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Are you interested in getting real-world work experience through internships in government, law, or nonprofit offices? How about participating with students from more than 70 countries in realistic simulations of the United Nations in New York City through our Model UN Program? Or competing in challenging Mock Trial competitions to learn about the law and a legal career?
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— Dr. Gregg Murray
Craig Douglas Albert is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Augusta University and the Director of the Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies Program. 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 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. Bourdouvalis’ area of specialization is the European Union Institutions. He frequently travels to Europe as part of his professional development. He is also Associate Director of the European Union Studies Program, a University System of Georgia collaborative program.
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.
A native of Ghana and graduate of the University of Akron, Dr. Hammond brings his research in social policy and economic development into the classroom to help students understand the nature of social and economic problems and the impact they have on individuals and societies as a whole.
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 doctorate from Mississippi State University in 2010.
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, Dr. Heslen served as an intelligence officer with both the Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Air Force, specializing in combatting terrorism, counterintelligence, and strategic cyber intelligence. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. 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.
His research interests include cyber conflict, the influence of cognitive bias on discrimination, and coalitional psychology in international relations.
Dr. Heslen earned his PhD in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He is married with three children.
Lance Y. Hunter is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Augusta University. He received his doctorate 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.
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 doctorate through the same institution.
Dr. Lizotte earned her doctorate in Political Science from Stony Brook University. Her research interests include political behavior and gender and public opinion. Much of her work is concerned with the origins and implications of gender differences in public opinion, often referred to as "gender gaps."
In addition to her work on public opinion, she has also published research on the gender gap in voting, political knowledge, and party identification. Her work has been published in edited volumes as well as Politics & Gender; Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy; The Social Science Journal; and Journal of Conflict Resolution.
She teaches undergraduate courses on American Government, Congress and the Presidency, and Research Methods. She also teaches Public Policy Analysis in the Masters of Public Administration Program.
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 doctorate in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville, his MPA from Western Kentucky University and his Bachelor of Arts degree 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.
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. Murray is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Political Science at Augusta University. His research focuses on political behavior with specific interests in voter mobilization and turnout. His research has appeared in journals such as American Politics Research, Expert Systems with Applications, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Political Marketing, Political Psychology, Political Research Quarterly, Politics and the Life Sciences, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Science Research.
He is also the Executive Director of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences and author of the “Caveman Politics” blog at Psychology Today.
He teaches courses on political behavior and research methods. He received his doctorate
from the University of Houston in 2003.
Dr. Ratan earned her doctorate in Political Science from the University of South Carolina in 1993. She specializes in the politics of India as well as customary justice systems, in particular in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Region.
A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Ribando pulls from her practical experience in program evaluation and leadership to help students grasp how to address the difficult challenges facing today’s public and nonprofit managers and leaders.
She is married with two children, five stepchildren, five grandchildren and one granddog. And she is a serious college football fan. Roll Tide!
Dr. Spadoni earned his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Florida. He is a tri-lingual political economist with a specialization in international relations and a focus on Latin America’s political and business environments, in particular in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. He's the author of two books: Cuba’s Socialist Economy Today: Navigating Challenges and Change (Lynne Rienner, 2014) and Failed Sanctions: Why the U.S. Embargo against Cuba Could Never Work (University Press of Florida, 2010).
Dr. Jeanie Jenson, Professor Emerita
Dr. Ralph Walker, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Gwen Y. Wood, Professor Emerita
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. 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.
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