PhD Students2018-09-17T09:26:38+00:00

Ph.D students in the School of Public and International Affairs represent diverse research focuses in the areas of Governance, Public Administration, and Urban Planning. Within SPIA there are two Ph.D programs:

Public Administration & Public Affairs The PhD in Public Administration & Public Affairs (PAPA) prepares scholars for university faculty careers, and prepares scholars and administrators for policy-making and senior management positions and it engages practitioners and graduate students in research in a range of fields.
Planning, Governance, and Globalization (Two tracks: GG and UEDP) The PhD in Planning, Globalization and Governance (PGG) draws insights from the social sciences and humanities into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. The PGG degree has two tracks, Governance & Globalization (GG) and Urban & Environmental Design & Planning (UEDP). The GG track is supported by faculty in Government and International Affairs and the UEDP track is supported by faculty in Urban Affairs and Planning.


Sean Adkins
seanta8@vt.edu
Constitutional Federalism, Local Governance, and Research Ethics
Primary Advisor: Dr. Sara Jordan

Yousof Azizi yousof@vt.edu
Reform & Reorganization, Performance Measurement, Public Policy Processes, Energy Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Rabita Reshmeen Banee rabita@vt.edu
Non-profit Management, Organizational Theory, and Leadership
Primary Advisor: Dr. Robin Lemaire

William Belcher bjoe@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joe Rees

Guy C. Beougher guyb@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

William Graham Berberich wberberi@vt.edu
Organizational Networks, Seaport Security, Measures of Security, Outsourcing of Security
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Ben Bergersen ben.bergersen@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Jim Brandell jimbrandell@yahoo.com
Federal Advisory Boards and Commissions
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

John Brennan johnb95@vt.edu
Legislative Oversight and Policy Assessment
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Donald Briggs briggsd@ndu.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Anne Khademian

Emily Swenson Brock emily.brock@vt.edu
Public Financial Management and Public Pension Reform
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Charles A. Buechel cbueche1@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Kathryn Jean Buechel kbuechel@vt.edu
Veteran Benefits, Higher Ed, State & Local Policy, Meditation & Mindfulness in Org. Culture, Policy Design
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Nathaniel Buss nbuss@vt.edu
Public Management, Bureaucracy, Governmental Performance, Public Value, National and Homeland Security
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Joseph Roland Castle jrcastle@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Derek P. Chancellor drock67@vt.edu
Leadership Theory and Practice; Strategic Thinking and Planning; Organizational Effectiveness, Training, and Development
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Lorita Copeland Daniels dlorita9@vt.edu
Public Organizations, Community Engagement, Local Government, Collaboration, Public Participation
Primary Advisor: TBD

Thomas Dawson tedawson@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Susan Sterett

Salvatore Peter Degennaro dsalva1@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Jared DeMello jdemello@vt.edu
Science and Technology in Government, Ethics in Administration
Primary Advisor: Dr. Sara Jordan

Daniel John Dunmire ddunmire@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Jeffrey L. Earley jearley@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Christopher William Edmunds edmundsc@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Jaimie Edwards jedwar35@vt.edu
Networks, Higher Education and Health Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Sara Jordan

Jamie Finch finchjdc@gmail.com
Congressional action’s impact on local transportation decision making
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

John Geraghty jgeraght@vt.edu
Information Sharing using Public Private Partnerships
Primary Advisor: TBD

John Giandoni johngiandoni@gmail.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Joseph Kenneth Gilkerson jgilker@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Lisa N. Gniady lngniady@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Hult

Gregory Goode ggoode@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Abraham David Gunn adgunn@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Diaz Hendropriyono dhendrop@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Anne Khademian

Edgar Hollandsworth hoya86@vt.edu
Intelligence Community Management; Science and Techology in Public Administration; Performance Measurement
Primary Advisor: Dr. Susan Sterett

Kathlyn Hopkins loudin@vt.edu
Federal Agencies, Interagency Working Groups, Bureaucratic Autonomy, Networks
Primary Advisor: Dr. Sara Jordan

Thomas Charles Howard tchowa@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Faith Gibson Hubbard fgib07@vt.edu
The role and impact of public engagement in decision-making processes focused on comprehensive public (PreK-12) education planning in the D.C. Public Schools
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

L. Maria Ingram laura13@vt.edu
Public Contracting, Theory and Practice; Administrative Law; Information, Language, and Content Standardization
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Marilyn Jackson marijac@vt.edu
State Attorneys General; Federal Courts; Public Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Jon Michael Johnson jon.johnson@vt.edu
Decision Making, Sensemaking Federal IT Policy, Federal IT Procurement Policy, Federal Contracting
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Patrick Johnson pajohns2@vt.edu
E-government, Digital Government, Technology, Organization Theory, Management, Budgeting, Defense Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Jeffrey P. Kaczmarczyk coachkaz@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Oleh Khalayim okhala@hotmail.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Allison G. S. Knox kallis1@vt.edu
Federalism and Emergency Management Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Theresa Kohler tjkohler@vt.edu
Organizational Change, Organizational Culture, Leadership in Organizations and Institutions
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joe Rees

Rosa Castillo Krewson rosac@vt.edu
Examining the Affects of Minority Veterans’ Networks on Education Outcomes
Primary Advisor: Not determined

Melvene Lanier melvene.lanier@comcast.net
Minority Underrepresentation in Federal Agencies’ Senior Executive Service:  Institutional Pressures that Influence the Adoption and Use of Equity and Diversity Practices
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Leisha G. LaRiviere llariviere@vt.edu
Virginia’s erformance:  Analysis of  Leadership Training and Development on Succession Planning Strategies in Two Target State Employee Populations in the Commonwealth
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Brian Cook and Dr. Joe Rees

Derek Larson derekb.larson@gmail.com
Policy Processes, Regulatory Rulemaking, Technology Policy, Safety Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Minh Thieng Le mle01@vt.edu
Credit Union Movement and the Enabling Legislations that Shape the Credit Union Industry in the U.S.
Primary Advisors: Dr. Karen Hult and Dr. Joe Rees

Kimberly Taylor Lee kilee1@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Crane Lopes cranel@vt.edu
Dissertation Title: Historical Institutionalism and Defense Public Procurement: The Case of Other Transactions Agreements
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Amira Maaty amiramaaty@gmail.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Susan Maybaum smaybaum@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Anne Khademian

Lester Lanier Maynard llmayna@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Robert Kyle Mcdaniel rkm@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Lauren McKeague mckeague@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

John Medeiros eagle4@vt.edu
National Infrastructure and Homeland Security Public Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Jennie Kay Meeker jepage@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Mark Mereand markmere@yahoo.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Timothy Todd Meredith timeredi@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Robin Lemaire

Jessica Lee Minnis-Mcclain mjess08@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joe Rees

Phil Miskovic miskovic@vt.edu
Rural Local Government, Public Safety, Emergency Management, Cultural Resiliency Post-disaster
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Andrea Briceno Mosquera bandream@vt.edu
Higher Education Policy for Undocumented Students int he U.S.
Primary Advisors: Dr. Laura Jensen and Dr. Ray Zuniga

Marlon Roel Murphy rmmurphy@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Adam Eckerd

Robert Barry Murphy murphyrb@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Julie K. Neumann jkn10@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Adam Eckerd

Kelly Novak knovak@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

John L. O’Brien obrienj@vt.edu
Strategic Planning and Performance Management
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Hult

Seref G. Onder sgonder@vt.edu
Public Organizations, Personnel/Human Resource Management, Org. Theory, Org.Culture Law Enforcement Agencies, Homeland Security, Ethics
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Benjamin Packard bpackard@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Susan Sterett

Jacob Anthony Parcell japarcel@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Nathan Joseph Pawlicki nathanjp@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Jacob Paysour jpaysour@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joe Rees

Laura Anne Pennington lapenn@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Hult

Harold Donald Pitts hpitts@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Daniel Moore Reed danreed@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Ashley Nicole Reynolds Marshall anr1221@vt.edu
Nonprofit Management, Local Government Management, Collaborations, Administrative Law, Corporate Social Responsibility
Primary Advisor: Dr. Brian Cook

Jim Roberts James.Roberts@heratage.org
Nexus between Public Policies of Countries Worldwide and Their Rates of Economic Growth and Development
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Arun Sharma arun11@vt.edu
Patient-centric Care in the U.S. – A comparative study of patient satisfaction and quality care among for-profit physician-owned, corporate-owned, and not-for-profit hospitals
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Karen M. Hult

Stacey Shindelar stacey09@vt.edu
Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, Legislative or Regulatory Failure
Primary Advisors: Dr. Joe Rees and Dr. Karen Hult

Russell Bowman Shrader rbshrade@vt.edu
Diversity Management, Equality in Organizations
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Neysa Slater-Chandler nslater@vt.edu
Federal Agencies, Boards, Commissions; Bureaucratic Autonomy; Power; Regulation; Stolen Valor; U.S. military; U.S. Navy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Hult

Henry Smart, III hsmart3@vt.edu
Behavioral Public Administration, Policing and Colorism, Disasters and Presidential Pork
Primary Advisors: Drs. Adam Eckerd and Joe Rees

Andrea Baker Smith absmith1@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Jessica L. Spencer-Gallucci jspen53601@cox.net
Public Managers Use of Inclusive Management in Practices
Primary Advisors: Dr. Anne Khademian and Dr. Matthew Dull

Jeffrey Daniel Stern jdstern@vt.edu
Emergency Mgt, Homeland Security and Terrorism; Disaster Response Organizations; Crisis Leadership; Incident Analysis; and Organizational Culture
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Dennis Paul Stevens stevendp@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Dawn M. Stoneking dawnst@vt.edu
Equality, Justice, Leadership and Management, Public Policy Processes, Policy Design, Implementation and Evaluation
Primary Advisor: Dr. Brian Cook

Shahid Rashid Talukdar shahidur@vt.edu
Sustainable Development, Local and Regional Governance, International Trade and Development
Primary Advisors: Dr. Sara Jordan and Dr. Thomas Skuzinski

Jeanne Kay Vargo jkvargo@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Brian Cook

Tonya Denice Vincent tonyaw@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Warren Whitley wwhitley@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Lorenzo Williams lorenzo7@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Hult

Huishan Yang hyang@vt.edu
Public Service Motivation, Organization and Personnel, Community Engagement
Primary Advisor: Dr. Robin Lemaire

Anne Zobell zobella8@vt.edu
Social Welfare Policy, Organizational Culture in Congress, The Effects of Paid Sick Leave Laws
Primary Advisor: Dr. Susan Sterett

Nadhrah A Kadir nadhrah1@vt.edu
Bureaucracy and public organizations, democratic and administrative values and red tape
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joe Rees

Muna Al Dhabbah muna77@vt.edu
Government Innovation, Service Delivery Improvement, Citizen Relationship Management and Citizen Satisfaction
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Daniel Paul Boden dpb22@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Hult

Andrew Francis Coffey acoffey5@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Michael J. DeLor mjdelor@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Hult

Saunji Desiree Fyffe sfyffe@vt.edu
Government-nonprofit Relationships and Networks; Organization Accountability and Performance; and Nonprofit Capacity
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Raifu Durodoye rod0001@vt.edu
Social Justice/ Higher Ed Policy/ Quantitative Methods
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Haider Haider hahaider@vt.edu
Narrative Analysis, Institutionalism, Rational Choice, Decision Making
Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew Dull

Meredith Hundley merehund@vt.edu
Implementation, Broadband & Internet Policy, Collaboration, Nonprofits
Primary Advisor: Dr. Brian Cook

Kwangseon Hwang kshwang@kistep.re.kr
Public administration and Policy Theory, Public Orgnization, Public Accountability, S&T Policy
Primary Advisors: Dr. Laura Jensen

Katherine Preston Keeney kapresto@vt.edu
Arts and Cultural Policy, Arts Mgt, Nonprofit and Public Financial Mgt, Org Theory, Public-nonprofit Partnerships
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Michael S. Keeney michaelskeeney@gmail.com
Gubernatorial and Legislative Design; State and Federal Budgeting; Legislative Oversight
Primary Advisors: Dr. Brian Cook and Dr. Karen Hult

David King kingd@ndu.edu
Outputs: The ‘Missing Link’ in U.S. Federal Government Performance Reporting
Primary Advisor: Dr. Jim Wolf

Jaekwon Ko jaekk75@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Brian Cook

Paul Frederick Leimer pleimer@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Jim Wolf

Michal Linder michall@vt.edu
Human Behavior and Decision Making in Complex Environments, Collaborative Public Mgt, Cross Cultural Theories, Admin Law, Theories of Regulation, Security and Crisis Mgt
Primary Advisors: Dr. Karen Hult and Dr. Patrick Roberts

James Muetzel jmuetzel@vt.edu
Law and Public Administration; Organization Theory; Governance and Public Management; and the Context of Public Administration
Primary Advisor: Dr. Jim Wolf

John Christopher O’Byrne jackobyrne@vt.edu
Dissertation: The Diffussion and Evolution of 311 Citizen Service Centers in American Cities over 100,000, 1996 to 2012
Primary Advisor: Dr. Patrick Roberts

Glenn Orr gorr05@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Larkin Dudley

Nicole Rishel Elias nicole.rishel.elias@gmail.com
Theory and Context of Public Administration, Human Resources Management, Diversity, and Public Representation and Participation
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen M. Hult

Donna Ann Sedgwick sedgwick@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Fatima Sharif fsharif@vt.edu
Public Health Administration and Policy, Federalism and Social Policy, Social Determinants of Health
Primary Advisor: Dr. Laura Jensen

Aaron M. Smith-Walter Aaron_smithwalter@uml.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Brian Cook

Scott Weimer weimers@vt.edu
Organizational Learning;  Networks; International Public Administration
Primary Advisor: Dr. Brian Cook

Jessica Lee Wirgau jwirgau@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Brian Cook

Mary Jo Wills mwills@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Karen Hult

Putu Desy Apriliani putuda8@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Carmen Boggs-Parker cabooker@vt.edu
Intercultural Learning in Cross-cultural Contexts
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Luis Camacho lcamacho@vt.edu
Economic Development, Sociology of Work, Innovation and Technology in Workplaces, Participatory Management Practices, Dignity at Work
Primary Advisor: Dr. Joyce Rothschild

Jon Catherwood-Ginn rjginn@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Martin Cho martinhc@vt.edu
Geopolitics and Development of Energy Resources
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Ben Coleman bencoleman@vt.edu
International Political Economy, Macroeconomics, Finance, Central Banking, Economic History
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Giselle Datz

Lindy Cranwell lindycra@vt.edu
International Education, Higher Education, Faculty Engagement in Comprehensive Internationalization, University Student Global Mobility
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jonathan Elliott jtelliott@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Simone Franzi franzisimone@vt.edu
Global Political Economy, The Politics and Geography of Trade Agreements
Primary Advisors: Drs. David Bieri and Giselle Datz

Rachel Gabriele rachelvg@vt.edu
The Effects of Power and Narrative in the Built Environment of Detroit
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson and Dr. Maggie Cowell

Jen Gooding jgooding@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Ben Grove ben.grove@vt.edu
Leadership of NGOs
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Terken Gupur terken@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Helen Horton helenuva@yahoo.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Pishtiwan Jalal pishti1@vt.edu
Terrorism, Islamic Radicalism, Political Islam, Democracy and the Kurdish Issue
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Marc Jasper marcwj62@vt.edu
Nationalism; US Military Intervention; Balkans, Caucasus & Middle East Conflict & Area Studies: Peace Operations & Low-intensity Conflict; Conflict Resolution
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Craig Johnson cjohn5x@vt.edu
Post-Cold War Nuclear Security Regimes
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Joseph Karle karle1jb@vt.edu
Analyzing US nation building efforts in the Middle East since 9/11, particularly the way interactions between US personnel and local leaders (governmental and military) impact the development of governance and security structures
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Jared “Jake” Keyel jaredk1@vt.edu
Critical Refugee and Forced Migration Studies
Primary Advisors: Professor Max Stephenson

Gregory Kruczek kruczek1@vt.edu
Lebanon/Syia; Lebanese Civil War; Nationalism studies, Modern Levantine History
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ariel Ahram and Professor Joel Peters

Walter “Rick” Landgraf wfland3@vt.edu
DeFacto States; Ethnic Conflicts; Russian Foreign Policy; NATO-Russia Relations; Visual Geopolitics
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Benjamin Louis bflouis@vt.edu
Alliance Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, International Relations Theory
Primary Advisors: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Paul Avey

Sarah Lyon-Hill sarahlh@vt.edu
Theater Arts and Community Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Julian R. Meade julian67@vt.edu
Geopolitics of the Arctic Region
Primary Advisor:  Professor Joel Peters

Tiernan Mennen tiernkm@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Giselle Datz

Gela Merabishvili gm88@vt.edu
How sub-state actors, such as cities and regions, influence international politics; the EU, particularly its foreign and security policy, Russia, and the countries in their shared neighborhood
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Allison D. Miller ahern09@vt.edu
Community Building and Countering Violent Extremism: An Ethnographic Analysis of Metro Detroit
Primary Advisors:  Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Priya Dixit

Gabriel Mitchell gabim14@vt.edu
Regionalism, majority-minority politics, and the formation of state foreign policy. His dissertation explores the relationship between energy policy and foreign policy in Israel and the Eastern Mediterranean
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Brett R. Netto brettn76@vt.edu
Dissertation Title: Russia as a Great Power: An English School Approach to Yeltsin’s Presidency (1991-200)
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Patricia Parera patric7@vt.edu
Including the excluded: change toward social inclusion; Violence against Women, the case of indigenous adolescent girls in Guatemala
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Eric Reading ereading@vt.edu
Political Transitions, International Development, Middle East
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Alana Romanella aromanel@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Kevin Rosier kjrosier@vt.edu
International political economy, macroeconomics, and international development
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Jeanette Ruiz ruizjr@vt.edu
Understanding How Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) Impact and Empower Informal Networks as these Networks Develop Tools for Re-shaping Economies, Polities, and International Relations
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

Kevin Saderup kevin57@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Moon Yousif Sulfab esulfab@vt.edu
International Relations, geopolitics, and Cyberwarfare in the Greater Middle East
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Ethan Tabor etabor6@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Giselle Datz

John Terpinas terp@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Donald Tighe donaldvt@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Lacy Watson elw3@vt.edu
International Refugee Research: refugee integration and policy
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Georgeta Pourchot

Michael Wiener mtwiener@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Khodr Zaarour kaazrour@vt.edu
Intl Relations, US Foreign & Security Policy, emphasis: transnational crime & contentious politics in the Greater Middle East
Primary Advisors: Professor Karen Hult and Professor Joyce Rothschild

Xiaochen Zhang zxc@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Maurice Binioube Aleyao aleyb06@vt.edu
An Investigation of NGO-Government Partnerships for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS and Malaria in the Maritime Region of Togo
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Don Back dback@vt.edu
Neoliberalism, Academic Capitalism and Higher Education in Developing Countries
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Beth Beck bethbeck@vt.edu
“The Spark that Ignites the Creative Idea: An Examination of the Group Practice of LAUNCH
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Emily Barry-Murphy emilybar@vt.edu
Democratizing the Refugee Regime Complex
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Belt beltdavid@gmail.com
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Ashleigh Breske aslilly@vt.edu
Dissertation:  Politics of Repatriation: Formalizing Indigenous Cultural Property Rights
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Carl Ciovacco carl7@vt.edu
International Relations and Global Security
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Arnold C. Dupuy acdupuy@vt.edu
Patterns of Regionalism and Security: Energy as a Transformational Influence in the Black Sea Area.
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Heba F. El-Shazli heba@vt.edu
Political Role of Labor Movements in the MENA Region Contributing to the Arab Spring
Primary Advisor: Professor Joel Peters

Anna Erwin erwinae@vt.edu
Food Systems, Participatory Democracy, Social Justice
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Sonya Finley sonyalf@vt.edu
U.S. Foreign Policy, Public Diplomacy/Psychological Warfare, Defense Strategy
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Stefanie Georgakis Abbott stefieg@vt.edu
Critical International Relations Theory, European Union Politics, Border Studies, Immigration
Primary Advisors: Professor Tim Luke and Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Eric Hodges ebhodges@usf.edu
Democratic Theory, Civic Engagement, Military Veterans, Moral Philosophy, and Cosmopolitanism
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Emily Howard Ray Emily.Ray@sonoma.edu
Environmental political theory and environmental politics, with particular interest in land-use conflicts, social movements, and feminist theory
Primary Advisory: Professor Tim Luke

Adna Karamehic akara@vt.edu
Dissertation:  Reconceptions of Home and Identity within the Post-War Bosnian Diaspora in the United States
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Mahin Khan mahin@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Sabithulla Khan khanpgg@vt.edu
Philanthropy, Civil Society, Muslim Societies in the U.S and Middle East, Inter-faith Work and Civic Engagement
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

Kristin Kirk kckirk@vt.edu
Dissertation:  Assessing Nonprofit Websites: Developing an Evaluation Model
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Adis Maksic adismax@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Sulayman Njie sauln@vt.edu
Dissertation:  Where Market Meets Community: An Economoic and Gender Study of Microfinance in The Gambia
Primary Advisor: Professor Joyce Rothschild

William Bryan Riddle briddle@lmi.org
The Essence of Desperation:  Accounting for Counterinsurgency Doctrines as Solutions to Warfighting Failures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
Primary Advisor: Professor Gerard Toal

Hamza Safouane hsafouan@vt.edu
Dissertation:  Governing Migrants in the European Union: A Critical Approach to Interrogating Migrants’ Journey Narratives
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Nicole Sanderlin npsander@vt.edu
Internationalization of Higher Education, Faculty Engagement, and Strategic Planning
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Adriana Seagle aseagle@vt.edu
The English School, Sub-global Regional Int’l Societies, Intelligence Practices w/in Military Alliances, European Security and Foreign Policies
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis

Dallas Shaw dallas69@vt.edu
Dissertation:  Harsh and Philanthropic War: US Third-Party Counterinsurgency Interventions
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ariel Ahram

Michelline Stokes sjmichey@vt.edu
Deindustrialization and Household Survival Strategies, Globalization, and Women and Work
Primary Advisor: Drs. Giselle Datz and Dale Wimberley

Sarah Surak smsurak@salisbury.edu
Dissertation: Bringing in the Garbage: Opening a critical space for vehicle disposal practices
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Courtney Thomas courts.thomas@gmail.com
Political Economy, Food Politics, and Mass Political Violence
Primary Advisor: Professor Edward Weisband

Mark Thorum thorun1@cs.com
Dissertation: Essays in International Financial Governance
Primary Advisor: Professors Tim Luke and Charles Taylor

Bart Yavorosky bartyav@vt.edu
Interest Group Politics, Administrative Rulemaking, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership, Volunteer Management, and Fundraising
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Ernesto L. Acosta ela2ness@vt.edu
Transportation and Environment
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Ralph Buehler and Prof. Tom Sanchez

Jessica Agnew jlagnew@vt.edu
Market-based Approaches to Address Poverty and Malnutrition
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Hypatia Alexandria h1patia@vt.edu
Transportation Technologies, Innovation
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

SeungBee Choi sbchoi@vt.edu
Housing Policy, Homeownership, Housing Tenure Choice
Primary Advisor: Dr. Thomas Skuzinski

Tiffany Cousins tiffanycousins@vt.edu
Disaster Management, Participatory GIS, Community Resilience, Natural Hazards, Social Media
Primary Advisors: Dr. Maggie Coweill and Dr. Yang Zhang

Alan Cunningham alanfc71@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Buehler

Karen Drake kdrake@vt.edu
Not Stated
Primary Advisors: Dr. Maggie Cowell and Dr. John Provo

Will Drake wdrake@vt.edu
Climate Change and Natural Hazards Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Selma Elouardighi selmae@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall and Professor Edward Weisband

Efon Epanty efon@vt.edu
Transportation technology, policy and the impact of technology on decision making
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Raj G. C. rajgc@vt.edu
A Comparative Analysis of the Sustainability of Multiple-Use Water Service Systems; (MUS) and Single-Use Domestic Water Systems (SUS): Examples from the Hills of Nepal
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Mahtot Gebresselassie gmahtot@vt.edu
The Role of Technology in Accessibility of Transport for Persons With Disabilities
Primary Advisor:  Professor Tom Sanchez

Fleur Gooden fleur@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Khushboo Gupta khushboo@vt.edu
Smart Cities and Livability in Developing Countries, Economic Impact Analysis
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Hwa young Kim eagloo@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Stephen Kleiber kleiber@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Dr. Diane Zahm

Huyen Le huyenle@vt.edu
Travel Behavior, Activity-Travel, Choice Modeling
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Tianjun Lu tianjun@vt.edu
Environmental Planning and Transportation Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Steve Hankey

Omchand Mahdu omchand4@vt.edu
The Impacts of Climate Change on Rice Production and Small Farmers’ Adaptation: a Case of Guyana 
Primary Advisors: Drs. Todd Schenk and Yang Zhang

Neda Moayerian mneda14@vt.edu
Cultural Tourism, Civic Engagement and Community Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Cheryl L. Montgomery clmontgo@vt.edu
Critical Race Theory, Counterpublics, Community Identity, Digital Storytelling
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Seth Peery sspeery@vt.edu
GIS, Impact of Telecommunications on Rural Economic Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Hye-jeong Seo seohj@vt.edu
Environmental Risk Communication in Public Decision-making, Public Dispute Resolution, Participatory Planning
Primary Advisor: Dr. Todd Schenk

Vera Smirnova veras@vt.edu
Dissertation: On the Land, Territory, and Crisis Triad: Enclosure and Capitalist Appropriation of the Russian Land Commune
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Frances Stanley fstanley@vt.edu
Community Development Non Profits
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

Kaidi Wang kaidi@vt.edu
Automated Vehicle, Transportation, Land Use, Environment
Primary Advisor: Dr. Wenwen Zhang

Qiong Wang wqiong7@vt.edu
Disaster Resilience and Risk Management
Primary Advisor: Dr. Yang Zhang

Yang Wang yang6@vt.edu
Land Use Science & Urban Stormwater Runoff
Primary Advisor:  Dr. Todd Schenk and Dr. Wenwen Zhang

Emma R. Wei rrw@vt.edu
Public Choice, Fiscal Federalism, Fiscal Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Maggie Cowell

Daniel White dannyw@vt.edu
Sport and International Development, Social Capital, International Development
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Jane Anne Williams janeann@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tim Luke

Joshua Wimpey jorshw@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Drs. Ralph Hall and Kris Wernstedt

Davon Woodard davon@vt.edu
Urban Computing, Social Network Analysis, Digital Ethnography, Public Participation
Primary Advisor: Drs. David Bieri and Wenwen Zhang

Ruixiang Xie xrx1993@vt.edu
Environmental Policy, Climate Change, Global and Local Governance
Primary Advisors:  Dr. Kris Wernstedt and Dr. Yang Zhang

Arica Young arica2@vt.edu
Suburban Spaces, Cohousing and Ecovillages, Social and Environmental Sustainability
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Buehler

Wafa Al-Daily waldaily@vt.edu
Dissertation: An Exploration of State and Non-State Actor Engagement in Informal Settlement Governance in the Mahwa Aser Neighborhood and Sana’a City, Yemen
Primary Advisors: Professors Max Stephenson and Kathleen Parrott

Yehyun (Hannah) An yehyun@vt.edu
Dissertation: The Operationalization of Capacity Development: The Case of Urban Infrastructure Projects in India
Primary Advisor: Dr. Ralph Hall

Veronica Arroyave varroya@vt.edu
Dissertation: Networks in the Disaster Response and Global Health Domain: A case study of The Partnership for Quality Medical Donation’s response to the 2010 Haitian Earthquake
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

David Bieri bieri@vt.edu
Dissertation: Location Choice, Linkages and the Spatial Economy: Essays on Theory, Evidence and Heterodox Assessment
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Brendan Brink-Halloran bbrink42@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Timothy G. Brown tgbrown@vt.edu
Environmental Conflicts, The U.S. News Media, Public Agenda Setting
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Fanny Carlet fanny09@vt.edu
Sustainable Development and Green Infrastructure
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Marc Fialkoff marcf@vt.edu
Critical Infrastructure Resilience and Security, Freight Transportation Planning and Policy
Primary Advisors: Dr. Ralph Hall and Dr. Ralph Buehler

Kate Fisher fisherm@cna.org
Dissertation: Aging America: Essays on Population Aging and the Physical and Economic Landscapes in the United States
Primary Advisor: Dr. Casey Dawkins

Trevor Flanery tflanery@vt.edu
Economic and Community Development, Complex Adaptive Systems, Networks, Models & Simulation Science
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Curt Gervich cgervich@plattsburgh.edu
Decision Making for Sustainability – EDP (Planning)
Primary Advisor: Professor Max Stephenson

Anja Hälg Bieri ahb@vt.edu
Urban Geography, Architecture, Documentary Art, Critical Theory, Walkable Urbanism, Creative Cities
Primary Advisor: Dr. Paul Knox

Andrea Hamre ahamre@gmail.com
Commuter Benefits, Transport Justice, Travel Behavior
Primary Advisor: Dr. Kris Wernstedt

Allison Heck ajaheck@vt.edu
Cultural Development, Community and Economic Development, Participatory Planning, Gentrification, and Resilience
Primary Advisor: Dr. Derek Hyra

Priscila Izar izarpris@vt.edu
Dissertation: Housing Provision through Real Estate Development: adopting Public-Private Partnerships for affordable housing delivery in Brazil
Primary Advisors: Dr. David Bieri and Dr. Giselle Datz

Jennifer LeFurgy jlefurgy@vt.edu
“Staying Power: Aging in Community and the Village Model”
Primary Advisor: Professor Jim Bohland

Monica Licher mlicher@vt.edu
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Jesse Richardson

Cindy Lintz mila@vt.edu
Perceptions of Other Along the Bulgarian-Macedonian Border
Primary Advisors: Drs. Sonia Hirt and Derek Hyra

Morgan Mbeky
Not stated
Primary Advisor: Professor Tom Sanchez

Dale Medearis dmedearis@novaregion.org
European (specifically German) urban planning practices, and regional climate mitigation and adaptation policies
Primary Advisor: Professor Chris Nelson

Joao Mil-Homens joaomh@ualg.pt
Dissertation: Labeling Schemes or Labeling Scams? Auditors’ Perspectives on ISO 14001 Certification
Primary Advisors: Professor John Randolph and Dr. Joe Rees

Asli Ceylan Oner aoner@fau.edu
Globalization, Global Cities, Metropolitan Decentralization, and Comparative Urbanization
Primary Advisor: Professor Paul Knox

Damian Pitt dpitt@vcu.edu
Dissertation: The Diffusion of Climate Protection Planning among U.S. Municipalities
Primary Advisor: Professor John Randolph

Andrew Sanderford sanderford@email.arizona.edu
Dissertation: Bridging the Diffusion of Innovation Chasm for Green Housing
Primary Advisor: Professor Ted Koebel

Caitlin Walter csugrue@vt.edu
Economic Development & Housing Policy
Primary Advisor: Dr. Maggie Cowell