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Ms. Courtney Trawick, Department Secretary

Departmental Secretary II
Troy University
331 McCall Hall (MSCX)
Telephone: (334) 670-5926

Chair and Directors


Michael O. Slobodchikoff, Ph.D. 

Chair / Associate Professor of Political Science
334 McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082
Telephone: (334) 670-5926 


Areas of Interest: Russia, Former Soviet Union, International Cooperation, Networks, International Law, Security, International Conflict.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona

Michael O. Slobodchikoff has published many peer-reviewed articles. His first book entitled Strategic Cooperation: Overcoming the Barriers of Global Anarchy was published in 2013, his next book, entitled Building Hegemonic Order Russia's Way: Rules, Stability and predictability in the Post-Soviet Space, was published in 2014. His current book is entitled Cultural Imperialism and the Decline of the Liberal Order: Russian and Western Soft Power in Eastern Europe and is coauthored with G. Doug Davis. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science as well as Chair of the Political Science Department at Troy University. He specializes in relations between Russia and the former Soviet states, international conflict and peace, security, and comparative politics. He is a regular contributor to Russia Direct, and has often served as an analyst on Russian relations with Ukraine for BBC World News as well as Voice of Russia Radio.


Richard Ledet, Ph. D.

Associate Chair/ Assistant Professor of Political Science
331C McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082
Telephone: 1-334-670-5926


Areas of Interest: Religion and politics, Research Methods and Applications, Political Culture and Civil Society, US Politics, Political and Democratic Development


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Rich Ledet is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at Troy University, in Troy, Alabama. A former US Army Infantryman (1995-1997), and Infantry Squad Leader in the Louisiana National Guard (1997-2000), Ledet earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, and served as an Army Civilian field researcher in Afghanistan in 2012. He teaches American and Comparative politics courses, and conducts research into the political consequences of identity, culture, and religion, with an emphasis on state-building and democracy.


G. Douglas Davis, Ph. D.

Director of MSIR Program / Associate Professor
331A McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082
Telephone: 1-334-808-6280


Areas of Interest: European Security, European IPE, Middle East Security, Research Methods


G. Doug Davis, PhD is the director of the Master's of Science in International Relations program at Troy University where he is a European Security and Middle East regional expert. In addition to a masters and doctorate in political science from the University of Arizona, he has a European graduate degree from the Pontificia Università Lateranense. He has published academic papers and is the author, with Dr Michael Slobodchikoff, of a book that was recently published titled Cultural Imperialism and the Decline of the Liberal Order: Russian and Western Soft Power in Eastern Europe. His academic work has been translated and published in nine languages. He has international development experience in the Middle East where he has worked on projects funded by the European Union, Italian government, and the World Bank. He has international banking experience and has worked to open financial institutions internationally.  He has done work at multiple Polish universities and in 2020 was a visiting scholar at the University of Zagreb.  In 2019, he and colleagues were awarded a NATO public diplomacy grant to host the NATO at Seventy: A Strategic Examination of the Past, Present, and Future of the Atlantic Alliance Conference at Troy University.  He is contributor and co-editor of a book that will come out in the fall of 2021 titled The Challenge to NATO: Global Security and the Atlantic Alliance.

Department Faculty


Robert F. Abbey, Jr., Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration
Troy Online


Areas of Interest: Quantitative Analysis, Program Evaluation, Research Methods and Policy Analysis, Prediction of Hazard and Risk Probabilities of Natural Disasters, and Organizational Theory and Behavior 


Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Southern California

Dr. Robert F. Abbey, Jr., is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at Troy University. Prior to 2002, Dr. Abbey served for 30 years in the federal government, first as Director of Meteorology research for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (originally the

Atomic Energy Commission) from 1972-1983, then in a similar position with the Office of Naval Research from 1983-2002. He has authored over 80 publications and several book chapters, primarily on application of extreme value theory to natural phenomena. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a “Certified Consulting Meteorologist.”  He was the lead consultant on a $1 M grant to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching American History in Cleveland, OH, public schools. In 2012, he was awarded “Adjunct Faculty of the Year” by American University. He is also a consultant to Sage Publications and the Weather Channel. He was a consultant and participant in the PBS documentary “Mr. Tornado” that was broadcast on May 19. 2020. His current research interests include examining different thinking styles across organizational cultures and generations.

Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration
Troy Online
Ft. Walton Beach
Telephone: 1-850-537-8016


Areas of Interest: Public Policy, Corruption, Program Evaluation and Grant Writing and Management


Ph.D., Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University

Dr. Anderson joined the faculty of Troy University in January 1998. Prior to that, she worked in law enforcement for 21 years, first with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1976-1983) and later with the Broward Sheriff's Office (1983-1997). Her academic background is di-verse. She earned undergraduate degrees from Stetson University (B.A. in Russian, 1972) and the University of Central Florida (B.A. in History, 1973). In addition, she has a certificate in Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School (1982). She completed a Master of Science in Management degree at St. Thomas University (1989). Finally, her Ph.D. in Public Administration was completed at Florida Atlantic University in 1997. Dr. Anderson has travelled extensively, including over 20 trips to the Republic of Georgia where she has taught numerous courses in both the MPA and International Relations programs at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) and consulted to develop and deliver seminars, including one in Organizational Management to former President Saakashvili's Public Affairs Staff. She has published several articles and case studies and one book, entitled, Public Administration in Transition: Managing the Public Sector in an Emerging Democracy. In February 2015, she spent 4 weeks in Ukraine delivering several seminars on the subject of public policy and good governance, establishing what is becoming a long-term relationship with Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv, Ukraine. Dr. Anderson has served as a consultant with UCU, helping them to develop a full MPA program to add to their current offerings and has returned to UCU twice since the program began in September 2015 to teach MPA courses.


Melissa Bailey, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Troy Online
327B McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082
Telephone: 334-808-6710


Areas of Interest: nonprofit management and leadership, grant writing and management, public value, cross-sector collaborations, education policy


BS, University of West Alabama

MPA, Auburn University Montgomery

Ph.D. Public Administration and Public Policy, Auburn University

Dr. Melissa Bailey is a native of Berry, AL. She joined the faculty at Troy University in 2018. Dr. Bailey has over 13 years of nonprofit and government experience. With broad experience in nonprofit administration, she has managed fundraising campaigns and events that engaged board members, mobilized volunteers, and dramatically increased giving. She is also an expert grant writer and manager. She was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Alabama Department of Homeland Security by Governor Bob Riley. She was awarded a Black Excellence Award in the area of nonprofit leadership for exemplifying excellence in the Shoals community. And she recently received the distinction of being the University of West Alabama’s Most Distinguished Alumni in the College of Liberal Arts.


Joel Campbell, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of International Relations
APO, AP 96368-5134
Telephone: DSN 634-5365 +81-611-734-5365


Areas of Interest: Politics and Political Economy of Northeast and Southeast Asia, Science and Technology Policy, International Security, International Political History, and Film and Politics 


Ph.D., Political Science, Miami University (Ohio)

Joel R. Campbell is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Pacific Region (Japan and Korea) of the Global Campus program of Troy University. He teaches in the Masters of Science in International Relations (MSIR) program. He has served as faculty chair for the Troy Pacific Region, has been a member of the Institutional Review Board and the Faculty Senate. He is now on the Undergraduate Academic Council. He has taught at global political economy at Tohoku University, politics and economics at Miyazaki International College and political economy and business at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan, as well as international relations at Chung Ang University, political economy and public policy at Kyung Hee University and East Asian political history at Yonsei University in Korea. He has published extensively on his principal research interests, the politics and political economy of Northeast Asia, along with technology policy and international security


Kern W. Craig, Ph. D.

Associate Professor
Troy Online
Telephone: 1-850-301-2125


Research interests: political economy


Ph. D., University of Mississippi

Professor Craig began teaching for Troy University in 2004. He previously taught for a number of other colleges and universities since his wife’s career as an Air Force officer required many moves.

His academic qualifications include a B.Sc. in Business Administration from California State University, an M.B.A. in Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Mississippi.

Professor Craig's doctoral dissertation was entitled "Empirical Tests of Dependency Theory in the Contemporary Commonwealth Caribbean."

Dr. Tammy Esteves

Tammy Esteves, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Public Administration
MPA Internship Coordinator
Troy Online
Telephone: 1-407-313-0799


Areas of Interest: Social Media use for civic engagement, and emergency preparedness and response, Sustainability, eLearning, and the Role of Technology in Building Community


BA, American Government, University of Virginia
MPA, James Madison University
Ph.D, Public Administration and Public Affairs, Virginia Tech

Tammy Barnett Esteves, Ph.D., is a native Virginian, now living in Orlando. Dr. Esteves ("Dr. E" to her students) brings both practical and academic experience to the field of public administration. She has been a full-time faculty member with Troy University's MPA program since 2002. Prior to TROY, she taught for Christopher Newport University, the University of Richmond, and Indiana State University. She has also taught individual courses for NC State, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University and The Presidio Graduate School. Prior to entering the world of academia, her practical experiences included work as training coordinator for Virginia Blood Services; human resources director for International AutoSport; community services coordinator for the Jefferson Area Board for Aging; development coordinator for the Virginia Discovery Museum; and Interim Executive Director for Avalon, a women's shelter in Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Dr. Esteves is very active in the American Society for Public Administration and the International Leadership Association. She primarily teaches Research Methods, Leadership in Public Administration, eGovernance, Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response, and in 21-22 will offer a new course, Social Marketing. Her main research interest is the role of technology for building community, particularly in the areas of social media, smart cities, and civictech. She brings these interests into the classroom with creative assignments to get students to think outside the box and make connections to the world around them, encouraging whole person education and lifelong learning.


Pamela A. Gibson, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Public Administration
Troy Online


Areas of Interest: Ethics and Moral Development, Citizen Participation in Policy Formation, Research-Practice Gap, and Cyberbullying


Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Pamela A. Gibson is an Associate Professor at Troy University.  Prior to joining Troy, she taught for Old Dominion University and individual courses for the University of Virginia, University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and Christopher Newport University. She earned her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Administration degree from VCU and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. 

Prior to entering academia, she served the public in professional positions in the mental health field as Services Coordinator for Cobb and Douglas County Board of Health; consultant for the Kennedy Institute in Washington and Center for Community Development in Maryland; and Director of Residential Services for Rock Creek Foundation of Maryland and Butler County Pennsylvania. 

Her research interests include administrative ethics and immigration policy, cyber-service in the public sphere, and empirical assessment of moral reasoning. Her research has been published in Human Resource Management Review, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Ethics & Behavior and Public Integrity.


Michael Guo-Brennan, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Public Administration
331B McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082
Telephone: 1-334-808-6387


Areas of Interest: Public Administration with Global Perspectives, Civic Capacity and Engagement, Education Policy and Administration, Immigration Policy, Comparative Policy and Politics, Non-profit Management, Emergency Management, Organizational Theory, Ethics and Leadership, Mixed-Methods Research


Ph.D. Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville

Dr. Michael Guo-Brennan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Troy University. He also serves as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island. His teaching is focused on global competency in public administration, public/non-profit policy and administration, organizational leadership, ethics in public administration, political science, educational policy making, emergency management, and diversity issues in public administration and urban education. His research addresses critical issues on public policy and administration from global perspectives, urban education reform, immigration policy and crisis management.


David R. Hayes, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of International Relations
Troy Online
Telephone: 1-910-286-1871


Areas of Interest: International Political Economy, International Relations Theory, International Power, and Terrorism


Dr Hayes grew up in NJ and attended Drew University as an undergrad. While in college, he  also joined the Army National Guard and then participated in Army ROTC at Seton Hall University. He was branched in to the Field Artillery and  assigned to the Field Artillery Training Center at Fort Sill, OK from 1986-1989. He left active duty to pursue a PhD. at the University of Rochester (1989-1993) and continued to serve in the Army National Guard with the 209th FA Brigade  until 1993. He studied at the Hoover Institution at Stanford before being hired  by, then, Troy State University in 1995 to teach under contract at the John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. When that contract was terminated in 2001, he continued to teach online and at the Fayetteville, NC site.


Alexis Henshaw, Ph. D.

Assistant Professors of Political Science
Ft. Benning Site 
Ft. Benning, GA 31905


Research Interests: civil wars, gender issues in international politics, and post-conflict transitions in Latin America


ALEXIS HENSHAW is Assistant Professor at Troy University. Her research
interests include civil wars, gender issues in international politics, and post-conflict transitions in Latin America. She is the author of Why
Women Rebel: Understanding Women’s Participation in Armed Rebel Groups (Routledge,
2017) and co-author of Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars (Georgetown University Press, 2019). Her
research has appeared in Journal of Global
Security Studies, International Feminist Journal of Politics
and a variety of other peer-reviewed outlets. Dr. Henshaw has also written for The
Conversation and The
Monkey Cage, the political blog of The Washington
Post. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the
University of Arizona.


Hae S. Kim, Ph. D.

Professor of International Relations
Troy Online
Telephone: 1-850-301-2120


Dr. Kim is a full Professor of International Relations at Troy University. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University in Political Science, majoring in International Relations (IR) and Comparative Politics/Public Policy. Dr. Kim has been teaching International Relations and Political Science at Troy University since 1989. He has served as regional IR chair for Troy Florida Region and once served as chair for the IR Comprehensive Exam Committee. He taught at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan as a visiting professor. Dr. Kim is fluent in Korean.

Dr. Kim has numerous articles published in refereed journals and presented many papers at regional, national, and international conferences. Below are the academic journals that published his articles: Politics and Policy (twice), The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, Comparative Economic Studies, National Social Science Journal, Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association (thrice), Global Social Policy: Among and Within Nations, Administration and Society, Journal of Globalization Studies, Journal of Northeast Asia Development, Journal of International Organization Studies (JIOS) and  Chinese Journal of International Review(CJIR). 


Thomas Kolasa, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
312G McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082
Telephone: 1-334-808-6507


Areas of Interest: Comparative Politics, American Politics, Political Theory


Originally from a suburb of Detroit, MI, received a dual BA in Political Science & History at the University of Michigan in 1990.  Dr. Kolasa went on to receive his Ph.D. in Political Science (Comparative, American, Theory) at Washington University in St. Louis MO in 1999.  After graduating, he did research and taught for many years in the St. Louis area before moving to Montgomery, AL.  Dr. Kolasa joined Troy University in 2007, and has since obtained tenure and teach at the Troy and Online campuses.


Dayna McDaniel, Ph. D.

Senior Lecturer of Public Administration
Troy Online


Areas of interest: Public Health and Personnel Management


Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Alabama

Dr. Dayna McDaniel holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Alabama, an M.S. in Management, and a B.S. in Political Science.  

Academic Experience: College instructor since 1990, Full-time instructor for Troy University teaching research methods, public personnel, and public health courses. Dr. McDaniel has taught as adjunct Professor for UWF, Embry Riddle, Barry University, OWCC, St Leo, and other colleges in Management Graduate and Undergraduate, Health Service Administration, and Public Administration. Her academic research has been in the areas of instructor online training and better communication with online students and advising online.  She also has developed several internal organizations for the faculty and students use in which led to published articles as well as consulting with other departments and other educational institutions on the models.   

Public Administration Experience; Dr. Dr. McDaniel began her political science career as an White House intern for the White House News Summary Office at White House Washington DC under the Reagan Administration and later became a  Legislative Aid for Florida State House of Representatives in the Panhandle. Dr. McDaniel also had local county employment experience with her teaching career that began as an elementary (1-2nd Grade) and high school (algebra) teacher at Riverside, CA.  

Military Career Experience:  In Dr. McDaniel's military career, she is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force Reserve Hospital Administrator (last assigned to HQ Air Force Special Operations Surgeon's office, Hurlburt Field) as the augmenter for the Command's Health Service Administrator. Lt. Col. McDaniel's past assignments are as follows: Mission Coordinator for Humanitarian Civic Action Missions in South America for the 919 Medical Squadron and Medical Readiness Officer, interim Squadron Hospital Administrator for the 919 Medical Squadron, Air Evacuation Operations officer for "live" patient missions on flying status for 68 Air Evacuation Squadron Norton AFB, CA (several patient evacuation missions accomplished throughout the European and Pacific theater); Director of Personnel for the 414 Medical Squadron, March AFB, CA.


Daniel A. Pinkston, Ph. D.

Lecturer of International Relations
APO AP 96278-2065
Telephone: 011-82-2-7913-7508


Areas of Interest: Politics, security, and political economy of Northeast Asia; authoritarian politics; North Korea, WMD proliferation.


Ph.D. International Affairs, University of California, San Diego


Clifton Sherrill, J.D., Ph. D.

Associate Professor of International Relations
APO AP 96278-2065
Telephone: 011-81-611-734-5539


Areas of Interest: National Security, Nuclear Policy, Counterterrorism, and the Middle East.


Ph.D., Political Science, Florida State University

Dr. Sherrill holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of South Alabama, a Master's degree in Defense & Strategic Studies from Missouri State University, a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Bowen School of Law, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Florida State University. A Marine Corps veteran, he has also engaged in private legal practice, worked in the Pentagon’s Office of Counterproliferation Policy, and served as an intelligence analyst in the federal government, including deployment to Iraq in 2005 - 2006 and assignment to the National Counterterrorism Center. Dr. Sherrill accepted an offer to join the faculty of Troy University in 2010. He currently works in Troy's Pacific Region, specializing in national security studies in the graduate International Relations program. His research interests include U.S. defense policy, nuclear strategy, and counterterrorism. Geographically, he focuses on both the Middle East (particularly Iran) and Asian-Pacific security affairs. His recent book Losing Legitimacy: The End of Khomeini's Charismatic Shadow and Regional Security (Lanham: Lexington Press, 2018), argues that the pending succession of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, will force the regime to confront its absence of popular legitimacy. Dr. Sherrill has published articles in Nonproliferation Review, Orbis, Strategic Insights, Comparative Strategy, Middle East Policy, Asian International Review, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, and Asian Affairs: An American Review. He is a regular book reviewer for Choice, publishing over 30 book reviews on nuclear strategy, Asian-Pacific security, and Iranian politics.


Maryam T. Stevenson, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
329 McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082
Telephone: 1-334-670-3754 
Fax: 1-334-670-5647


Areas of Expertise: immigration law and policy


PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
JD, University of Memphis
BA, Rhodes College

Dr. Stevenson is an Assistant Professor at Troy University and teaches courses in American politics in Troy’s Political Science department, as well as courses in Public Policy and Administrative Law for the MPA program. She is currently working on a book manuscript on congressional behavior on immigration policy and a joint book project on the Australian High Court.

Prior to entering academia, Dr. Stevenson practiced administrative law with an emphasis on physician/health care immigration. She continues to consult with clients on skilled worker immigration matters.


Brandon Stewart, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phenix City Campus 
Phenix City, AL
Telephone: 1-334-448-5188


Research Interests: Ethnic Politics, Political Violence, East European Politics, and African Politics


Brandon Stewart is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Troy University, Phenix City Campus.  Dr. Stewart received his PhD in Political Science from the University of North Texas. His primary research interests include Ethnic Politics, Political Violence, East European Politics, and African politics. You can find his research published in journals such as Nationalism and Ethnic Politics and Social Science Quarterly


Feng Sun, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of International Relations
312D McCall Hall (MSCX)
Troy, AL 36082
Telephone: 1-334-808-6288


Dr. Sun is an associate professor of Political Science at Troy University. She received her MS in Statistics, MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alabama. Her research interests include contemporary Chinese politics, foreign direct investment, and development in developing countries. 


Steven L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Sciences-Troy Campus Professor of International Relations
115 MSCX
Troy Campus


Research Interests: democratic institutions, parties, and elections in a comparative context with a geographical focus on Latin America


Ph.D., Government, University of Texas at Austin

Steven L. Taylor earned his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996. He joined the faculty of then Troy State University in 1998, serving in a faculty role and eventually as Chair of the Political Science Department until his appointment as Dean of Arts and Sciences in March of 2016. His main areas of academic expertise are those of democratic institutions, parties, and elections in a comparative context with a geographical focus on Latin America. He is the author of Voting amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia (Northeastern University Press, 2009) as well as articles, book chapters, and reference entries on Colombian politics. His most recent book is A Different Democracy: American Government in a Thirty-One Country Perspective (Yale, 2014) which he co-authored with Matthew S. Shugart, Arend Lijphart and Bernard Grofman.