Chairperson: Dr. Kingsley Esedo
Professors: Dr. William Arp, Dr. Huey Perry, Dr. Leila Sarieddine
Associate Professors: Dr. Revathi Hines, Dr. Hassan Mahadallah, Dr. Albert Samuels
Assistant Professors: Prof. Christopher Cottrell, Prof. Blanche Smith
William Arp III (Ph.D.), Arizona State University (1989) is a full professor of Political Science and Justice Studies with expertise in the evaluation of Public Policy and its Impact on minority populations. Dr. Arp has published in Policy Studies Review, Journal of Social Justice, The Western Journal of Black Studies, Southeastern Political Review, Environment and Behavior, International Migration, and others. A contribution can be found in a Vanderbilt University book released entitled "David Duke and the Rebirth of Race in Southern Politics." Dr. Arp has recently edited a book entitled Understanding American Government (2006). Among Dr. Arp's research interests are Politics and Religion in America, HIV/AIDS and Black Incarceration and the Crisis of Black Leadership in Politics.
Christopher E. Cottrell (M.A., University at Albany, State University of New York, 1990) is an assistant professor and teaches and specializes in the fields of cultural geography, electoral geography, medical geography and bioterrorism. He is a member of the Department of Political Science and Geography, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
Revathi Iyer Hines (Ph.D., Howard University-1998) is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science and Geography which is housed in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Her research interests include environmental justice, environmental policy, and gender studies. She has published in the Journal of Black Studies, Western Journal of Black Studies, and others. She is also a contributing editor of the book, Understanding American Government (2005).
Albert L. Samuels (Ph.D. Louisiana State University-August 1998) is an associate professor of Political Science who specializes in American politics, black politics, public law and educational policy. He has taught courses in American Government, State and Local Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Black Politics, Louisiana Politics, and the American Presidency. Dr. Samuels has published in The National Political Science Review and contributed a chapter to Understanding American Government (2006). He is the author of Is Separate Unequal: Black Colleges and the Challenge to Desegregation (University Press of Kansas, 2004), a book which received the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association's Section on Race and Ethnicity at the association's annual meeting.