Dr Frank Adams
Teaching Focus: Supply Chain Management and Marketing Strategy
Research Interests: Supply Chain Management and Relational Governance Strategy
Regional Focus/Interests: Rural United State and North America, Caribbean (master’s thesis focus), Western Europe.
Dr. Adams received both a Ph.D. (Marketing; 2012) and an M.B.A. (2008) from the University of Alabama, and holds a B.A. in History (1997) from Mississippi State University. His research has been published in Journal of Business Logistics, The International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and Supply Chain Management, an International Journal.
Dr. Adams is member of the editorial board of International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and an AMA teaching and research award recipient. He has also consulted for the National Grocer’s Association and the National Association of Campus Card Users.
Dr. Adams has served in the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer, and in civilian life has held customer service, sales, operations and management positions. His commercial experience includes the hotel industry with Carlson Industries, the home services industry with ServiceMaster, and the medical device industry with PhotoMedex Surgical and Sandstone Medical. The emphasis during most of Dr. Adams’ career has been in logistics and customer service.
Dr Ioana Banicescu
Teaching Focus: Complexity of algorithms, parallel algorithms, advanced scientific computing, autonomic computing
Research Interests: Parallel algorithms, scientific computing, scheduling theory, performance optimization for problems in computational science, performance prediction, autonomic computing
Dr. Ioana Banicescu is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and a Director of the Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing at Mississippi State University (MSU), and also a Co-Director of the National Science Foundation Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing. She received the Diploma in Engineering (Electronics and Telecommunications) from Polytechnic University - Bucharest, and the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from New York University - Polytechnic Institute. Professor Banicescu's research interests include parallel algorithms, scientific computing, scheduling theory, load balancing algorithms, performance analysis, evaluation, and prediction. Currently, her research focus is on autonomic computing and performance optimization for problems in computational science. She has given many invited talks at universities, government laboratories, and at various national and international forums in the United States and overseas. She has authored and co-authored more than 100 articles published in journals, books, and conference proceedings.
Professor Banicescu is the recipient of a number of awards for research and scholarship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), including the prestigious NSF CAREER award, three NSF Information Technology awards, and others. She serves on numerous research review panels for advanced research grants in the US and Europe, on steering and program committees of a number of international conferences, symposia and workshops, on the Executive Board and Advisory Board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP). She is an Associate Editor of the Cluster Computing journal and the International Journal on Computational Science and Engineering.
Over the years, Professor Banicescu was recognized with many distinctions for her scholarly contributions: NSF - Stanford University - New Century Scholars (1998), Hearin Professor of Engineering Award (2001), Bagley College of Engineering at MSU - Outstanding Faculty Engineering Research Award (2004), the University Faculty Research Award (2005), the Hearin Eminent Scholar Award (2005-2009), the Hearin Faculty Excellence and State Pride Awards (2010-2013).
Dr Barry Barnett
Research Interests: Natural Disaster Risk, Agriculture Insurance, Agriculture Policy, Risk and Poverty
Regional Focus/Interests: Rural United States and North America, sub-Saharan Africa, Western Europe.
Barry Barnett's research interests focus on agricultural policy, risk management, and insurance. He writes extensively on U.S. commodity programs and crop insurance. In addition, he has an active research program related to disaster risk management in rural areas of developing countries. Dr. Barnett's research efforts are reflected in numerous articles published in scholarly journals as well as contributions to World Bank, OECD, and USAID publications. He also regularly conducts analysis and makes recommendations at the request of the Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Barnett teaches graduate courses in microeconomic theory and research methods.
Dr Jerry Belant
Dr Stephen Brain
Research Interests: Russian and Soviet History, Environmental History, Forest History
Dr. Stephen Brain is an Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University. His research focuses on Russian and Soviet History, Environmental History, and Forest History. He has written several articles for journals including Studies in the History of Biology; Ecozona: The European Journal of Literature, Culture, and the Environment; and Environmental History. He has also written chapters for several books pertaining to environmentalism and the Soviet Union in addition to his own publication Song of the Forest: Russian Forestry and Stalin’s Environmentalism.
Dr. Brain completed his Ph.D. in History, University of California-Berkeley in May 2007. His honors and awards include a University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship, a FLAS Fellowship, a Fullbright Fellowship, and a George Breslauer Dissertation Fellowship. Stephen was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian Studies in 2010 and recently received a Fulbright Grant to travel to Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don Russia for the 2013-2014 term.
Dr Kay Brocato
Research Interests: Education Equity
Kay Brocato is an Associate Professor of Education Foundations at Mississippi State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi State University as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Memphis. Dr. Brocato has taught various courses including “Planning for the Diversity of Learners,” “Principles of Curriculum Development,” “Functions & Methods of Research” and “Social Foundations of Education.”
Kay’s research focuses education equity, particularly in underserved public schools throughout the southeastern United State. The majority of her research includes an Studio Based Learning method, and the title of her current project is Studio School. With West Point, Oktibbeha County, Noxubee County, and Starkville School Districts and the Mississippi State University department of Landscape Architecture, she is currently involved in research to examine how the propose-critique-iterate process of Studio Based Learning might affect disengaged middle and high school learners. To support her school reform inquiry, she travels with her teacher education and educational leadership students to schools in the southeast documenting how schools reform themselves. She has presented details of this line of inquiry annually at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) from 2002-2011. Brown, A., Sparks, A. & Brocato, K. (due out in 2011) Studio Bio-analytical: Using a unique interdisciplinary combination of topic choice, lecturing, field experience, and laboratory skills preparation Chemistry Education Research & Practice- revise and resubmit. More information regarding the School Studio project can be found online at http://studio-school.msstate.edu/.
Dr Michael Brown
Research Interests: Land-surface-atmosphere interaction
Mike Brown is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Mississippi State University. He received his Ph.D in Geography from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000. Mike completed his Master of Science in Geosciences at Mississippi State University in 1995 and his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Western Illinois University in 1991. In 1999, Mike joined the Geosciences faculty at Mississippi State where he has remained to present.
Mike is a climatologist/meteorologist with interest in land-surface-atmosphere interactions. Mike has looked at the impact of heterogeneous surfaces upon formation regions of convection in Illinois and Mississippi. Mike has also studied severe local storms in the Mid-Atlantic region in an attempt to identify processes generated at the Earth's surface that augment the mesoscale atmosphere creating an environment of enhanced instability and shear.
Dr Wes Burger
Associate Director & Professor
Research Interests: avian population dynamics and habitat relations in grassland, agriculture, and forest ecosystems; effects of land use practices and federal farm programs on farmland wildlife species; effects of habitat quality on body condition and survival of bobwhite; metabolic costs of thermoregulation in bobwhite; mating systems and reproductive strategies of bobwhite; further development of survival estimators; spatial information technologies; landscape modeling.
Dr. Wes Burger is a Dale H. Arner Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management as well as a Grisham Master Teacher at Mississippi State University. In addition, Burger is the Associate Director for Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Mississippi State University. His interests include avian population dynamics, effects of land use on farmland wildlife species, and in depth studies of the bobwhite population and methods of restoration.
Dr. Burger completed his Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Missouri. He has authored numerous articles for various journals including the Journal of Wildlife Management, the Journal of Insect Conservation, the Journal of Applied Ecology, the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, and Environmental Management. Wes also serves as is the National project coordinator for the USDA Northern Bobwhite Restoration Project. This is a cooperative effort among multiple agencies mutually interesting in achieving the goals of the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI). The goal for this plan is to restore range-wide northern bobwhite populations to an average density equivalent to that which existed on improvable acres (lands potentially amenable to management) in the baseline year of 1980. For more information regarding the USDA Northern Bobwhite Restoration Project, visit www.cfr.msstate.edu/nbci/index.asp.
Dr Renee Clary
Dr Alba Collart Dinarte
Assistant Extension Professor
Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics with research and applied experience in econometric methods for categorical and limited dependent variables, random coefficient models, and experimental economics.
As an Assistant Extension Professor she coordinates state and nationwide extension programs and conduct applied economic research in applied microeconometrics and consumer economics.
Dr Toni Copeland
Research Interests: HIV/AIDS, political-economy, poverty-stricken HIV-positive women’s health, access to treatment and services, biocultural perspective, cognitive anthropology, social support, sociocultural change and health, nutrition
Areas of Interest: sub-Saharan Africa
Toni Copeland is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Mississippi State University. Her research focuses on HIV/AIDS with specific interest towards sub-Sarahan Africa. She has given numerous presentations at anthropology conferences throughout the country on topics such as “Social Supporters, Family Life, and Health among HIV-Positive Women,” “Health and Knowledge of Self-Managing HIV/AIDS among Women in Nairobi, Kenya” and “Povery and HIV-Positive Women in Nairobi, Kenya: A Cultural Model of Managing HIV/AIDS.” Toni completed her Ph.D., Masters, and Bachelors degrees in Anthropology from the University of Alabama. In 2009, Toni joined the Anthroplogy and Middle Eastern Cultures faculty at Mississippi State where she remains in her current position.
Dr Ronald Cossman
Research Interests: Spatial patterns in and spatial causes of health status, health outcomes and health disparities; Social determinants of health and health disparities, the demography of health status, the demography of the health workforce, alternative measures of health status and outcomes, improved data visualization of health data.
Research Skills: Spatial analysis and GIS, economic impact analysis, demographic decomposition and projects, secondary data collection and analysis, primary data collection and analysis, mixed-methods data collection, data visualization.
Expertise: Ability to reframe the research question to arrive at an actionable answer.
Regional Focus/Interests: Rural United State and North America, Caribbean (master’s thesis focus), Western Europe.
Dr. Ronald E. Cossman is a Research Professor and Director of the Mississippi Center for Health Workforce, housed at the Social Science Research Center. He holds undergraduate degrees in Economics, Political Science and Mass Communications. He holds graduate degrees in Demography (FSU) and Geography (CU, Boulder). Dr. Cossman studies health at the intersection of geography, demography and economics. He has advanced knowledge in these fields by improving our understanding of the causes and determinants of health status and outcomes in the U.S., and actionable research results has guided health policymakers and the allocation of health resources. His signature research is “Healthy & Unhealthy Places,” an investigation into why some counties and communities in the U.S. exhibit statistically significant high or low mortality rates across 35 or more years. This research continues to be a core investigation, in part because the standard explanations of wealth, income inequality, and access to care, education and racial composition of the population are insufficient explanations of the determinants of spatial disparities in health, and it contributes to our knowledge about these processes.
A closely related line of research addresses the issue of small area health status and the shortcomings of national health surveys, funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. National surveys do not (by design) have sufficient completed surveys in any one wave that can be reliably reported at the county level. Disaggregating the data, for the first time Dr. Cossman was able to reliably measure chronic illness prevalence rates at the county level. He published these findings in three peer-reviewed journals including Population Health Metrics (lead author). As the federal government cuts back on survey data collection, the techniques of proxy measure and data triangulation will increasingly become important to researchers as a means to fill the data voids.
Dr Richard Damms
Associate Prof & Interim Head
Research Interests: 20th Century U.S., Diplomacy, and Latin American History
Richard V. Damms is currently an Associate Professor of American history and a member of the History Department's International Security/Internal Safety (IS/IS) faculty at Mississippi State University. Longman published his book, The Eisenhower Presidency, 1953-1961 in 2002 as part of their Seminar Studies in History Series. He has published two articles on science and national security in the Eisenhower era, and recently published "In Search of some big, imaginative plan: the Eisenhower Administration and American Strategy in the Middle East after Suez,” in Simon C. Smith, ed., Reassessing Suez 1956 (Ashgate, 2008).
He has recently presented papers at international conferences in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Damms has directed three Ph.D. dissertations in diplomatic history. Fred Smith's 2002 M.A. thesis, which he supervised, won the Mississippi Historical Society's Glover Moore Prize for best Master's thesis. Damms has developed and taught a study-abroad class, "Churchill's Britain," at King's College, London. He compiled and co-edited the History Department's reader for undergraduate students, Readings in U.S. History (Boston: Pearson Custom Publishing, 2005).
Damms is actively involved in efforts to enhance the quality of history instruction in the public schools. He is editor-in-chief of Mississippi History Now: the Online Journal of the Mississippi Historical Society, directed the Center for Historical Studies in 2003-6, established under the History Department's million-dollar Teaching American History Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and serves on Mississippi Department of Education and IHL committees. He welcomes the opportunity to supervise graduate theses and dissertations in diplomatic history, political history, and national security affairs broadly defined.
Dr Ted Dobson
Research Interests: Graph theory
Ted Dobson is a Professor of Mathematics at Mississippi State University, and his research focuses on graph theory. He has written numerous articles for journals including Mathematishe Nachrichten, Discrete Mathematics, and the Journal of Graph Theory. In addition, Dobson is currently serving as Managing Editor for Ars Mathematica Contemporanea. He has also contributed to numerous conferences around the world including the U.S., Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy.
Ted completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Lousiana State University as well as a Master of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of North Texas. In August of 1998, Ted joined the Mathematical and Statistics faculty at Mississippi State as an assistant professor where he later moved to Associate Professor and currently Professor within the department. Dobson received a Fulbright Scholarship in the fall of 2008 to travel to the University of Primorska in Koper, Slovenia, and research Imprimitive permutation groups:Vertex-transitive graphs. In addition to this prestigious award, Dobson has also received grants from the National Science Foundation as well as the Slovenian Ministry of Science.
Dr Jonathan Edelmann
Research Interests: Hinduism, Science and Religion, Indian Philosophies, Sanskrit Language
Dr. Jonathan Edelmann is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Mississippi State University. His research focuses on Hinduism, science and religion, Indian philosophies, and the Sanskrit language. He is currently serving as Section Editor for Hindu Theology for the International Journal for Hindu Studies and he is on advisory boards in the American Academy of Religion and The Hindu American Foundation. In addition, Jonathan has written numerous articles for peer reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Vaishnava Studies, the Journal of Consciousness Studies, and Biology and Philosophy. In 2012, he published Hindu Theology and Biology: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa and Contemporary Theory, winner of the 2011 John Templeton Foundation Award for Theological Promise from the University of Heidelburg.
Dr. Edelmann completed his Ph.D. in Religious Studies and Theology from the University of Oxford in 2008. After completing his Post Doctoral Fellowship at Harris Manchester College at Oxford University in 2009, he joined the Mississippi State University Department of Philosophy and Religion faculty. During his continued time at Mississippi State, he has taught several courses including Indian Yoga Traditions, a Graduate Course on Science and Religion, and Hindu Narrative Traditions.
During his time at Mississippi State, Jonathan has received several awards including two State Pride Awards, the American Academy of Religion and Henry Luce Foundation Summer Fellowship, the Award for Theological Promise, and Mississippi State University Researcher of the Month. For more information regarding Dr. Edelmann’s research and achievements, please refer to his professional web page at www.msstate.academia.edu/JonathanEdelmann.
Dr. Edelmann has visited India seven times and is currently writing a book about North Indian Hindu theologians and philosophers of the sixteenth century.
Dr Morgan Farnell
Research Interests: Avian gut health, zoonotic and avian specific pathogens, live production strategies to improve productivity in the field
Outreach: To conduct applied research that will prepare the poultry industry for reportable disease outbreaks such as avian influenza or exotic Newcastle disease virus.
Morgan Farnell is an Associate Professor of Poultry Science at Mississippi State University. His areas of research include improving avian gut health, development of farm practices that reduce zoonotic and avian specific pathogens, and development of live production strategies to improve productivity in the field. Farnell completed his Ph.D. and Masters at Texas A&M University.
Dr Brent Frey
Teaching Focus: Practice of silviculture
Research Interests: Regeneration ecology, stand dynamics, hardwood silviculture, invasive species
Dr. Brent Frey is an Assistant Professor of Forestry at Mississippi State University. Brent completed his Ph.D. in Silviculture and Forest Ecology at Yale University and his Masters of Science in Forest Biology and Management from the University of Alberta. His research focuses on regeneration ecology, stand dynamics, hardwood silviculture, and invasive species. In 2012, Frey and colleagues authored the chapter “Carbon dynamics in the boreal forest” for the book Managing Forest Carbon in a Changing Climate.
Dr Michael Galaty
Professor & Head & Director
Research Interests: Archaeology of complex societies and state formation, regional archaeological survey and scientific analysis of artifacts
Areas of Interest: Albania, Greece, Hungary, and the states of Virginia and Mississippi
Michael L. Galaty is Professor of Anthropology and Head of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at Mississippi State University. He received a B.A. with honors in anthropology from Grinnell College in 1991 and M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1994 and 1998 respectively. His areas of interest include the archaeology of complex societies and state formation, as well as regional archaeological survey and the scientific analysis of artifacts. He has conducted archaeological research in Albania, Greece, and Hungary, and in the states of Virginia and Mississippi.
From 2004-2008 he co-directed the Shala Valley Project (SVP), which was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The results of the SVP were recently published in Light and Shadow: Isolation and Interaction in the Shala Valley of Northern Albania. Currently he co-directs (with Lorenc Bejko of the University of Tirana) the Projekti Arkeologjikë i Shkodrës (PASH), a program of survey and excavation focused on the region of Shkodër in northern Albania, and (with American and Greek colleagues) The Diros Project, which is focused on the Neolithic site of Alepotrypa Cave in the Mani, Greece. PASH is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation and Diros from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. While at Millsaps he also co-directed the W.M. Keck Center for Instrumental and Biochemical Comparative Archaeology, which was funded by major grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation and the National Science Foundation.
Galaty has published several books and edited volumes, including Nestor’s Wine Cups, Archaeology Under Dictatorship (with Charles Watkinson), Rethinking Mycenaean Palaces I and II (both with William Parkinson), and Archaic State Interaction (also with William Parkinson), which presents papers written for a 2007 School for Advanced Research (SAR) Advanced Seminar. He has published 58 articles, chapters, and book reviews and presented 100s of conference presentations. He is the 2003 winner of the Millsaps College Outstanding Young Faculty Award, the 2008 winner of the Millsaps College Distinguished Faculty Award, and the 2010 winner of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Archaeological Institute of America. In 2011 he was named one of nine academic trustees for the Archaeological Institute of America.
Dr Stephen Grado
Research Interests: Natural resource economics, outdoor/forest recreation, wildlife economics, human dimensions of natural resources, forest certification, urban and community forestry, and eco-tourism.
Stephen Grado is a George L. Switzer Professor of Forestry at Mississippi State University. His areas of research include natural resource economics, outdoor/forest recreation, wildlife economics, human dimensions of natural resources, forest certification urban and community forestry, and eco-tourism. Stephen has authored articles for journals such as Human Dimensions of Wildlife, Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, Forest Products Journal, Southern Journal of Applied Forestry, and the North American Journal of Fisheries Management. In addition, he has given numerous presentations at various national and international conferences regarding wildlife and forestry.
Stephen completed his Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Pennsylvania State University as well as a dual degree Master of Science in Forest Resources and Operations Research. He currently teaches course regarding nonmarket forest values, forest recreation management, and forest resources survey. In 2006, Stephen was named a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters and given the Outstanding Peer-reviewed Publication award in 2011 by the Mississippi Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He also received in 2012 the 2011 the Mississippi Wildlife Federation Forest Conservationist of the Year Award. Last, he is a leading consultant for the Rainforest Alliance forest certification program.
Dr Shirley Hanshaw
Research Interests: African American Literature, multi-ethnic literature, technical writing
Shirley Hanshaw is an Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University. After more than thirty years in academia and the Federal government, Shirley A. James Hanshaw joined the Mississippi State University English Department in 2005. Her areas of specialization include African American literature, multi-ethnic literature and technical writing, which she has taught in colleges and universities in Delaware and Mississippi. During a six-year hiatus from academia, she served as technical writer/editor for the Coastal Engineering Research Center, Corps of Engineers, in Vicksburg, MS, where she garnered commendations and awards for her work with the Coastal Engineering Research Board. Prior to and since her stint with the Federal government, she has been a recipient of several academic awards, including a six-year Associateship for Outstanding Teaching in the Sciences and Humanities by the Danforth Foundation and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship. Her diverse literary research interests have led to scholarly presentations across the African Diaspora—from Senegal and Ghana in West Africa to the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas—and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Most recently, her scholarly pursuits have led to presentations at L’Universite’ Paris 8 in France and Lund University in Lund, Sweden. She earned the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English with a minor in French.
Dr Robert Harland
Research Interests: Mexican and European Spanish literature, Catalan literature, and Spanish History
Robert Harland is an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages at Mississippi State Unviersity, and he received Ph.D. from University of Wales , Cardiff . Dr. Harland specializes in Spanish literature, Mexican short story, and Hispanic cinema. His research focuses on Mexican and European Spanish literature, Catalan literature, and Spanish history. Dr. Harland has taught Spanish, Catalan and French at degree level in both Great Britain and the USA , and has had many long stays in Spain as well as a year in El Paso TX at UTEP. He has gone to many conferences in all three countries giving papers on a wide variety of topics in addition to writing for academic journals. He has been at MSU since Fall 2003.
Dr Ardian Harri
Research Interests: Economic and statistical methods to analyze the economic factors inherent in the production and marketing of agricultural products
Dr. Ardian Harri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture Economics at Mississippi State University. His research focuses on the use of econometric and statistical methods to analyze the economic factors inherent in the production and marketing of agricultural products. Ardian has published several articles in the top agricultural economics journals including the American Journal of Agriculture, Review of Agriculture Economics, and the Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics. He has also authored chapters in several books regarding economics and spoken at various lectures on his expertise.
Harri also teaches graduate classes in econometrics, survey design and agribusiness risk as well as the undergraduate commodity and financial futures market class. He also has been the Primary Investigator for numerous projects and has received funding from Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative, and the Office of Research and Economic Development at MSU. Dr. Ardian has received several honors in his career including being a Fulbright Scholar at Oklahoma State University and the Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award.
Dr Nicholas Herrmann
Research Interests: Skeletal Biology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology, Southeastern Archaeology, and Paleopathology
Nicholas Herrmann is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Mississippi State University. His research focuses on Skeletal Biology, Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology, Southeastern Archaeology, and Paleopathology. He has contributed numerous articles in refered journals including The Highland Creek Site: Middle to Late Archaic Wetland Utilization in Western Kentucky; Handbook of North American Indians: Environment, Origins, and Population; and the Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. In addition, he has written several articles and abstracts for refereed journals and has a manuscript in the press titled Sacred Landscapes of the Southeast: Prehistoric Rock and Cave Art in Tennessee.
Dr. Herrmann completed his Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2002. He received both his Master of Arts in Biological Anthroplogy and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. From 2002 to 2003, Herrmann held a postdoctoral position at the University of Tennessee, and in 2004, she began her work as a research assistant professor at the University of Tenessee until 2008. In 2008, Nicholas joined the Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures faculty at Mississippi State as an assistant professor where he has transitioned to Associate Professor within the department. Nicholas has received numerous grants, honors, and awards during his time in academia including grants from the National Institute of Justice, the StatePride award from Mississippi State University, and Researcher of the Month from Mississippi State University.
Dr David Hoffman
Research Interests: Conservation Policy and Practice, Parks and Migration, Comanagement, Community-based Conservation, Conservation and Development, Central America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Political Ecology, Environmental Anthropology, Marine Protected Areas, Fishing Peoples and Cultures, Maritime Anthropology, Sustainable Development, Livelihoods, Tourism.
Regional Focus/Interests: Central America, Costa Rica, Mexico
Dr. David Hoffman is a Cultural Anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures at Mississippi State University. His professional interests include conservation policy and practice, human migration and conservation, community-based conservation, comanagement and policy of marine protected areas, political ecology, environmental anthropology, fishing people and cultures, maritime anthropology, sustainable, development, tourism and livelihoods. Since 2009, Dr. Hoffman’s research has focused on investigating the motivations and movement of internal migrants to the edges of Costa Rican parks and protected areas. Dr. Hoffman is currently managing a three-year NSF project modeling these movements around three Costa Rican National Parks. As a J. William Fulbright Scholar, Hoffman’s dissertation fieldwork in 2003-2004 investigated coastal conservation and community-based management in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
In 2006, Hoffman received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Colorado. Following his time in Boulder, Hoffman was an assistant professor at the University for Peace in Costa Rica until 2008 when he joined the faculty at Mississippi State University. Since 2007, Hoffman has been an editor for the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group’s Working Paper Series. He has also presented numerous lectures on various topics at conferences including the American Anthropological Association’s annual meetings and the Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. For Dr. Hoffman’s complete Curriculum Vita, please visit his faculty page at http://www.amec.msstate.edu/faculty/hoffman.php.
Dr Mark Horstemeyer
Professor & Endowed Chair
Areas of Expertise: Solid mechanics, microstructure-property constitutive modeling, finite deformation inelasticity, damage evolution, fracture, composites, electromigration-stress voiding, fatigue, penetration, and impact; numerical modeling of nano- and microstructural mechanics; atomistic simulations; finite element analyses of manufacturing methods such as forming, forging, and other metal processing methods.
Dr. Horstemeyer joined the Bagley College of Engineering as CAVS' senior manager of computational manufacturing and design thrust and a chair professor of mechanical engineering. In 2004, he became a computational engineering professor. He has mentored more than 75 students helping ensure their success at the university. In addition to his regular teaching duties, he has worked with other faculty members to introduce new courses, creating a degree-supplementing automotive engineering certificate.
An active researcher, his work focuses on multiscale materials modeling, structure-property constitutive modeling, finite deformation inelasticity, damage evolution, fracture, composites, fatigue, penetration, and impact; numerical modeling of nano- and microstructural mechanics; atomistic modeling; finite element analyses of manufacturing methods such as forming, forging, and other metal processing methods and laid the fundation for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). He also serves as senior scientist of the Department of Defense Simulation Based Reliability and Safety Center.
Dr. Horstemeyer holds a bachelor's from West Virginia University. He earned an engineering mechanics master's degree from Ohio State in 1987 and a doctorate from Georgia Tech. Prior to entering the field of academia he spent 15 years moving up the ranks at the Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California.
Dr Kevin Hunt
Research Interests: Human Dimensions of wildlife, fisheries, and law enforcement
Kevin Hunt is a Human Dimensions faculty in WFA with background as a fisheries biologist/sociologist, and also runs the Conservation Law Enforcement option in the department. His main research area is studying consumptive outdoor recreation (hunting, fishing, and wildlife violators). Over the past few years he has been trying to start research in the Caribbean region, and has done work in Puerto Rico.
Dr Bryan Jones
Research Interests: Robotics, monocular SLAM, autonomous micro air vehicles, real-time systems, GPU desktop supercomputing, real-time mechanics for continuum robots, statics and mechanics for Cosserat rods
Bryan Jones is an Assistant Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University. His research interests include robotics, real-time control-system implementation, rapid prototyping for real-time systems, and modeling and analysis of mechatronic systems. Bryan has authored articles for various journals including the International Journal of Robotics Research, the Journal of Engineering Design and Innovation, and IEEE Transaction on Robotics. In addition, he has given numerous presentations and lectures at related conferences.
Jones (S’00–M’05) received his B.S.E.E. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University, Houston, TX, in 1995 and 2002, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, in 2005. From 1996 to 2000, he was a Hardware Design Engineer for Compaq, specializing in board layout for high-availability RAID controllers. During his time at Mississippi State University, Jones has taught various courses included “Microprocessors” and “Introduction to Robotics;” in 2010 and 2011 he received the honor of being given StatePride Faculty Award.
Dr Jack Jordan
Research Interests: Proust and Chamoiseau
Dr. Jack Jordan is Professor and Department Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Mississippi State University. Dr. Jordan holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt, M.A. from George Washington University , and a Ph.D. from University of Virginia . His areas of specialization include literature, philosophy, and francophone culture. His research focuses on Proust and Chamoiseau. Dr. Jordan has published a book, articles, and a chapter in the Cambridge Companion to Proust on Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu as well as articles on Francophone literature of the Caribbean and Africa . He was chosen the Mississippi State University 2005 Humanities Teacher of the Year. He is the HARP Senior Research Fellow 2006-07.
Dr Rocky Lemus
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Research Interests: nutrient management of bioenergy crops, establishment and management of forage cultivars, alfalfa competition with warm-season perennial grasses, winter annual grasses, forage quality, nitrogen use efficiency in forage system, legume compatibility systems, weed control of invasive species in pastures and management strategies for year-round grazing.
Rocky Lemus is an Associate Extension/Research Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University. He is also an Extension Forage Specialist for the MSU Extension Service. Lemus’ extension and research programs focus on nutrient management of bioenergy crops, establishment and management of forage cultivars, alfalfa competition with warm-season perennial grasses, winter annual grasses, forage quality, nitrogen use efficiency in forage system, legume compatibility systems, weed control of invasive species in pastures and management strategies for year-round grazing.
He has co-authored 16 refereed journal articles, 1 book translation,2 book chapter, 62 abstracts, 32 extension publications, 74 monthly newsletters, over 60 radio programs, and numerous interviews and popular magazine articles. He has received several awards including the 2012 Early-Career Award in Technology Transfer (American Society of Agronomy-Southern Branch), the 2011 Wesley Farmer Outstanding Specialist (Mississippi Association of County Agricultural Agents) and the 2011 Gamma Sigma Delta Extension Award of Merit (Mississippi Chapter). He serves as a peer reviewer for multiple scientific journals including Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, Forage and Grazinglands, and Bioenergy Research among others. In the last 5 years, Dr. Lemus has been able to successfully secure over $650,000 in research grants. Lemus also provides academic advising to 2 graduate students and serves in graduate, university, regional and national committees.
Lemus have developed international experience in grazing systems and in the last two years, he has worked closely with US-AID and Partners of the Americas through the Farmer to Farmer program in Nicaragua. His work involves providing outreach programs and demonstrations to small cattle producers on sustainable grazing.
Dr Anna Linhoss
Research Interests: Hydrology, ecology, modeling, watershed management and climate change
Areas of Interest: Southeastern Region of the United States and the Southern Region of Africa
Anna Linhoss is an Assistant Professor of Agriculture and Biological Engineering at Mississippi State University. Her research focuses on hydrology, ecology, modeling, watershed management and climate change. She has authored numerous articles in refereed journals including the Ecological Modeling, The Florida Scientist, and the International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management.
Anna completed her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida as well as a Master of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Georgia. From 2005 to 2007, Linhoss worked as an environmental scientist at Michael Baker Engineering in Asheville, North Carolina, and in 2011, she began her work as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida until December 2012. In January 2013, Anna joined the Agricultural and Biological Engineering faculty at Mississippi State as an assistant professor where she currently serves. More information regarding Dr. Linhoss’ work in the Hydrology and Ecology Lab at Mississippi State can be found at www.hydroecologylab.com.
Ms Lisa Long
Research Associate II (L,P,S)
Research Skills: Multi-methods survey design and implementation; program evaluation; community-based participatory research (CBPR).
Research Interests: Early Childhood Education and Development; Community Needs Assessments; Community Development; Children and Families affected by Conflict, Emergencies and/or Natural Disasters; Healthy Lifestyles Education for Children.
Regional Focus/Interests: Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, United States.
Ms. Long holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology / Sociology from Rhodes College, and a Master of Arts in International Educational Development with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked for two years in Albania as the Education Manager for Catholic Relief Services and International Rescue Committee and has four years of direct service experience with young children and their families in preschools in Ramallah, Palestine and in the Bronx, NYC. Ms. Long also worked as an advisor to a rural preschool in Ghana. She is a native English speaker with basic French language skills.
Before joining the SSRC, Ms. Long worked both internationally and domestically with the international NGO, Save the Children, as their Senior Education Specialist in Early Childhood Development (ECD). Ms. Long strengthened technical capacity of ECD projects across varying contexts, provided technical direction/training to headquarters’ programs, country offices and US sites in design, implementation and evaluation of programs, and integration of ECD programs across disciplines. She also represented Save the Children as Co-Convener for the international ECD in Emergencies Working Group, and provided technical assistance and resources to those working with vulnerable children and their families in countries in conflict, post-conflict and countries affected by natural disaster. Ms. Long is a certified primary school teacher and has experience teaching inside both American and international classrooms.
Long’s work within the Family and Children Research Unit of the SSRC has included an evaluation of the Mississippi Healthy Students Act of 2007, a survey with Mississippi public school kindergarten teachers about the state of school readiness among kindergarten students, and designing classroom activities to promote healthy foods and lifestyles for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children.
Dr Robert McMillen
Assoc Prof/Assoc Director
Research Interests: Tobacco control and prevention, health policy, obesity, diabetes
Research Skills: Survey design/implementation, multivariate analyses
Expertise: Social Climate Analysis, tobacco policy and behavior
Regional Focus/Interests: Mississippi, United States, Europe
Dr. McMillen is an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University, and serves as the Coordinator of the Social Science Research Center’s Tobacco Control Unit. He has more than 14 years experience with research on tobacco and SHS exposure research, with a demonstrated record of productive research and outreach using primary and secondary datasets on the social climate of tobacco.
For the past 6 years, he has served as the Principal Investigator of the Data and Datasets Project of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence. Through a grant from the Mississippi State Department of Health, Dr. McMillen serves as the Principal Investigator for Surveillance & Evaluation of the Mississippi Tobacco Control Program. He also serves as Chair for the SHS Prevention Committee of the Mississippi Tobacco Control Network. In recognition of his research contributions, he was awarded the 2006 Prevention of Cancer in Mississippi Award by the Mississippi Partnership of Comprehensive Cancer Control.
His research has been published in Pediatrics, the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Rural Health, the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association, and Psychological Record. Through the Mississippi Health Policy Research Center, Dr. McMillen has published numerous fact sheets and policy papers that have informed decisions about health risk behaviors and chronic disease in Mississippi. His research has been supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, the Mississippi State Department of Health, The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, the American Cancer Society, North Mississippi Medical Center, the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program, My Brother’s Keeper, and the Center for Mississippi Health Policy.
Dr Somya Mohanty
Assistant Research Professor
Research Interests: Data mining, content analysis, social media data, information/network security, cryptographic protocols, machine learning and distributed storage architectures
Research Skills: Algorithm design, system architecture development, software development, web-application programming, big data analysis.
Expertise: Social media data analysis, web-application development
Dr. Somya D. Mohanty received his Master’s degree in Computer Science from Florida State University and his doctorate from the department of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University. His doctoral research focused on designing security kernels for distributed applications.
Dr. Mohanty is currently the lead Data Scientist/Systems Architect on the Social Media Tracking and Analysis System (SMTAS) project with the Innovative Data Laboratory at the Social Science Research Center. SMTAS was developed to help researchers answer new sociological questions by the virtue of social media. Dr. Mohanty works on the three core systems of SMTAS, 1) Data Acquisition (from social media networks), 2) Data Organization and 3) Data Analysis Modules. He designs system architectures capable of handling Big Data and develops algorithms to gain insights from the data in real-time. He also contributes to the server architecture design with the use of dynamic scalable components capable of handling large data influx (Big Data). The work involved in SMTAS also includes researching current advances in social media and data mining technologies.
Somya’s other research interests include information/network security, cryptographic protocols, content analysis, machine learning and distributed storage architectures.
Dr David Monts
Research Interests: Identification and characterization of molecules and atoms by laser and optical spectroscopy. Development of new experimental techniques (including spectral imaging, laser-induced fluorescence spectrometry, and photofragmentation laser induced fluorescence spectrometry) for identification and characterization of atomic and molecular species in unusual environments. Optical pyrometry. Spectral and multispectral imaging for characterization.
David L. Monts is a Professor of Physics at Mississippi State University. His research interests include identification and characterization of molecules and atoms by laser and optical spectroscopy, development of new experimental techniques (including spectral imaging, laser-induced fluorescence spectrometry, and photofragmentation-laser induced fluorescence spectrometry) for identification and characterization of atomic and molecular species in unusual environment, optical pyrometry, and spectral and multispectral imaging for characterization. David has written articles for various journals including the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy; the Journal of Chemical Physics; the Journal of Chemical Education; Naturwissenschaften; the International Journal of Remote Sensing; Water, Air & Soil Pollution; and the International Journal of Phytoremediation. In addition, he has authored a book, reviewed numerous book chapters and given presentations at various conferences.
Dr Minion Morrison
Prof & Head/Sr Fellow AA St
Research Interests: Comparative politics of the developing world, focusing on Africa politics; and racial politics in the Americas
Minion Kenneth Chauncey "KC" Morrison is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Mississippi State University, where he is also Senior Associate in African American Studies.
Morrison’s publications have appeared in the two broad fields of African and Afro-American politics. Among these are several books: Race and Democracy in the Americas: Brazil and the United States (forthcoming); African Americans and Political Participation (2003); Black Political Mobilization, Leadership and Power (1987); Housing and Urban Poor in Africa (1982), edited with Peter Gutkind; and Ethnicity and Political Integration (1982). Also many articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Polity, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Publius, and American Political Science Review.
The educational training of KC Morrison includes a B. A. cum laude in Political
Science at Tougaloo College (1968), and M. A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1977) in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the undergraduate years Morrison participated in the Washington Semester Program at American University (DC), the Foreign Affairs Scholars Program as a Foreign Service intern at the State Department, and as a student leader in an African/Asian nation building study tour.
The professional pursuit of African Studies began for Morrison when he did his
first fieldwork in Africa in 1968. Since then he has traveled widely over the African
Continent, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe doing field work and consulting related to his research and teaching on African politics and society.
Though the professional work of Morrison was initially centered on African politics, he later expanded this to include the politics of Black America. His research, writings and teachings in this area have been concentrated on electoral politics in the South.
Dr John Mylroie
Research Interests: cave and karst development on oceanic carbonate islands to determine global paleoclimate, hydrocarbon reservoirs, and development of water resources
John Mylroie is Professor of Geology at Mississippi State University. John’s research interests include cave and karst development on oceanic carbonate islands such as San Salvador Island, Bahamas; Isle de Mona, Puerto Rico; and Guam & Saipan in the Marianas, with an eye to determining global paleoclimate, and development of water resources. He has authored numerous articles for journals including the Journal of Cave & Karst Studies, the Journal of Coastal Research, and the Journal of Sedimentary Research. He recently co-edited a major book, Coastal Karst Landforms.
Dr. Mylroie received his Ph.D. in from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1977. He also attended the U.S. Navy Fleet Sonar “A” School and the U.S. Navy Fleet Electronics in 1972. From 1977 to 1985, John worked at Murray State University, first as an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor of Geology. In 1985, he joined the faculty at Mississippi State University as an Associate Professor followed by Professor to the present time. He is a registered professional geologist in the State of Mississippi. John was named a Fellow of the National Speleogical Socity in 1976, received the Society’s Science Award in 2000, and its highest award, Honorary Member, in 2008. He is a member of numerous organizations including the Explorers Club, Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and the American Geological Institute.
Dr Robert Otondo
Robert Otondo is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at Mississippi State University. Dr. Otondo received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University and his MBA in Business from California State University. He also holds a master in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Entomology from the University of California. Robert has written articles for numerous journals including the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Global Information Technology Management, and the Journal of Small Business Management. In addition, he has given numerous presentations regarding his expertise throughout the world. In 2005, Robert joined the faculty at Mississippi State University and has taught courses such as “Decision Support Systems,” “Microcomputers and Networks,” and “Management Information Systems.”
Dr Lindsey Peterson
Research Interests: Political Sociology, Stratification/Global Stratification, Foreign Aid and Philanthropy, Health, Development and Gender
Dr. Lindsey Peterson is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University. Her research focuses on political sociology, stratification/global stratification, foreign aid, development, health and gender. She primarily conducts cross-national and comparative research, with a focus on developing countries. She has authored numerous articles in refereed journals including Context, Social Forces, the International Journal of Sociology and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. She has also given various presentations on stratification, foreign aid, and political sociology at professional conferences.
Dr. Peterson completed her Ph.D. in sociology at Ohio State University in August 2011 with the dissertation “The Global Network of Aid: DAC Flows and INGOs.” At Ohio State, Peterson was a Graduate Research Associate for funded projects, and received several honors for her work including the Mershon Center for International Security Student Research Grant and a research fellowship from the RGK Center for Philanthropy at the University of Texas-Austin. Peterson joined the Mississippi State Department of Sociology in 2011 where she teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses related to social inequality/stratification, social change, and power.
Dr Kathleen Ragsdale
Associate Research Professor
Research Interests: eHealth interventions for public health promotion; social determinants of health disparities; nutrition education and behavior; adolescent pregnancy prevention; HIV/STI prevention; high risk drinking; vulnerable youth and young adults.
Expertise: Development and implementation of culturally informed multimethods research projects. Training/managing staff to conduct needs assessments, field research, and program evaluation. Conducting community-engaged needs assessments by building multi-sector relationships to foster effective collaboration in diverse international and domestic settings. Community-based participatory research (CBPR). Gender equity.
Regional Focus/Interests: Latin America and the Caribbean, Southeastern United States, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Kathleen Ragsdale is an Associate Research Professor of Medical Anthropology at the Social Science Research Center of Mississippi State University. She has more than 15 years of experience conducting multimethods research focused on how individual, community-level, and structural factors shape health outcomes—especially among youth and young adults.
Ragsdale has conducted health disparities research in diverse urban and rural sites in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US, including Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, the US Virgin Islands, New York City, and the Mississippi Delta. Her research projects focus on at-risk populations, such as brothel workers in Belize, incarcerated women on New York’s Rikers Island, and substance abuse treatment clients in the Mississippi Delta. Her funders have included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), UN Women (formerly UNIFEM), and USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA).
Most recently, Ragsdale has become engaged in using social media and eHealth to impact public health promotion. She is PI on the USDA NIFA-funded eBaby Project, which develops culturally relevant YouTube videos to enhance infant feeding outcomes among minority teen mothers. She is Co-PI on the USAID-funded Feed the Future Innovation Laboratory for Soybean Value Chain Research (Soybean Innovation Laboratory (SIL), which is focused on rural agricultural empowerment and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. For this multi-year project, Ragsdale and colleagues propose to leverage previously validated survey instruments—including the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI)—to collect household-level longitudinal data among smallholder farmers in intervention and control communities in rural Ghana and Mozambique.
Dr Raja Reddy
Research Interest: Environmental control of plant growth and development, crop simulation modeling and applications, Global change biology, and remote sensing applications in natural resource management
Areas of Expertise: Environmental Plant Physiology, Global change biology, Crop simulation modeling and applications, remote sensing applications.
With more than 25 years at MSU, Dr. Reddy currently serves as a research professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. He teaches graduate courses in environmental plant physiology and crop modeling. His research focuses on environmental plant physiology, global change biology, crop modeling, and remote sensing. He uses sunlit plant growth chambers to quantify basic plant growth and physiological responses to environmental factors and then applies those functional algorithms and knowledge to develop simulation models for a wide range of issues.
Dr. Reddy holds a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Sri Venkateswara University, India. Dr. Reddy reaches stakeholders through several avenues including (a) books edited: 1; (b) book chapters: 30; (c) refereed journals: 115; (d) proceedings, popular and technical reports: 82; (e) Web-based articles and bulletins: 3; (f) invited lectures: 83; and (g) symposia presentations: 240. Since 2008, he has been awarded research grants (as PI and Co-PI) totaling $5,734,524. A fellow in the Crop Science Society of America (2006) and the American Society of Agronomy (2005), Dr. Reddy is esteemed among his peers, achieving numerous recognitions for his contributions, including MSU’s highest research honor, the Ralph Powe Research Excellence Award (2012). He has also received the MSU State Pride Award (2010, 2011); the CALS Science Award for outstanding scientific publications (2012, 2002); the DAFVM Rosalind and Rodney Foil Team Work Award (2012, 2013); and the Award of Excellence, Outstanding Work in MAFES (2006), among others. Dr. Reddy’s lab has attracted more than 25 visiting scientists from around the world, and several students have graduated under his supervision. Additional information can be found at www.spar.msstate.edu
Dr Brian Shoup
Research Interests: Comparative Politics: Ethnic Conflict, State Building, African Politics, Nationalism, Electoral Systems, Development, Democratization, Political Economy. Public Policy: Redistributive Politics, Property Rights, Public Choice Theory, Comparative Public Policy, Co-production
Teaching Interests: Civil Wars and Revolutions, Ethnic Conflicts, Nationalism, African Politics, Politics of South Asia, Public Policy, Research Methods, Comparative Politics
Dr. Brian Shoup is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration where he teaches comparative politics and public policy. His primary research interests are ethnic conflict, state and nation-building and sub-Saharan African politics. He serves as faculty adviser for the Mississippi Model Security Council.
Professor Shoup is the author of Conflict and Cooperation in Multi-Ethnic States: Institutional Incentives, Myths, and Counterbalancing, and he co-edited US-Indian Strategic Cooperation into the 21st Century: More than Words. His research has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Democratization, Journal of Democracy, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics.
Dr. Shoup holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University with a focus in comparative politics and public policy.
Dr Colleen Sinclair
Research Interests: The initiation, maintenance, and deterioration of intimate relationships and the role of social networks in each stage of relationship development. Also maintain interests in intimate aggression and intergroup relations (especially as it relates to policy).
Research Skills: Social-experimental study designs, experimental survey designs, online studies, multi-method designs, have minors in Law, Quantitative Methods, and Interpersonal Relationships Research.
Expertise: Social network effects on romantic relationship development, marginalized relationships (e.g., interracial relationships), the perceptions and perpetration of stalking behavior, distributive social justice policies.
Regional Focus/Interests: Northern Ireland, China, South America, sub-cultures within the United States
Dr. Colleen Sinclair received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2004. In 2005, she began teaching at Mississippi State University as an Assistant Professor and was recently promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. Dr. Sinclair also accepted the position of research fellow at the Social Science Research Center in 2008.
Colleen Sinclair’s research falls into two primary categories within interpersonal relationships research: 1) intimate violence and 2) social networks. In the former area, her research has primarily focused on perceptions and predictors of stalking behavior. In the latter area, her research has primarily focused on how the opinions of social networks (and society at large) affect the development of romantic relationships. Her lab, to date, is the only lab experimentally examining the effects of social approval or disapproval on relationship initiation, maintenance processes, and termination. Special interest is paid to marginalized relationships (e.g., same-sex, interracial, inter-faith) where couple members might face disapproval from their immediate social network as well as prejudice within a culture. The impact of prejudice on romantic relationships is a burgeoning interest.
Currently, the Advanced Social Psychology lab is the largest operating lab in the Psychology department at Mississippi State. She also serves on multiple thesis committees yearly. While at Mississippi State, she has been presented with several awards. Most recently, she was awarded the State Pride Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement, the Oldham Outstanding Mentorship Award, the MSU Most Influential Teacher Award, the MSU Student Association College of Arts and Sciences Professor Recognition Award, and one of 20 faculty invited to be a part of the VP for Research Faculty Leadership Program.
Dr John Usher
Professor and Head
Research Interests: Design and Analysis of Production System, Systems Simulation Modeling and Analysis
Dr. John M. Usher is the Professor and Department Head of Industrial Engineering at Mississippi State University. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences at Louisiana State University. He also holds graduate degrees in both Chemical and Industrial Engineering from LSU, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. Prior to his academic career, John worked with Texas Instruments in the area of process development for the manufacture of multi-layer printed circuit boards. During his tenure, John’s research interests focus on systems simulation, modeling, and analysis, as well as employing artificial intelligence in software environments to enhance system operation. Applications of his research include both manufacturing and transportation. His research has been funded by US Department of Transportation, the National Center for Intermodal Transportation, US Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Navy, NASA, and other sponsors. He has published numerous papers in technical journals and conference proceedings, and serves on the editorial staff for several journals. John is a registered professional engineer in Mississippi and a senior member of IIE and SME.
Dr Andrea Varela-Stokes
Research Interests: Tick-borne diseases, primarily Ehrlichia and Borrelia.
Teaching Interest: Parasitology
Dr. Andrea Varela-Stokes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests include Tick-borne diseases, including Ehrlichia and Borrelia. In 2001, she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University and completed her Ph.D. in infectious diseases at the University of Georgia in 2004. Dr. Varela-Stokes has been at Mississippi State University since 2007. Dr. Stokes has authored numerous articles including journals such as Emerging Infectious Diseases, Entomology, the Journal of Medical Entomology, and the Journal of Parasitology.
Aside from her research interests, Dr. Varela-Stokes is passionate about teaching and international veterinary medicine. She currently teaches Veterinary Parasitology and Helminthology, and lectures in the Wildlife Diseases course and various other courses at CVM and on the main MSU campus. Her interest in parasites and global health developed as an undergraduate and veterinary student and she traveled three times to Kenya to study parasites in various wildlife hosts. Although she now stays within domestic borders studying the fascinating world of tick-borne disease, she hopes to impart her general passion for research, parasites and international veterinary medicine, to all students who cross her path.
Dr Lurleen Walters
Research Interests: Farm labor and US immigration policy issues, local food markets, international economic development, food policy and behavioral economics.
Lurleen M. Walters is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University. Her research interests include farm labor and US immigration policy issues, local food markets, international economic development, and food policy and behavioral economics. Lurleen has co-authored articles for journals including The Social Sciences Journal of the University of the West Indies, the Journal of Food Products Marketing, and the Review of Applied Economics, and has presented at related conferences in the US and internationally.
Dr. Walters received her Ph.D. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Alabama A&M University. She was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Florida, and an assistant professor of agribusiness at Florida A&M University, prior to joining the Agricultural Economics faculty at Mississippi State University in August 2013.
Dr Claudia Williamson
Associate Prof & Co-Director
Teaching Focus: International Economic Development, Microeconomics
Research Interests: Applied Microeconomics, Political Economy of Development, and Effectiveness of Development Policies
Claudia R. Williamson is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Mississippi State University. Her research focuses on applied microeconomics, the political economy of development, and the effectiveness of development policies, such as foreign aid. She has authored numerous articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Public Choice, and Southern Economic Journal. She has also contributed multiple chapters to edited books, written book reviews, and policy briefs.
Claudia completed her Ph.D. in economics at West Virginia University in May 2008. She spent the 2007-2008 year at George Mason University as the F.A. Hayek Visiting Scholar in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She was a post-doctoral fellow at the Development Research Institute of New York University from 2009-2012 and she spent the 2008-2009 year as an assistant professor of economics at Appalachian State University. During the summer of 2007, she performed fieldwork on land titling in rural Peru. More information including her complete Curriculum Vitae can be downloaded at www.claudiawilliamson.com.
Dr Russ Woodroofe
Research Interests: Geometric combinatorics, including connections to algebra.
Regions of Interest: Eastern Europe, and the Gulf region from my time in Qatar
Russ Woodroofe is an Assistant Professor in Mathematic and Statistics at Mississippi State University. Russ completed his Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University in 2005. He taught in the State of Qatar for 3 years, before taking a postdoctoral appointment at Washington University in St. Louis. Woodroofe joined the Mississippi State faculty in 2012 as an Assistant professor.
Woodroofe’s interests include geometric and topological combinatorics, including connections to group theory and commutative algebra. He has written a number of journal articles, including articles that have appeared in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society and Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A. In addition, he has given numerous research presentations at conferences and workshops throughout the world. More information regarding Dr. Woodroofe’s work can be found on his webpage http://rwoodroofe.math.msstate.edu/.
Dr Shu-hui Wu
Research Interests: Traditional Chinese culture and literature. Modern Chinese and Taiwanese intellectual history, Qing frontier history, Taiwanese history, Ancient Chinese History
Shu-Hui Wu is an Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University. Her research interests include 18th century Qing political and military history, 19th and 20th century Chinese and Taiwanese intellectual history, Japanese colonialism in Taiwan and History of Ancient China. Wu is the a published author of the work Lien Heng (1878-1936). Taiwan's Search for Identity and Tradition, and she has written numerous articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Third World Studies, the Journal of Chinese Military History, and the Journal of Military and Strategic Studies. In addition, Wu has participated in many conferences and presentations throughout the world including the U.S., Hungary, Costa Rica, and Canada.
Dr. Wu completed her Ph.D. at Freie University of Berlin, Germany, in December of 1993. She then became an assistant professor of History at Columbus State University in 1996 until 1999. It was at this time Wu joined the History Department at Mississippi State University, first as an Assistant Professor and later as an Associate Professor in 2004. During her time in academia, Wu has taught a variety of courses including "East Asian Civilization To 1300," "The Far East," and "Chinese Military History." Her recent honors include the Distinguished Leadership and Scholarship Awards in 2003 from the Association of Third World Studies, a fellowship for distinguished scholars from the Center for Chinese Studies in 2007 and the HARP fellowship in 2007 from the College of Arts and Sciences at Mississippi State University.