Lakeyta Bonnette-Bailey is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University and the Pre-PhD Faculty Associate for the Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni (CASA). Lakeyta’s research interests include Hip Hop culture, political behavior, political attitudes, African-American politics, political psychology and public opinion. Her current research examines the impact of political rap music on racial attitudes and she has a forthcoming co-edited volume (with Adolphus Belk Jr) entitled For the Culture: Hip-Hop and Social Justice (University of Michigan Press) examining the relationships between Hip-Hop culture and social justice. Dr. Bonnette-Bailey has written numerous articles including articles published in Ethnic Studies Review, New Political Science, Du Bois Review and book chapters in Contemporary Public Policy and Social Development in the Post-Civil Rights Era: Through the Prism of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream and Oxford’s Handbook on Protest Music (forthcoming). Additionally, Dr. Bonnette-Bailey published (2015) a book with the University of Pennsylvania Press entitled, Pulse of the People: Rap Music and Black Political Attitudes. In 2017 she hosted the first political Hip Hop conference at Georgia State University entitled, Behind the Music: Hip Hop and Social Justice, which examined the ways in which social justice is addressed and expressed within Hip Hop culture. In 2018, she was a Nasir Jones/ W. E. B. Du Bois fellow with the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. Later that year she completed two talks in in Ingelheim and Kaiserslautern, Germany discussing the relevance and importance of rap music, activism and social justice and she received her certificate in psychoanalysis from Emory University’s Psychoanalytic Institute. In 2020, she hosted Beyond the Culture: Black Popular Culture and Social Justice at Georgia State University.
Keisha Brown is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Perimeter College at Georgia State University. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in Mathematics Education from Georgia State University, and a master’s degree in Applied Statistics from Kennesaw State University. Her passion is to help people achieve their goals by assisting them through mastering mathematics.
Keisha loves demonstrating the power of statistics and how it can be utilized in every field of study. She also enjoys implementing various technologies within the classroom to increase retention and engagement.
Leah E. Daigle is professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. She received her Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2005. Her most recent research focuses on recurring victimization and its correlates and consequences. Her other research interests include the development and continuation of victimization across the life course. On these topics, she has published numerous peer-reviewed articles that have appeared in outlets such as Justice Quarterly, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Victims and Offenders. In addition, she is author of Victimology: A Text/Reader (2nd ed.), Victimology: The Essentials (2nd ed.), co-author of Criminals in the Making: Criminality Across the Life Course (2nd ed.), Victimology (2nd ed.), and Unsafe in the Ivory Tower: The Sexual Victimization of College Women, which was awarded the 2011 Outstanding Book Award by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Most recently, she was awarded the 2020 Division of Victimology of the American Society of Criminology Bonnie S. Fisher Career Award, to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of Victimology over the career.
Denise Z. Davidson is Professor of History, Director of the Humanities Research Center, and co-Director of the Humanities Inclusivity Program, a Mellon-funded pipeline program for undergraduate students who seek to enter doctoral programs in the humanities. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and has been teaching at Georgia State since 1999. Specializing in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French social and cultural history, she has authored two books and numerous articles and is currently completing a book entitled Surviving Revolution that uses familial correspondence to discuss everyday life and survival strategies in early nineteenth-century France.
Dr. Fournillier is an associate professor and researcher at Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development, where she teaches courses in Qualitative Research Methodologies. Her research stretches across international borders, impacting academic peers, practitioners, graduate students, and community members. She chairs and serves as methodologist on doctoral thesis committees and co-authors papers and presentations with students and colleagues. She works on Federally funded projects as methodologist and trains and supervises graduate research assistants. As a researcher-professor, she challenges students to push their thinking by modeling the type of criticality and creativity needed to do ethically responsible educational research.
Shelby Frost is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics. In her 20 years at GSU, she has served in many capacities, mostly related to teaching and learning. She serves as the course coordinator for Principles of Microeconomics, and the Economics Undergraduate Assessment Coordinator. She is the Director of the GSU Center for Economic Education, working closely with the Georgia Council on Economics Education. She has been actively engaged in the GSU University Senate since 2003, serving on multiple standing and ad-hoc committees, helping to shape policy at GSU.
Stephanie Garofalo is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Perimeter College. She serves on the University Senate and the Perimeter College Executive Committee, volunteers in the Learning & Tutoring Center and was a faculty mentor for the “I am STEM” program.
Stephanie often presents at local and national conferences. She holds memberships with the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges and the Georgia Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, serving as GMATYC’s Website Coordinator. She is a GMATYC Bill Bompart Teaching Excellence Award winner.
Stephanie enjoys supporting her husband’s high school band program and walking their beagle, Buford.
Sarah Allen Gershon is a Professor of Political Science and holds the Ray and John Uttenhove WomenLead Professorship. Her research focuses on the incorporation of traditionally underrepresented groups (including women, racial and ethnic minorities) into the American political system. Dr. Gershon’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in numerous journals. She co-edited (with Nadia Brown) Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics and co-authored (with Larry Berman, Bruce Allen Murphy and Nadia Brown) the 9th edition of Approaching Democracy. Dr. Gershon teaches courses on research methods, women in politics, and campaigns & elections.
Dr. Stephanie Gutzler is an Academic Professional and the Undergraduate Director in the Department of Biology. She is a proud Panther alumna, earning her Ph.D.in Biology in 2009. Before joining the faculty, she coordinated the Introductory Biology labs for majors for nine years, redesigning the curricula to incorporate inquiry-based methods. Her research interests include the role of peer mentorship in GTA teaching self-efficacy and student decision-making within the context of academic integrity. She was recently named a member of the Provost’s General Education Task Force and serves the College of Arts and Sciences as a member of the Undergraduate Council.
Dr. Kabengi is an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University (GSU), where she has been since 2012. She has received her B.S. and M.S in Agricultural Engineering and Soil Science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, where she was born and raised. She later moved to the United States, where she earned a Ph.D. in Soil Physical Chemistry from the University of Florida. Dr. Kabengi’s research explores fundamental surface chemical reactions occurring at interfaces between surfaces and aqueous solutions and the role these interfacial reactions play in geochemical, environmental, and technological contexts.
Michelle Kassorla is an Associate Professor of English at GSU | Perimeter College,
Dunwoody. Dr. Kassorla’s Ph.D. is in Multiethnic Literature of the US from Bowling Green State
University. Her research interests include Teaching With Technology, 20th Century Multiethnic
Literature of the US, and Digital Humanities. Dr. Kassorla’s current projects include a Virtual
Exchange with Wisam Chaleila of Al Qasemi College of Education in Israel, Open Educational
Resources (OER), and the development of teaching resources for teaching English online at
Dr. Jacqueline Laures-Gore is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Georgia State University and directs the Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders Research Lab. She received her PHD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, MHS from the University of Missouri, and her BS from Iowa State University. She joined the GSU faculty in 2001, and has enjoyed multiple leadership positions within the University including serving as Communication Disorders Program Director (2011-2015) and Interim Department Chair (January 2021-July 2021). Additionally, she currently serves as Section Editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and has held leadership positions in both national, state, and local professional organizations. She has authored over 50 publications in the area of adult neurogenic communication disorders and is a frequent conference presenter. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Academy of Neurological Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as other entities.
Leigh Anne Liu is a Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics 2020-2021, jointly awarded by the U.S. Department of State, Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and Fulbright Finland Foundation. She studies how culture and cognition influence intercultural interactions, including negotiation, conflict management, and collaborations at individual, organization, and national levels. Her research appears in Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of International Business Studies, among other outlets. She has been a visiting professor at University of South Australia, Toulouse Business School in France, Peking University and Nanjing University in China. She has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and the non-profit sector on conflict management and multicultural competency programs. Leigh Anne has taught courses and workshops for undergraduate, MBA, MIB, Ph.D., executives, and high school students on topics of international negotiation, intercultural competency, cross-cultural management, and research methods. She is an associate editor for Journal of Business Research and Cross Cultural & Strategic Management, and a guest editor of three special issues. She has served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Review, Management and Organization Review, and International Business Review.
Dr. Katherine Masyn is a Professor of Biostatistics and the Interim Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. Dr. Masyn is a statistician and quantitative methodologist by training and her research focuses on the development and application of advanced multilevel and longitudinal latent variable models. In addition to her own work, Dr. Masyn has contributed to numerous externally-funded projects through close collaborations with associates in the behavioral, educational, and health sciences. Dr. Masyn is a recognized leader in her discipline and is a valued faculty colleague and respected citizen of the SPH community.
Valerie N. Matthews
Dr. Valerie N. Matthews is a professor of English at Georgia State University, Perimeter College. She holds a Ph.D. in English with a major in African American literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a recipient of the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award, and she is a passionate and creative composition and African American literature professor. She routinely combines her musical talents and literary training to enhance her classes and perform at community events and conferences regarding the nexus between African American literature and music. Her administrative experience includes assistant chair roles and a one-year, interim appointment as director of the Leadership Academy, an initiative for the retention of African American males in the University System of Georgia. She is currently serving as the assistant chair of English at Perimeter’s Clarkston Campus.
Laura May is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education in GSU’s College of Education and Human Development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas and joined the GSU faculty in 2008. A former elementary teacher and literacy specialist, Dr. May studies the language and texts used in culturally and linguistically diverse elementary classrooms and how teachers develop more equitable ways of using them.
Darcy Meals, assistant director of the Center for Access to Justice, oversees the Pro Bono Program and the Public Interest Law and Policy certificate, and she teaches law school courses through the center’s curriculum.
Meals graduated with honors from Brown University and UCLA School of Law. At UCLA, Meals served as the editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review and was a member of the David J. Epstein Public Interest Law Program.
She has written articles on immigration law and co-wrote an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that was cited twice in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s concurring opinion.
Dr. Kristie L. Seelman is an Associate Professor with tenure in the School of Social Work (SSW) in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She became Director of the Bachelor of Social Work program in Fall 2020. Kristie’s research focuses on creating affirming policies and services for LGBTQIA+ individuals. In her teaching, she aims to create an environment that is inclusive, equitable, and reflects anti-racist principles. Prior leadership experiences include co-chairing the LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit track for the Council on Social Work Education’s Annual Program Meeting, the SSW’s Online Committee, and the LGBTQ+ subcommittee within the Faculty Senate.
Erica Tracey (Akhter)
Erica Tracey (Akhter) received her PhD from Emory, where she was awarded funding for both her research and training in introspective and team building tools. Her passions are helping others to understand the scientific process and to understand themselves. As a Lecturer in the NI, she teaches her students that fulfillment comes from intentionally building one’s career alongside things that bring them joy. As she’s done the same, she has sought opportunities where she can make an impact on individuals, but hopes to broaden the scope of her vision and become an instrument for positive progress throughout GSU more broadly.
Anne Tucker, Professor of Law, researches boards, disclosure, and contracting in corporations and investment funds. She also examines their power to achieve important personal and social ends such as retirement security, equity and inclusion, and combatting climate change.
Professor Tucker serves as the Faculty Director of the Legal Analytics & Innovation Initiative (LAII) at the College of Law. Through the LAII, Professor Tucker teaches innovative courses on law and technology including the Applied Legal Analytics Lab, which is a part of the Legal Analytics Certificate. Professor Tucker conducts onsite workshops and information audits for community legal partners, as well as engages in sponsored research through the Legal Analytics Lab in partnership with the at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business Institute for Insight. She has a secondary appointment with the Institute for Insight.
Tucker received her J.D. magna cum laude at Indiana University, Bloomington-Maurer School of Law, where she served as the senior managing editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal, the official journal of the Federal Communications Bar Association. She is a member of the Order of the Coif and earned the Public Interest Service Award. Before attending law school, she served as a Governor’s Fellow for Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon. Tucker received her B.A., summa cum laude, in political science and journalism at Butler University in Indianapolis.