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John Accordino

John Accordino

Interim dean and director of the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)

Scherer Hall, Room 501 Phone: (804) 827-0776 Email: jaccordi@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Commercial and neighborhood revitalization methods
  • Impacts of community revitalization policies
  • Comparative (U.S. and European) urban revitalization policies

Jean Thomas-Banks

Executive assistant to the dean

Scherer Hall, Room 501 Phone: (804) 827-0776 Email: jcthoma1@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Executive administration, communication and analytical support
  • Office and project administration
  • Scheduling and correspondence

Jill Gordon

Associate dean of faculty and academic affairs, professor

Scherer Hall, Room 505 Phone: (804) 827-0901 Email: jagordon@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Corrections
  • Correction officer culture and climate
  • Safety in prison – correctional staff perspective; evaluation research
Henry Brownstein

Henry Brownstein

Associate dean for research and director of the Center for Public Policy

Kearney House, Room 202 Phone: (804) 828-7469 Email: hhbrownstein@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Drugs and drug markets
  • Violence and violent crime
  • Qualitative research methods

John Mahoney Jr.

Assistant dean for undergraduate academic affairs, associate professor

Scherer Hall, Room 201A Phone: (804) 828-6515 Email: jmahoney@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Collective behavior
  • Social organizations
  • Minority studies
  • Social problems
Franklin Wallace

Franklin Wallace

Director of operations

Scherer Hall, Room 111 Phone: (804) 828-7476 Email: frwallace@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Political science and public policy
  • Public management and finance
  • Community engagement and nonprofit management
Pamela Stallsmith

Pamela Stallsmith

Director of communications and external relations

Scherer Hall, Room 518 Phone: (804) 828-4581 Email: pstallsmith@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Strategic communications
  • Public and media relations
  • Event management
Simon Okoth

Simon Okoth

Interim director of graduate studies, assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 301 Phone: (804) 827-1430 Email: okothsh@vcu.edu View more Review CV

Expertise

  • International water rights
  • Governance in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Role of ordinary citizens in emergency response
Shajuana Isom-Payne

Shajuana Isom-Payne

Director of student success

Scherer Hall, Room 405-A Phone: (804) 827-2791 Email: sipayne@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Cultural competency and multicultural counseling
  • Professional identity development
  • Self-efficacy and women in leadership
Susan White

Susan White

Administrator for proposal and research development

Kearney House, Room 209 Phone: (804) 827-1858 Email: whitesg@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Organizational culture and change management
  • Project management
  • Research methods
Sarin Adhikari, Ph.D.

Sarin Adhikari

Research Associate

Kearney House, Room 308 Phone: (804) 828-1989 Email: sadhikari@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Regional Economic Development
  • Metropolitan Governance
  • Formal modeling and GIS
Jay S. Albanese

Jay Albanese

Professor, chair - Criminal Justice Programs

Scherer Hall, Room 318 Phone: (804) 827-0844 Email: jsalbane@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Transnational crime
  • Organized crime and corruption
  • Professional ethics
Kristine Artello

Kristine Artello

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 414 Phone: (804) 828-4198 Email: kartello@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Youth, crime and mental health
  • Law, crime and governmental legitimacy
  • Crime, public narrative and policy
Natalie Baker

Natalie Baker

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 218 Phone: (804) 828-7589 Email: nbaker2@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Critical disaster and security studies
  • Socio-cultural-technical constructions of threat
  • Interpretive research methods
Blythe Bowman

Blythe Bowman Balestrieri

Associate professor, criminal justice undergraduate coordinator

Scherer Hall, Room 309 Phone: (804) 828-5708 Email: bbalestrieri@vcu.edu. View more

Expertise

  • Art and antiquities theft
  • Inmate litigation
  • Correctional law
Henry Brownstein

Henry Brownstein

Associate dean for research and director of the Center for Public Policy

Kearney House, Room 202 Phone: (804) 828-7469 Email: hhbrownstein@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Drugs and drug markets
  • Violence and violent crime
  • Qualitative research methods
Sarah Jane Brubaker

Sarah Jane Brubaker

Associate professor, director of the Ph.D. in public policy and administration program and certificate in gender violence intervention

Scherer Hall, Room 319 Phone: (804) 827-2400 Email: sbrubaker@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Sexual and domestic violence
  • Reproductive and sexual health
  • Intersectionality
James Burke

James Burke

Assistant professor

1014 West Franklin Street, Room 201 Phone: (804) 828-1191 Email: jmburke@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Industrial psychology
Chen

Xueming (Jimmy) Chen

Associate professor

Bowe House, Room 304 Phone: (804) 828-1254 Email: xchen2@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Transportation planning
  • Transportation modeling
  • Geographic information system
Hayley Cleary

Hayley Cleary

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 219 Phone: (804) 827-0475 Email: hmcleary@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Police interrogation of juveniles
  • Adolescent development in legal contexts
  • Juvenile justice policy and practice
Amy Cook

Amy Cook

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 102 Phone: (804) 828-7544 Email: cookak@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Juvenile justice and family court processes
  • Policing
  • Service learning opportunities for students 
Nakeina Douglas-Glenn

Nakeina Douglas-Glenn

Assistant professor, director - Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute

Millheiser House, First Floor Phone: (804) 827-1169 Email: nedouglas@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

-Leadership Development 
-Public Policy 
-Program evaluation
David John Farmer

David John Farmer

Professor emeritus

Email: dfarmer@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Governance, theory and practice

Fabrizio Fasulo

Fabrizio Fasulo

Research associate with the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA)

Kearny House, Room 304 Phone: (804) 828-2274 Email: ffasulo@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Community development
  • Urban and regional economic analysis and policy
  • Economic and fiscal impacts
Susan Gooden

Susan Gooden

Professor

Bowe House, Room 202 Phone: (804) 828-7078 Email: stgooden@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Social equity
  • Program evaluation
  • Research methods

Jill Gordon

Associate dean of faculty and academic affairs, professor

Scherer Hall, Room 505 Phone: (804) 827-0901 Email: jagordon@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Corrections
  • Correction officer culture and climate
  • Safety in prison - correctional staff perspective; evaluation research
Stephen Gottfredson

Stephen Gottfredson

Provost emeritus and university professor

Valentine House, First Floor Phone: (804) 828-0105 Email: sdgottfr@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Behavioral prediction
  • Criminal justice decision-making
  • Higher education policy and practice
Meghan Gough

Meghan Gough

Associate professor, chair - urban and regional planning/studies

Scherer Hall, Room 517 Phone: (804) 827-0869 Email: mzgough@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Plan-making
  • Civic engagement and collective impact
  • Sustainable communities
Elsie Harper-Anderson

Elsie Harper-Anderson

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 513 Phone: (804) 828-7390 Email: elharperande@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Plan-making
  • Civic engagement and collective impact
  • Sustainable communities
Kathryn Howell

Kathryn Howell

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 511 Phone: (804) 828-7564 Email: klhowell@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Affordable housing
  • Community development
  • Gentrification
Richard Huff

Richard Huff

Assistant professor, chair - Master of Public Administration program

Scherer Hall, Room 409 Phone: (804) 828-9813 Email: rrhuff@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Government reform and transparency
  • Human resource management reform and performance
  • Organizational theory and behavior
Myung Hun Jin

Myung Hun Jin

Assistant professor

Kearney House, Room 204 Phone: (804) 828-8812 Email: mhjin@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Organizational behavior and theory
  • Performance management
  • Public sector leadership
James Keck

James Keck

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 215 Phone: (804) 827-3510 Email: keckjw@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Emergency preparedness
  • Emergency operations planning
  • Continuity of operations planning
Billy Kinsey

Billy Kinsey

Instructor, assistant director of graduate studies

Scherer Hall, Room 301 Phone: (804) 828-7528 Email: bwkinsey@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Academic advising
  • Survey research and survey design
  • Economic development and urban development
Saltanat Liebert

Saltanat Liebert

Associate professor

Scherer Hall, Room 313 Phone: (804) 828-1874 Email: sliebert@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Immigration policy
  • Civil service reform
  • Comparative public administration
Christina Mancini

Christina Mancini

Associate professor, criminal justice graduate coordinator

Scherer Hall, Room 317 Phone: (804) 828-4223 Email: cnmancini@vcu.edu View more CV

Expertise

  • Criminal justice policy
  • Sexual victimization
  • Campus crime, sexual assault and law
Robyn McDougle

Robyn Diehl McDougle

Associate professor, interim director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute

Scherer Hall, Room 107 Phone: (804) 828-2759 Email: rdmcdougle@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Police community relations
  • Violent crime and program evaluation
Mary Moore, Ph.D.

Mary Moore

Interim director, Survey Evaluation and Research Laboratory

1000 W. Franklin Street, Room 101 Phone: (804) 827-4226 Email: mmoore@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Public policy
  • Survey research
  • Program evaluation

Nancy Morris

Associate professor

Scherer Hall, Room 213 Phone: (804) 827-0484 Email: nmorris@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Developmental criminology
  • Cross-national study of crime, violence and terrorism
  • Crime prevention and policing at places
Maureen Moslow-Benway

Maureen Moslow-Benway

Instructor

Scherer Hall, Room 217 Phone: (804) 475-6496 Email: mmoslowbenwa@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Terrorism and counterterrorism
  • U.S. intelligence community
  • Human trafficking
Simon Okoth

Simon Okoth

Assistant professor, director of graduate studies

Scherer Hall, Room 301 Phone: (804) 827-1430 Email: okothsh@vcu.edu View more Review CV

Expertise

  • International water rights
  • Governance in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Role of ordinary citizens in emergency response
William Pelfrey Jr.

William Pelfrey Jr.

Associate professor, program chair - homeland security and emergency preparedness

Scherer Hall, Room 205 Phone: (804) 828-8467 Email: wvpelfrey@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Policing
  • Terrorism prevention
  • Spatial analysis of crime
Damian Pitt

Damian Pitt

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 515 Phone: (804) 828-7397 Email: dpitt@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Solar energy policy and planning
  • Climate action planning
  • Collaborative environmental planning
Trisha N. Rhodes

Trisha Rhodes

Assistant professor

Scherer Hall, Room 315 Phone: (804) 828-9922 Email: tnrhodes@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Policing in schools
  • Policing strategies
  • Police culture

Avrum (A.J.) Shriar

Associate professor

Bowe House, Room 309 Phone: (804) 827-0788 Email: ajshriar@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Environmental policy and planning
  • Rural development and farming systems
  • Cultural and political ecology
James Smither

James Smither

Instructor

Kearney House, Room 306 Phone: (202) 701-8745 Email: jcsmither@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Urban design theory
  • Urban design practice
  • Urban design skills
Nancy Stutts

Nancy Stutts

Associate professor

Bowe House, Room 302 Phone: (804) 827-2164 Email: nbstutts@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Philanthropic foundation culture
  • Community-driven change
  • Nonprofit strategy

I-Shian (Ivan) Suen

Associate professor

Bowe House, Room 102 Phone: (804) 828-2721 Email: isuen@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Land use planning
  • Geographic information systems and data analysis techniques

Niraj Verma

Professor, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

Scherer Hall, Room 519 Phone: (804) 828-6962 Email: nverma2@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Urban planning
  • Institutional analysis
  • Public management
Nelson Wickman

Nelson Wickstorm

Professor emeritus

Scherer Hall, Room 213 Phone: (804) 828-8068 Email: nwikstro@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Vertical and horizontal intergovernmental relations
  • Government and politics of metropolitan areas
WILDER

L. Douglas Wilder

Distinguished professor

Scherer Hall, Room 413 Phone: (804) 828-8520 Email: ldwilder@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Virginia law
  • Government and public affairs
  • Social justice
Blue Wooldridge

Blue Wooldridge

Professor

Scherer Hall, Room 305 Phone: (804) 828-8037 Email: bwooldri@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • State and local government finance
  • Public and nonprofit financial management
  • Social equity and workforce diversity

Chernoh Wurie

Instructor

Scherer Hall, Room 311 Phone: (804) 827-0493 Email: cmwurie@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Basic requirements of becoming a police officer
  • Positive and negative perceptions of police officers
  • Immigration and policing
Wenli Yan

Wenli Yan

Associate professor

Kearney House, Room 301 Phone: (804) 827-0541 Email: wyan@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • State and local government finance
  • Public and nonprofit financial management
  • Regional economic development
Gregory Wingfield

Gregory Wingfield

Senior Fellow

Starke House, Room 103 Phone: (804) 827-3514 Email: gwingfield@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Economic development marketing
  • Export Services
  • Economic development fundraising/strategic planning
Angelica Bega-Hart

Angelica Bega-Hart

Coordinator for special projects and distinguished faculty assistant

Scherer Hall, Room 411 Phone: (804) 828-8520 Email: aebega@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Strategic Communication
  • Manuscript Preparation
  • Event Planning

Tina Braden

Human resources and building manager

Scherer Hall, Room 118 Phone: (804) 828-1016 View more

Expertise

  • Human Resources
  • Payroll
  • Facilities Management
Keith Caleb

Keith Caleb

Finance manager

Kearney House, Room 104 Phone: (804) 827-3650 Email: klcaleb@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Accounting
  • Fiscal Reporting
  • Purchasing
Justine Coleman

Justine Coleman

Graduate programs assistant

Scherer Hall, Room 301 Phone: (804) 828-1755 Email: jccolema@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Graduate Course Scheduling
  • Graduation Applications
  • Course Overrides
Lisbeth Dannenbrink

Lisbeth Dannenbrink

Graduate programs assistant

Scherer Hall, Room 301 Phone: (804) 828-6837 Email: lddannenbrin@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Admissions
  • Advising
  • Records Management
Lindsey Evans

Lindsey Evans

Senior research associate

Bowe House, Room 207 Phone: (804) 828-1268 Email: evansll@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Access and Social Equity
Nick Garcia

Nicholas "Nick" Garcia

Senior academic adviser, Undergraduate Academic Advising Office

Scherer Hall, Room 201A Phone: (804) 827-0789 Email: garcianr2@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Academic and Leadership Development
  • Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity in Community Enrichment
  • Higher Education and University Policy
Ashley Harrison

Ashley Harrison

Student success program coordinator

Scherer Hall, Room 405 Phone: (804) 827-2791 Email: harrisona2@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Student Success Programming
  • Internship and Career counseling
  • Experiential Learning
Leona Jones

Leona Jones

Administrative assistant/travel coordinator

Meredith House, Room 112 Phone: (804) 828-6235 Email: lgjones@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Travel coordination
  • Purchasing
  • Accounting
Jonathan Knopf

Jonathan Knopf

Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Academic Advising Office

Scherer Hall, Room 201 Phone: (804) 827-0790 Email: wsadvisor@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Urban Studies and GIS Advising
  • Graduation Preparation
  • Administrative Policy
Shirley McDaniel

Shirley McDaniel

Director of events

Scherer Hall, Room 103 Phone: (804) 827-0867 Email: srmcdani@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Event Logistics
  • Vendor Management
Matt Morrison

Matthew "Matt" Morrison

Development coordinator

Scherer Hall, Room 501 Phone: (804) 828-3620 Email: morrisonmp@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Donor Stewardship
  • Gift Accounting
  • Annual Giving
Sarah Morrision

Sarah "Brianne" Morrison

Academic adviser, Undergraduate Academic Advising Office

Scherer Hall, Room 201 Phone: (804) 827-0790 Email: collinssb@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Holistic Student Advising & Development
  • Course Planning
  • Conflict Resolution

Tiffany Murray-Robertson

Public relations specialist

Scherer Hall, Room 115 Phone: (804) 827-1253 Email: tfmurray@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Content Creation
  • Strategic Communications
  • Project Management
Carolyn Patterson

Carolyn Patterson

Procurement officer

Kearney House, Room 201 Phone: (804) 827-4455 Email: chpatter@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Purchasing for services, equipment, stationery and other goods
Frank Pitchford

Frank Pitchford

IT analyst

Kearney House, Room 107 Phone: (804) 828-8086 Email: pitchfordfa@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Technology Support Services
  • Customer Service
  • Technology Deployment

Sara Rozmus

Digital and print media assistant

Kearney House, Room 103 Phone: (804) 827-2168 Email: rozmussj@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Digital Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Brand Management
Danielle Shutt

Danielle Shutt

Finance officer

Kearney House, Room 207 Phone: (804) 828-7842 Email: shuttdm@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Financial Management & Accounting
  • Grant Finance Management
  • Fiscal Policy
Joe Walton

Joseph Walton

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Scherer Hall, Room 405 Phone: (804) 827-2791 Email: waltonjb@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Wilder Graduate Scholar Fellowship Program
  • Internship Preparation and Application Process
  • Student Success Programming
Pamela Whitlock

Pamela Spratley

Office services specialist/travel coordinator

Scherer Hall, Room 103 Phone: (804) 828-1752 Email: prwhitlock@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

  • Transporation and Lodging Accomodations
  • Relocation Services
  • Conference Room Scheduling and Reservations
Susan Williams

Susan Williams

Senior finance manager

Kearney House, Room 203 Phone: (804) 828-6111 Email: swwillia@vcu.edu View more

Expertise

 

  • Financial Management
  • Accounting and Oversight
  • Grant Management and Fiscal Policy

 

Tim Bland

Timothy Bland

B.A., Political Science; B.S., Psychology; Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Public Management; M.P.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Expertise

  • Economics
  • Anchor institutions
  • Academic corporatization

Brittany Keegan

B.S., Marketing; Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management; M.P.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Expertise

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Role of public, private and nonprofit sectors in providing services to those impacted by violence and/or conflict
  • Refugee, asylum and immigration policies
Victoria Mansfield

Victoria Mansfield

B.A., International Cultural Studies; B.S., Communication, Brigham Young University-Hawaii; M.P.P.A., Mississippi State University

Expertise

  • Public health
  • Health disparity and discrimination
  • Health services/access policy
Jessica Robertson

Jessica (Rossiello) Robertson

B.A., Sociology, Lynchburg College; M.S., Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University

Expertise

  • Police, public and offender perceptions of the sex offender registry
  • Effectiveness of sex offender registry
  • Sexual deviance
Tammi Slovinsky

Tammi Slovinsky

B.A., Psychology, Indiana University; M.P.A., James Madison University

Expertise

  • Sex and gender-based discrimination and harassment
  • Gender-based violence
Joe Walton

Joe Walton

B.S., Physics; M.P.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Expertise

  • Currency systems
  • Third-party trust models
  • Decision-making theories
Carolyn Zappa

Carolyn Zeppa

B.F.A., Fordham University and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; M.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, Eastern Michigan University

Expertise

  • Criminology and criminal justice
  • Policing
  • Crime and media

Xi Zhang

B.S., City Planning; M.S., Industrial Design, South China University of Technology; M.D.S.E., Iowa State University

Expertise

  • Public transportation
  • Transportation health
  • Environmental justice