Gender and Crime
-War on Drugs

Veronica Womack

Veronica Womack, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science & Public Administration
Ph.D., University of Alabama
Smith House CBX 00
478-445-4233, Email
Research Interests
- Agricultural Policy
- Southern Black Belt Region
- Rural African American Sociopolitical Experience
- Regional Persistent Poverty

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