Directory

Core Faculty

Bruce Arrigo
Professor
Colvard North 5078

Professor, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Interests: Mental Health, Law, and Policy; Ethics and Public Policy; Crime and Social Justice Dr. Arrigo was awarded the Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the Pennsylvania State University in the Administration of Justice where he specialized […]

Beth Bjerregaard
Professor

Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Interests: Gang Membership; Capital Punishment; Institutional Anomie Theory Dr. Bjerregaard received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York. She has since focused on a variety of gang membership and delinquent behaviors, as well as family […]

William Brandon
Professor Emeritus

Emeritus Professor of Health Policy Emeritus MMF Distinguished Professor, Political Science and Public Administration Research interests: Health and Healthcare; Social Policy; Medicaid/Affordable Care Act; Aging; History of Health Care; Health Financing Since retiring in December 2014, Dr. Brandon has supervised three PhD dissertations and is currently conducting a reading course (“Rethinking State and Workplace: Alternatives […]

Yang Cao
Associate Professor, Director of Sociology Graduate Studies

Faculty Website Associate Professor, Department of Sociology Associate Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Office location: Fretwell 490D Research Interests: Institutional Change; Social Inequality; Employment Relations; Values and Value Change Dr. Cao received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University. His research focuses on social change in contemporary China, and has been awarded funding from the […]

Joanne Carman
Associate Professor, Bonnie E. Cone Professorship in Civic Engagement

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationAssociate Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program https://politicalscience.charlotte.edu/directory/joanne-g-carman Office location: Fretwell 445DResearch interests: Public and Nonprofit Management; Program Evaluation; Community Development; Civic Engagement Dr. Carman received her Doctorate in Public Administration from Rockefeller College, University at Albany. Her research has focused on the use of social network analysis […]

Jacqueline Chattopadhyay
Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration Associate Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Website Research Interests: Health Policy; Health Administration; Social Policy; Social Capital, Race and Ethnicity; Public Opinion; Implementation, Regulation; Policy Evaluation Dr. Chattopadhyay received her PhD in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University. Her interest is in social policy; the […]

Scott Fitzgerald
Professor, Sociology Department Chair

Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Interests: Economic Inequality; the American Middle Class; Social Movements; Religion Dr. Fitzgerald earned his PhD (2003) in Sociology from the University of Iowa, an M.A. (1997) in Political Science from Iowa State University where he studied homelessness and public policy, and […]

Jason Giersch
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM and ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, POLITICAL SCIENCE
Class of 2012

Dr. Giersch is an associate professor who teaches courses on American politics, research methods, state and local politics, politics & film, and education policy. He is also the associate director of the university’s Public Policy program. His research focuses on education policy, specifically the areas of school choice, high-stakes testing, segregation, and teacher quality, as […]

William Graves
Associate Professor

John H. Biggs Faculty Fellow, GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences Associate Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Interests: Economic Development, Economic Geography, Urban Development; Post-industrial Transformation, Dr. Graves is an economic geographer specializing in studies of the post-industrial transformation of North Carolina. His work focuses on the […]

Eric Heberlig
Professor

Professor, Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationProfessor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty WebsiteResearch Interest: Congressional politics, Political Corruption, U.S. Elections, Campaign Finance, Interest Groups Dr. Heberlig (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is co-author of Congressional Parties, Institutional […]

Gordon Hull
Professor

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy Associate Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Webpage Research Interests: Political Theory; Law and Policy; Intellectual Property; Privacy; Data analytics Dr. Hull received his PhD (2000) from Vanderbilt University. In addition to his appointment in Philosophy and Public Policy, he serves as director of the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. […]

Martha E. Kropf
Professor

Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Clusters: Equality and Opportunity Policy; Policy Process and AdministrationResearch Interests: Social Capital and Political Engagement; Political Institutions and Public Policy; Gender and Race; Election Policy Dr. Kropf received her PhD (1998) in Political Science from American University and served […]

Suzanne Leland
Professor, MPA Director

Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Interests: Policy Process and Administration; Economy; Urban Development; Political Institutions and Public Policy; Transportation Policy; Gender and Race Dr. Leland received her PhD (1999) in Public Administration, American Politics, and Public Policy from University of Kansas. She Directed the […]

Shelley Listwan
Professor

Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Associate Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Interest: Correctional Rehabilitation, Criminology Theory, and Victimization in Prison Dr. Shelley Listwan (2001) received her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes on the topics of Criminological Theory, Institutional Corrections, Community Corrections, […]

Roslyn Mickelson
Chancellor’s Professor

Chancellor’s Professor, Department of SociologyChancellor’s Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Research Interest: ethnicity, race, gender, and social class to educational processes and outcomes, educational policy and school reform, school diversity and outcomes across the life course, gender, race, and STEM K-16+ outcomes. Faculty Website Education: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1984 Recent and/or Relevant […]

Stephanie Moller
Professor

Professor, Department of Sociology Professor and Director, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003 Research Interest: She conducts research on income inequality within the United States and cross-nationally. She also conducts research on mathematics achievement in primary and secondary schools, examining racial, ethnic and socio-economic gaps […]

Isabelle Nilsson
Associate Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences Assistant Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Interests: Transportation policy, Urban development, Location of firms and households, Residential mobility Dr. Nilsson’s research interests are focused on firm location, transportation, and housing. In particular, she is interested in the effects of public policy and public investments […]

Jaclyn Piatak
Associate Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration Assistant Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Research Fellow, Center for Organizational Research and Design, Arizona State University Faculty Website Research Interests: Social Capital and Political Engagement; Policy Implementation; Public Management; Social Policy; Cognitive and Psychological Influences in the Policy Process; Gender, Race, and Policy Her research […]

Stephanie Potochnick
Associate Professor
Benjamin J. Radford
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration Assistant Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Website

Beth Rubin
Professor Emeritus
704-687-7826

Professor of Sociology, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, Emeritus Education: Ph.D. Indiana University, 1983 Research Interest: Dr. Rubin’s current research focuses on: the intersections of gender, race, age and perceptions of managers on a variety of employee outcomes; organizational and workplace restructuring, policy, work-family balance, generational differences in the workplace and their consequences; the long-term […]

Teresa Scheid
Professor

Professor, Department of Sociology Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Education: Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1986 Research Interest: Dr. Scheid is Professor of Sociology with joint appointments in Public Policy and Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has published widely on the organization and delivery of mental […]

Peter Schwarz
Professor

Professor, Department of Economics, Belk College of Business Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Research Interests: Airline industry; Electricity industry; Energy and environment; Law and economics; Pricing of electricity, airlines, and roads Dr. Schwarz’s research addresses energy and environment issues, particularly electricity-pricing research done in conjunction with Duke Energy Corporation. He has received grants […]

Dale Smith
Professor

Professor and Chair, Department of Global Studies Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Education: Ph.D in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dr. Smith’s current research within the field of international political economy focuses on the conditions under which governments choose (1) to shift their international capital control policies toward liberalization and (2) to alter their […]

Elizabeth Stearns
Professor and Director, Public Policy Doctoral Program

Professor, Department of Sociology Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Education: PhD, North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001 Research Interest: Dr. Stearns’ primary research efforts revolve around issues of social inequality, especially how inequality is generated and maintained in the formal schooling system in the U.S. Much of the inequality that Dr. Stearns studies lies along […]

John Stogner
Associate Professor

Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Assistant Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website Dr. John Stogner is a criminologist who primarily teaches courses in Criminological Theory, Drugs and Crime, Biosocial Criminology, and Research Methodology. The majority of his research focuses on drug use, abuse, and policy, but much of his work also […]

John Szmer
Professor

Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administratio Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Education: Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2005 Research Interest: His research examines the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals, U.S. state courts of last resort, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Generally, he has focused on two central questions: the role […]

Jean-Claude Thill
Knight Distinguished Professor

Education: Ph.D., Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 1988 Research Interest: Dr. Thill has a long standing interest in the study of the spatial dimensions of socio-economic organizations at the metropolitan and regional scale, particularly the interfacing between transportation and mobility systems, urban land use, urban forms and urban functions, urban adaptation and resilience. His recent […]

Jim Walsh
Professor

Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Website James Igoe Walsh is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research interests include armed conflict and civil wars and international security cooperation and conflict. His work has been published by Columbia University Press, […]

Jason Windett
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science Associate Professor, Public Policy Doctoral Program Faculty Webpage Dr. Windett’s research agenda focuses broadly on the area of representation in American politics with a focus on state politics, state courts, and gender and politics. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Political […]

Artie Zillante
Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Belk College of Business

Professor and Chair, Department of Economics Education: Florida State University, Economics, 2004 Research Interest: Dr. Zillante’s primary research interest is in using economic experiments to understand how changes in institutional arrangements and mechanism designs affect economic and social outcomes. His research to date has used the experimental method to examine these effects in auctions, lemons […]