Dr. Craig Albert, Assistant Professor
Craig Douglas Albert is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Augusta University. He received his PhD in International Relations and American Politics from the University of Connecticut in 2009. His research interests include ethnic conflict and terrorism; the theologico-political problem; and political science education. His work has been published in journals including Politics, East European Politics, Iran and the Caucasus, and Journal of Political Science Education. He co-founded and directs Augusta University's Model United Nations Program and teaches courses on American Politics, Security Studies, and Political Philosophy, as well as topics of special interest, including Zombies and International Relations; Hip Hop and Politics; and James Bond and Terrorism. He is a political opinion contributor to The Augusta Chronicle.
Dr. Christos Bourdouvalis, Professor
Dr. Christos Bourdouvalis is a Professor at Augusta University. He is native of Greece
and he earned his Ph.D. at Florida State University. Before he arrived at Augusta
University, he taught at Virginia Tech for three years.
Dr. Martha Ginn, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean
Dr. Martha Ginn is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Assistant Dean of Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Augusta University.
She earned her doctorate in American Politics from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include judicial decision-making, public opinion of the judiciary, media coverage of elections, and the role of terrorism in voter turnout.
Her work has been published in journals such as Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Justice Systems Journal, Political Research Quarterly, and Judicature.
Dr. Augustine Hammond, Associate Professor
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Dr. William Hatcher, Associate Professor and Director, MPA Program
Dr. Hatcher is Director of Augusta University's Master of Public Administration program and an Associate Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on the administrative features of community development and public finance. His research agenda tries to understand why public administration scholars and practitioners often have different opinions regarding the efficacy of certain administrative practices. His research has appeared in journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Administration Quarterly, and The Review of Regional Studies. In the Department of Political Science, he teaches courses on public administration and public policy. He received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 2010.
Mr. John "Jay" Heslen, Assistant Professor
John “Jay” Heslen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Augusta University and serves on faculty at Augusta University’s Cyber Institute. Before coming to Augusta University, Professor Heslen served as an intelligence officer with both the Defense Intelligence Agency and the United States Air Force, specializing in combatting terrorism, counterintelligence, and strategic cyber intelligence. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve and has served in military operations on four continents to include humanitarian relief operations in Mozambique and South Africa as well as a combat tour in Afghanistan. Professor Heslen earned a BA in History from the University of Georgia, an MA in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and is preparing to defend his PhD dissertation in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. In his capacity as a military reservist, he is currently assigned to the National Intelligence University pursing an advanced degree in Strategic Intelligence. His research interests include cyber conflict, the influence of cognitive bias on discrimination, and applying the tenets of coalitional psychology to international relations theory. Professor Heslen is married with 3 children.
Dr. Lance Hunter, Assistant Professor
Lance Y. Hunter is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Augusta University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Texas Tech University in 2011. His research focuses on the effect domestic political factors have on interstate conflict and terrorism and the influence terrorism has on political behavior in democracies. His work has appeared in journals such as: Journal of Peace Research, Terrorism and Political Violence, Party Politics, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Armed Forces and Society, Conflict, Security and Development, and the International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies. Dr. Hunter teaches courses in International Relations, Security Studies, and Research Methods.
Ms. Nadia Jilani-Hyler, Lecturer
Professor Jilani-Hyler teaches Introduction to American Government courses as well as upper level courses in International Relations and International Security Studies. Her research focuses on the nexus between international political economy and international security, particularly within the regions of the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and is currently working on her PhD through the same institution.
Dr. Mary-Kate Lizotte, Associate Professor
Dr. Wesley Meares, Assistant Professor
Dr. Meares is an assistant professor in political science and public administration at Augusta University. His research interests include housing, economic development, sustainability, urban politics and policy, and the role of nonprofits in neighborhood revitalization. He earned his PhD in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville, his MPA from Western Kentucky University and his BA in Political Science from LaGrange College. He has published a number of articles in top urban journals and coauthored a series of reports for the Housing Authority of Covington, a number of evaluation reports for nonprofit agencies and various impact studies for various private developers.
Dr. Gregg R. Murray, Associate Professor and Chair
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Dr. Sudha Ratan, Professor
Dr. Saundra J. Ribando, Professor
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Dr. Paolo Spadoni, Associate Professor
Mr. Chris Mezzetti, Adjunct Instructor
Mr. Mezzetti earned his undergraduate degree in 2002 and his Masters Degree in Public Administration in 2010 from Augusta State University. He began working as a Crime Analyst for the Columbia County Sherriff’s Office in 2005 and later became a sworn law enforcement officer for the State of Georgia. Besides assisting with surveillance operations, criminal street gang investigations, and intelligence matters concerning potential threats to the community, he also serves as a Deputy Crime and Intelligence Analyst. In addition to his professional law enforcement duties, he teaches the popular class Society, Law, and the Criminal (POLS 2000).
Dr. Jeanie Jenson, Professor Emerita
Dr. Ralph Walker, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Gwen Y. Wood, Professor Emerita
Mrs. Brit'ny Jackson, Administrative Assistant 1
Office Location: Allgood Hall, Room N312
Mrs. Jackson became the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Political Science in 2016. She spent 8 years in the U.S. Army as a surgical technician before retiring as a Sergeant. She is married with five daughters and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management. When she is fortunate enough to have spare time, she thoroughly enjoys cooking, music, and trying new cultural foods.
Ms. Erycha Medeiros, Office Assistant
Office Location: Allgood Hall, Room N312
Ms. Medeiros is the Office Assistant for the MPA Program and the Center for Public Service in the Political Science Department. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Georgia State University in 2013. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she worked in the GSU Middle East Institute as a Student Assistant. Her Art History degree focused on Middle Eastern and North African languages, history, culture, and, of course, art! Ms. Medeiros has a passionate interest in art, other cultures, food, travel, and gardening. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, pruning roses, walking her dogs along the canal, and building yard furniture out of pallets.
Ms. Joyce Tucker, Political Science Advisor in Academic Advisement
Office Location: University Hall, Room 262
Last updated 02DEC16.