|Dr. Brian Anderson, Department Chair, Professor of Political Science
PhD & MA in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University; BA in International Relations, University of Virginia
Areas of Specialization: Lobbying, political parties, terrorism, U.S. foreign policy
Selected Publications: "An Era of Global Change: The Post-Cold War Years" in The Ashgate Research Companion to U.S. Foreign Policy; "Taking Organization Seriously: The Structure of Interest Group Influence" (with Burdett Loomis) in Interest Group Politics, 5th ed.; "The Visual Byte: Bill Clinton and His Town Hall Meeting Style" (with Mark Goodman and Mark Gring) Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences; book reviews in Mississippi Quarterly
|Dr. Patricia Dennis, Associate Professor of Geography and Social Sciences Education
PhD in Education Research, University of South Carolina; MA & BA in Geography, University of South Carolina
Areas of Specialization: Regional geography of Latin America and the Middle East/Muslim world
Research Interests: Political directions in Central America and the Caribbean Basin; teacher burnout and alternate employment opportunities for educators
Selected Publication: The Professional Education of Teachers: Resources and Recommendations
|Dr. Amber Handy
PhD & MA in History with minor in Gender Studies, University of Notre Dame; MPhil in Medieval History, Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland); AB, Mount Holyoke College
Areas of Specialization: Medieval European cultural history, history of gender
Research Interests: Gender, youth, and education in early medieval Europe; cultural history of medieval Ireland and its connections to the rest of western Europe.
|Ms. Julie K. Heintz, Adjunct Instructor of History
MA & BS in History, University of Northern Iowa; BS, Iowa State University
|Dr. Jonathon Hooks, Visiting Assistant Professor of History
PhD in History, University of Alabama; MA, East Carolina University; BA, Elon College
Areas of Specialization: American colonial history, British history, American Revolutionary War
Selected Publications: book reviews in Southern Historian
|Dr. Erin Kempker, Assistant Professor of History
PhD and MA in History, Purdue University; BS in Social Studies/Secondary Education, Central Missouri State University
Areas of Specialization: 20th Century U.S. social history, women's history
Research Interests: Right-wing and conservative history, women's political history, grassroots anticommunism, and the history of second wave feminism
Selected Publications:"Battling 'Big Sister' Government: Hoosier Women and the Politics of International Women's Year," Journal of Women's History (forthcoming in 2012); "The Union, the War, and Elvira Scott" in A Rough Business: Fighting the Civil War in Missouri (State Historical Society of Missouri Press, forthcoming in 2012)
Other: Professor Kempker was awarded the 2011 Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher of the Year Award for MUW and as the Outstanding Junior Faculty Member by Mississippi's First Alumnae Association in Spring 2010.
|Dr. Thomas Velek, Professor of History, Director of the Ina Gordy Honors College and Coordinator of Study Abroad
PhD in History, University of Edinburgh; JD, Washington University (St. Louis); MA in International Affairs, Washington University (St. Louis)
Areas of Specialization: modern European history, history of communism, world wars, history of industry and technology
Research Interests: education and the economy
Dr. James D. Ward, Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of Public Administration Certificate Program Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Cincinnati; MPA, University of Cincinnati; BA, University of Mississippi
Areas of Specialization: public administration and public policy; American government and politics.
Research Interests: diversity and social justice policy, collaborative governance and public management, American state and local governments.
Selected Publications: Dr. Ward is the author of more than 25 journal articles and book chapters. He has also served as guest editor for numerous academic journal symposia on topics of public policy and public administration. Some of his most recent publications include “The Diversity of Pedagogical Innovation in Diversity and Cultural Competency Education” in The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal (with M. Rivera and R. Johnson), “Institutional Racism, Diversity and Public Administration” (with M. Rivera), in Diversity and Public Administration: Theory, Issues and Perspectives, 2nd edition, and “Privatization and Social Equity,” in The Journal of Public Affairs Education. He is also the author of “Response to Croson” and “Law Enforcement Racial Profiling: Implications for Public Policy,” both of which appeared in Public Administration Review.
Work in Progress: Book manuscript titled Institutional Racism, Organizations and Public Policy.
Other: In 2011, Dr. Ward was elected to the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration. He also serves on the board of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration and is active in other areas of professional and university service.