Amy Steigerwalt is Professor and Associate Chair of Political Science at GSU. She is also the statewide Director of the Georgia Legislative Internship Program and editor-in-chief of Justice System Journal. Dr. Steigerwalt’s research focuses on U.S. courts and Congress. Her most recent book is Gendered Vulnerability: How Women Work Harder to Stay in Office. Her current projects include a book on U.S. Supreme Court dissenting behavior, a project with two graduate students examining the gendered nature of interbranch relations, and a project with another graduate student investigating the impact of narrator gender on campaign ad efficacy.
Crystal Garrett is a Professor in the Department of History and Political Science and the Interim Chair of History and Political Science. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration at Clark Atlanta University. She also earned a Masters of Business Administration from Mercer University. She teaches POLS 1101 American Government, POLS 2101 Political Science, POLS 2401 Global Issues and AAS 2010 African American Studies face to face and online. Her research interests include politics, international affairs and foreign policy.
Her service to the College includes hosting presentations to increase faculty awareness and Chairing Faculty Search committees and Curriculum Committees. Dr. Garrett is a member of the Georgia Political Science Association, since 2006. She also presents research papers at conferences and has served as Chair and Discussant at more than thirty conferences, seminars and workshops. She is a student advisor, as well as a registration and orientation volunteer for new and continuing students. She has been an advisor for student clubs and she is in charge of the student internship for history and political science.
Although Dr. Garrett enjoys service to the College, service learning along with community outreach is her passion. She developed a service-learning project with the Dekalb County Juvenile Courts (DCJC) where Perimeter College students can mentor and tutor at risk youths who are studying for the GED. In fact, she incorporates service-learning projects in every course she teaches, including her online courses. Other service-learning projects include, donation drives for homeless and food insecure students, care packages for troops on active duty, donations for homeless military families, help for homeless veterans, assistance to Perimeter College student veterans, refugees, and developmentally disabled youths. During 2018, Dr. Garrett opened the first food pantry on the Perimeter College campus.
In 2021, Dr. Garrett was awarded the Cole Fellow Award, which is the highest award at Perimeter College, the Dean’s Fellow Award, she was awarded the Excellence Award Recipient from the National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (National Award), and the Faculty Exploring Leadership Opportunities (FELO) Award. She earned the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, in 2017 and the Faculty Service award, in 2016. Dr. Garrett was also selected as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for outstanding teaching and learning.
Cyntoria Johnson, J.D. is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. She teaches in the Legal Track concentration, providing advanced skills-based instruction to students in preparation for careers in the law. In the last decade at GSU, she has developed and led study abroad programs to Brazil, Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, and South Africa. She currently serves as a board member of the Georgia Innocence Project and as a pro bono attorney in the community. Her passions are to remedy injustices in the criminal justice system and to prepare the next generation of legal practitioners – one case and one student at a time. The Atlanta-native is a GSU Panther who bleeds blue, receiving both her M.S. and B.S. from Georgia State University.
Gina B. Flowers
Gina Flowers serves as an innovative educator and leader in post-secondary education. With a background in business and experience at all levels of public education (primary to university), she strives to support, motivate, and mentor students as they achieve their college and career goals. Her research interests include 19th-century foodways and national identity in the early American novel, as well as inventive pedagogy for the 21st-century college classroom. She currently serves as Associate Department Chair of English at GSU Perimeter College, Dunwoody campus, and is always exploring new approaches to making college more inclusive and achievable for all students.
Jennie E. Burnet is an associate professor of anthropology and director of the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. Her research explores the cultural and psychological aspects of war and genocide and the micro-level impact of large-scale social change in the context of conflict. She is the award-winning author of Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory and Silence in Rwanda. Her forthcoming book, To Save Heaven and Earth: Rescue during the Rwandan Genocide, examines how and why some Rwandans risked their lives to save Tutsi from the carnage.
Dr. Jennifer Colatosti is Associate Professor of English and Interim Associate Chair of English, Arts, and Humanities at the Perimeter College Alpharetta campus. She earned a BA in English (University of Georgia, 2004), MA in English Literature and Creative Writing (Ohio University, 2008), and PhD in English Literature and Creative Writing (University of Kansas, 2015). Prior to taking on the role of interim Associate Chair at Alpharetta, she served four years as Assistant Chair of English, Arts, and Humanities at Decatur campus.
Ms. Hartgrove is an active professional stage director and recently staged Il Canterina for FIO ITALIA’s online summer opera festival in 2021. Prior to COVID-19, Ms. Hartgrove staged Suor Angelica in Uberlândia at the invitation for the famed Brazilian soprano
Edimar Ferredi. She was invited to create and stage opera scenes programs for Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil, the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia as part of an Artist in Residence and the Festival of International Opera of the Americas. Other engagements include Dido and Aeneas at the Festival Música das Esferas, Cagnoni’s Don Bucefalo, Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna and Rita for La Musica Lirica in Italy, Pizza con Funghi by Seymour Barab with the Boston Opera Cooperative, Too Many Sopranos and Pizza con Funghi for Milwaukee Opera Theater, Die Zauberflöte for the University of Campinas, Brazil. She will stage direct a scenes program for the Universidade de Guanajuato in Mexico.
Ms. Hartgrove’s students have sung in major regional houses throughout the United States such as Minnesota Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Atlanta Opera, Omaha Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis. Internationally performances include the Amazonas Opera Festival in Brazil, the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Internacional Cervantino, the Orquestra Filharmónica de Ja Ciudad de México and the Orquesta Sinfónica De San Luis Potosí. They have won awards at the State and Regional and Semi-finals of the Metropolitan Opera Competitions in addition to other regional and national vocal competitions. Many of her students have been admitted to top schools such as Cincinnati Conservatory, Yale University, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Ms. Hartgrove is an Associate Professor of voice at Georgia State University. She received her Masters degree in vocal performance from the University of North Carolina.
K. Jurée Capers
Dr. K. Jurée Capers is an associate professor in the Department of Public Management and Policy at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on social and racial equity at the intersection of public administration, policy implementation, and race and ethnic politics. She often combines organizational theories, representation, and bureaucratic politics research to explain the factors that influence bureaucrats’ decision making and the implications of this process for historically marginalized populations. Substantively, her research centers on social policy issues, particularly education.
A second line of her research explores the policy implications of ethnic diversity and bias within racial groups. Specifically, it probes how and why African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latino immigrants differ from U.S.-born Black people in their decision making, policy attitudes, and political experiences. Currently, she is developing a multi-city project to examine how race, ethnicity, and immigrant-status affect bureaucrats’ responsiveness to newcomers and immigrants’ political responses to such interactions. Other topics of interest and research include higher education governance and management, the long-term effects of school disciplinary policies on girls, and school desegregation.
Her research has appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, the International Journal of Public Management, Politics, Groups, and Identities, various other academic venues. Dr. Capers holds a PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University, and she is a 2008 graduate of Winthrop University, holding degrees in psychology and political science.
Laura Edmunds teaches English comparative literature at Georgia State University’s Alpharetta Perimeter Campus. She serves as an English instructor representative on the EPIC Program’s Highly Adaptable Courses (HACs) committee.
Lauren Margulieux is an Associate Professor of the Learning Sciences at Georgia State University. She is the founding director of the Snap Institute for Computing Education, in which she coordinates Georgia State University’s teacher preparation programs to integrating computing into pre-service teacher training in all disciplines. Her research interests are in computer science education for computing and programming novices, especially to promote computational literacy for all learners. She also created and directs a computer science endorsement to certify in-service teachers to offer computing courses.
Lucy Popova is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health. Her research lies at the intersection of health communication and tobacco control, focusing on creating and evaluating effective messages that discourage use of different tobacco products. Her research has been funded by federal (NCI, NIDA, CDC, and FDA) and local agencies (Fulton County Board of Health) and foundations (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). Two of her papers received paper of the year awards. She is the director of the GSU Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Tobacco Research and a voting member of the FDA’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC).
Olga Glebova’s research focuses on the development of novel bioinformatics methods associated with the application of modern sequencing technologies to studying RNA viruses and transcriptomes. Several of the algorithms she developed were incorporated into GHOST (Global Hepatitis Outbreak and Surveillance Technology), a surveillance framework created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
She has been teaching at the university level since 2010, and is interested in pedagogical advances in teaching computer science and other STEM courses, as well as cognitive aspects of learning.
She is a big supporter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. As a student, she served first as secretary and then later as chair of GSU’s student chapter. She is currently a faculty advisor for the chapter.
Shonda Lemons-Smith is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education in the College of Education and Human Development. She also serves as the Program Coordinator for the BSE Elementary Education Program.
Her professional scholarship focuses on mathematics teacher development and culturally relevant mathematics instructional practices. Specifically, her work explores the knowledge, experiences, and capital that students of color, families, and communities contribute to teaching and learning.
An active member in the field, her professional activities include published articles and book chapters, presentations at national, regional, and state conferences, grants/mini grants principal investigator, and a range of national, university, department, and community service. In addition, she is a past recipient of the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators Distinguished Research Award.
Sarah McCool is a Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programs at the School of Public Health at Georgia State University.
Dr. McCool has worked on a number of global health issues including: tuberculosis, primary health care, maternal mortality, and her research interests include maternal health and public and global health partnerships and cooperation. She considers herself a global citizen, has lived in Singapore, Indonesia and Haiti and has studied and learned—to varying degrees—French, Haitian Creole, Bahasa Indonesia and BCS (Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian) as a U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholar. She enjoys building global collaborative relationships to advance scholarship, student learning and strengthening cross-cultural ties.
Dr. Reddivari received her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2016. Her doctoral research focused on studying performance losses in current battery technologies to guide the development of novel energy storage materials that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in the future. Specifically, she developed computer models that can simulate the complex reaction chemistry of manganese-containing lithium-ion batteries.
Dr. Reddivari enjoys working on experiential learning projects and engaging with students outside of the classroom. Her passion led to the startup and running of the STEM Lab on the Clarkston campus. She currently advises the Clarkston Women in STEM student organization that meets every Friday at 11 AM in CC1180. In the past, she worked with female engineering students in Liberia, helping them establish the first student affiliate of the Society of Women Engineers in the continent of Africa (Blog). She was instrumental in implementing a leadership camp for female engineering students from the University of Liberia and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Reddivari is currently working on a College to Career project to develop Portfolium based modules that will guide engineering students to recognize marketable skills that are developed through their course work. Further, students will be able to identify gaps in essential workplace skill sets and work towards bridging those gaps.
Susan Swars Auslander
Dr. Susan Auslander is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Her research interests include elementary teacher development during mathematics teacher education, with a current focus on Elementary Mathematics Specialists’ mathematical knowledge for teaching and responsive instruction. Recent publications are in Elementary School Journal, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, and Mathematics Teacher Educator. She currently serves as the principal investigator on a 5-year National Science Foundation-funded project focusing on the development of Elementary Mathematics Specialists in urban school contexts.
Dr. Auslander teaches mathematics methods and content courses for undergraduate and graduate students in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, most recently in the K-5 Mathematics Endorsement program. She has provided service and leadership in a number of capacities, including as coordinator of several academic programs in the department, STEM Coordinator of the college, and Associate Vice-President of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Her work in local schools is extensive and has included providing professional development in mathematics, supporting collaborative research, and teaching university courses onsite.
Tamika Barnes currently works for the University Library as the Associate Dean for Perimeter Library Services at Georgia State University. This position provides the vision and leadership for the work of the five Perimeter College library facilities. Prior to consolidation she was the Library Director for the Dunwoody campus at Georgia Perimeter College. Before her time in Georgia, Tamika went to school and began her library career in North Carolina.
Tamika received her biology degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MLS from North Carolina Central University. She began her librarian career in 1999 at North Carolina State University as the Engineering Services Librarian. In 2003 she moved into management and became the Head of Reference and Information Literacy at North Carolina A&T State University. In 2005 she went to work as the Library Director at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency library in Research Triangle Park, NC, before returning to academia.
Tamika stays active in the profession in leadership and mentoring roles. Her personal development includes the Spectrum Scholar Institute, the Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians and the Leading Change Institute. Tamika’s involvement in professional associatons includes serving on the both the SLA (Special Library Association) and the ALA (American Library Association) Executive Boards, ALA Councilor-at Large, Dr. E.J. Josey ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Spectrum Scholar Mentor, ALA President Advisory Committee and Executive Director search committee. She has been active on the state level as well and has served on the Executive Board of the North Carolina chapter of SLA (Special Libraries Association) and the Georgia Library Association and was a co-founder of the Black Caucus Interest Group for the Georgia Library Association.
Tania Maxwell Clements
Tania Maxwell Clements is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied viola and orchestral studies with James Durrant. During her studies at the RCS she won the prestigious Watson Forbes Prize for Viola Playing and the Viola Challenge Prize. Her studies continued in Switzerland at the International Menuhin Music Academy (IMMA) for two consecutive years, working intensively with Alberto Lysy, Johannes Eskar, and Yehudi Menuhin. She was principal viola and soloist with the Camerata Lysy and performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and the UK.
Upon leaving the IMMA, Tania was invited to become a founding member of the Seville Symphony Orchestra in Spain and from there was invited to join the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in England as Associate Principal Viola. Whilst working with the BBC, Tania also held the principal viola position with the Northern Symphony Orchestra and was invited to perform as guest principal with the Halle Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also a founding member of the Wralle Trio and the Puligny String Quartet.
Tania joined the faculty of Georgia State University in 1998, quickly establishing herself on the Atlanta scene as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and viola soloist. She has a prolific recording career and appears on almost two hundred recordings covering orchestral, solo and chamber repertoire. She is a strong supporter of new music for the viola and has personally commissioned many new works.
Tania Maxwell Clements is a master teacher. Before moving to Atlanta, she taught orchestral techniques at Chethams School of Music (a Yehudi Menuhin School), the Royal Northern College of Music, and also taught at the Junior Department of the RSAMD. At GSU, Tania is Principal Senior Lecturer in Viola, Violin, and Music Survey, and the conductor of the Campus Orchestra.
Tonia Durden, Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor and Birth through 5 Program Coordinator within the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University. Dr. Durden’s primary scholarship and research trajectory focuses on exploring how to create racially equitable learning experiences for racially and ethnically diverse children. Dr. Durden’s professional work and scholarship can be categorized into three core areas of focus: Early Childhood Education (curriculum and program development); racial educational equity (research to professional practice); and Early Childhood Systems Engagement (strategic partnerships and equitable systems building). Dr. Durden is committed to using teacher education and research as an informative vehicle towards helping develop educators and leaders who become culturally responsive change agents and advocates in their classrooms and communities.
Dr. Kirkendoll is a registered nurse with clinical expertise in public health, community health and occupational health nursing. She began her nursing career in critical care. It was her desire to help people avoid intensive care units and hospital admissions that led her to community health. Other past clinical positions include interventional radiology and research coordination of cardiovascular nursing studies and HIV vaccine clinical trials. Recognizing the importance of nursing professionals in the care and well-being of individuals and communities, Dr. Kirkendoll transitioned to nursing education with a desire to participate in the development of the next generation of nursing professionals.
Dr. Kirkendoll teaches in the baccalaureate and PhD nursing degree programs in the Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions. Currently in the School of Nursing she serves as the interim associate dean of nursing and chief academic officer. Past positions include assistant director of the undergraduate program, director of the LPN-BSN and RN-BSN degree completion programs, and coordinator of the community health clinical course.
Dr. Kirkendoll’s research interests center on empowering vulnerable groups to achieve better health through knowledge acquisition and self-management skills.
She is particularly interested in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) among workers. Her dissertation research explored CPAP use among long-haul truck drivers diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Ultimately, she would like to examine the intersection of sleep and cardiovascular disease among workers and minority populations.
Rasha Ramzy is Associate Chair of the Department of Communication and a Principal Senior Lecturer.
Dr. Ramzy’s service spans the department, college, university and Board of Regents levels. She is a university senator and is on the Committee for Academic Programs and the Cultural Diversity Committee. Additionally, she is on the University Wage Equity and Inversion advisory group. On the college level, she served on the Undergraduate Council and the College to Career Integration Faculty Work Group. She was previously Undergraduate Director and is on the Communication Department’s Executive and chairs the department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. In addition to other service roles, Dr. Ramzy was the department’s representative on the Board of Regents Advisory Committee on Communication.
Dr. Ramzy was part of the team that developed and designed a Master Course (SCOM 1000, Human Communication). In addition, she helped pilot the course, teaching it as a Master Course in the following semesters.
As an instructor, Dr. Ramzy regularly teaches Research Methods, Persuasion, and Nonverbal Communication to undergraduates. On the graduate level, Dr. Ramzy teaches Pedagogy to graduate students.
Dr. Ramzy created an International Pedagogical Mentorship & Training program for GTAs at other institutions. For its inaugural run in Spring ’22, she selected and worked with five GTAs from GSU Department of Communication to in turn train GTAs at an international university (this time in Cairo, Egypt). Through this project, GSU GTAs were mentored in program development, pedagogical training, and teaching and mentoring peers at other (institutions). The GTAs at the partner institution were trained in teaching and learning best practices. In addition to engagement and collaboration, the GSU GTAs and the Cairo GTAs benefitted from international and intercultural learning and networking.
She is the 2022 recipient of CETLOE’s Pedagogical Mentorship Award.
Connecting her service and teaching, Dr. Ramzy’s primary interests include Curriculum, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Mentoring.
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.