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Faculty and Staff

Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology Faculty

In the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology we have engaged scholar/teachers who are accomplishing a great deal and also providing excellent hands-on opportunities to their students.


 Department Chair and Associate Chair

Sharon Lindhorst Everhardt

Chair of Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: 327 McCall Hall
Telephone: 334-808-6575
Email: severhardt@troy.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Sociology, Wayne State University
M.A. in Sociology, University of Toledo
B.A. in Sociology, University of Toledo

Areas of Expertise
Race, Class, Gender, and Clinical/Applied Sociology

Biography

Dr. Everhardt joined the Troy faculty in 2014. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Her main research interests include the study of race, class, and gender, especially disenfranchised populations of women. She is currently researching the impact of horticultural programs on nutritional knowledge and food insecurity among female inmates in women’s correctional facilities. She has secured over $75,000 in USDA funding to support her gardens projects.

Further areas of interest include housing, homeownership, self-sufficiency programs for low-income populations, and volunteerism. She enjoys incorporating service learning into her classes to allow students to gain real world understanding of the topics they are studying. Dr. Everhardt was the recipient of the 2015 and the 2018 Troy-Montgomery Faculty Excellence Award.  She was also 2017 Teacher of the Year for the Troy Montgomery Campus.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Aspects of Human Sexuality
  • Minorities in the U.S. Structure
  • Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Social Stratification
  • Urban Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Senior Seminar

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • Introduction to College Teaching in the Social Sciences
  • Minorities in U.S. Structure
  • Social Inequality
Stephen Carmody

Associate Chair And Graduate Coordinator

Assistant Professor Of Anthropology

Office: MSCX building, room 132D
Telephone: 1-334-808-6850
Email: scarmody@troy.edu

Information on Field Projects: Summer School in Classical Archaeology

Education
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S. in Anthropology, College of Charleston
Minor in Archaeology

Areas of Expertise
Anthropological Archaeology, Paleoethnobotany, Origins of Agriculture, Prehistoric Religious Systems, Food Justice

Biography
Dr. Carmody is an anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on the prehistoric use of plants in both religious and economic contexts in the southeastern U.S. His specialization in paleoethnobotany allows him to use plant remains recovered from archaeological sites as a lens into the human-environmental dynamics of the past. His primary research interests involve exploring the cultural and social consequences of the origins of agriculture, past, present, and future. He also explores the use of plants in ritual and religious ceremonies. Stephen has worked on or led archaeological excavations in Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Food Justice
  • Archaeology of Death and Burial
  • High Civilizations of the Old World
  • Introduction to Social Science Theory
  • Anthropology of Sex and Gender

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • Magic, Witchcraft and Religion


Anthropology

Bill Grantham

Associate Dean for Administration, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Anthropology

Office: MSCX building, room 115
Telephone: 1-334-670-3637
Email: bgranth@troy.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Northwestern University
M. A. in Anthropology, University of Alabama
B. A.  in Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 
A. A. in Liberal Arts,  Jefferson State College

Areas of Expertise
Zooarchaeology, Southeastern US Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology, Near Eastern Ethnography, Ethnoarchaeology, Ethnicity and Social Identity,  Native American Societies of the Southeastern U.S., Religion, Culture and Sound

Biography
Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Grantham joined the Troy University faculty in 1994. He spent much of the late 1980s and most of the 1990s conducting ethnographic and archaeological research in Israel. He also has provided analysis and consultation for archaeological research teams working in Jordan, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen. In addition to his work in the Near East, Dr. Grantham spent several years working with Native American groups researching their mythology and legends. He also has participated in numerous excavations in the southeastern U. S.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • North American Indians Since Contact
  • Language and Culture
  • Social Anthropology
  • Native American Religions
  • High Civilizations of the Old World
  • Forensic Osteology
  • Anthropological Theory
  • Applications of Social Science Inquiry
  • Social Science Theory
  • Social Science Senior Seminar
  • Principles of Cultural Geography
  • Sociology for General Studies

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • High Civilizations of the Old World
  • Specialized Study in Anthropology
  • Advanced Readings in Anthropology
  • Selected Topics in Anthropology
Angela Dautartas

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Office: MSCX building, room 132F
Telephone: 334-808-3442
Email: adautartas@troy.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee
M.A. in Anthropology, University of Tennessee
B.S. in Anthropology, Radford University     
Minor in forensic science

Areas of Expertise
Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Postmortem Interval, Human Decomposition

Biography
Dr. Dautartas joined the Troy faculty in 2020 and teaches at the undergraduate level. She is a biological anthropologist who specializes in forensic anthropology. She has assisted on forensic casework in Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi.

Her research focuses on understanding the complex processes of human decomposition to better estimate the postmortem interval. Her interests include application of novel statistical methods to forensic and bioarchaeological questions. Recently her work has focused on new ways to model disease in past human populations, specifically those of Bronze-Age China.

Courses Taught at the Undergraduate Level

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Statistics in the Social Sciences


Sociology

Andrew Tatch

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Office: 132B MSCX
Telephone: 334-808-6691
Email: atatch@troy.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Sociology, Mississippi State University (2019)
M.A. in Applied Sociology, Valdosta State University (2012)
B.A. in Sociology, Valdosta State University (2008)

Areas of expertise
Social stratification, health disparities, substance use/abuse, deviance 

Biography
Dr. Tatch joined the faculty at Troy University in 2021 and currently teaches at the undergraduate level. Broadly, he is interested in research related to social stratification, substance use and abuse, impaired driving, and health disparities. He has led or co-authored manuscripts related to college student drinking, gender-specific predictors of impaired driving, mental illness, adverse childhood experiences, and employment outcomes for individuals with blindness or low vision. Dr. Tatch is currently working on several manuscripts considering the utility and applicability of data from digital online spaces to extend current research on identity work and impression management. 

In the classroom, Dr. Tatch aims to develop innovative assignments that give students an opportunity to apply course concepts outside of the classroom and present their work at academic conferences. To date, these have included digital ethnographies of deviant groups, live observations of sporting events, and critical analyses of contemporary television shows. 

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Introduction to the Social Sciences
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Sociology of Health, Medicine, and Illness

 



Criminology

Halil Akbas

Assistant Professor of Criminology

Office: 320B McCall Hall
Telephone: 334-808-6207
Email: hakbas@troy.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Criminal Justice
M.S. University of Louisville
B.S. Turkish National Police Academy

Areas of Expertise
Policing, Homeland Security, Comparative Criminal Justice, Border Security

Biography
Dr. Akbas joined the Troy faculty in 2018. He teaches both the undergraduate and graduate level. His main research interests include policing strategies, immigration, human trafficking, and terrorism. He is currently conducting research on the impact of Syrian refugees on people’s security threat and fear of crime perceptions. He has twenty-years of professional experience in various law enforcement fields in Turkey including immigration, human trafficking, border security, refugee and asylum seeking. Related to these fields, he served as a director in numerous national and European Union projects.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Survey of Law Enforcement
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Foundations of Intelligence
  • Criminal Justice Issues in Homeland Security
  • Transnational Organized Crime

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • Survey of Research Methods
  • Seminar in Law Enforcement
  • Seminar in Homeland Security
  • Transportation and Border Security
Jessica Childs

Lecturer Criminology

Office: 324 McCall Hall
Telephone: 334-808-6129
Email: jcotton2351@troy.edu

Education
M.S. in Criminal Justice, Troy University
B.S. in Criminal Justice, Troy University
Paralegal Studies Certificate, Troy University

Areas of Expertise
Victimology, Law Enforcement, Drugs/Alcohol

Biography
Ms. Jessica Childs joined the Troy University faculty in 2008. She teaches Criminal Justice courses at the undergraduate level. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Mrs. Childs was the departmental secretary. During her undergraduate years at Troy University, she was on the National Dean’s list, received the Victor Ortloff Scholarship and was a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society and Lambda Alpha Epsilon. As a graduate student, Jessica served as a Graduate Administrative Assistant and President of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Honor Society, Tau Sigma Epsilon Chapter. She also holds the position of advisor for the Troy University chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma as well as being an academic advisor in the department.

Areas of interest include; victimology, drugs and alcohol, death penalty and law enforcement. She has made various presentations at numerous academic conferences to include the Southern Criminal Justice Association. She also attended a National Victims’ Assistance conference in Washington, DC and a National Advisors meeting for Alpha Phi Sigma in New Orleans, LA.  Mrs. Childs was nominated for the Ingalls Award for Classroom Teaching Excellence in 2018. Jessica is also on the Board of Directors for Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL). She resides in Brundidge, Alabama with her husband Kevin, her daughter Whitney, and son Harrison.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Survey of Law Enforcement
  • Survey of Corrections
  • Introduction to Legal Studies
  • Victimology
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Criminal Justice
  • Advanced Victimology
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Field Experiences in Law Enforcement
  • Field Experiences in Criminal Justice
  • Cybercrime
  • Death Penalty and Sex Crimes
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Assistant Professor of Criminology

Office: 320F McCall Hall (MSCX)
Telephone: 334-670-3755
Email: ofenny@troy.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Criminology, University of Texas at Dallas
M.S. in Criminal Justice, University of Birmingham at Alabama
B.L. (J.D.)  Nigerian Law School, Lagos. Nigeria
LL.B. (Hons), University of Benin, Nigeria

Areas of Expertise
Juvenile delinquency, Race, Gender, and International criminology

Biography
Dr. Fenny joined the Troy faculty in 2019. She is an Attorney licensed to practice law in Nigeria and was admitted to the Alabama state bar in 2010. She teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also the faculty advisor for the Troy chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Her primary research interests are juvenile delinquency, international criminology, gender, race, and religion. Her recent publication appears in the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

 Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Criminology
  • Constitutional Law
  • Deviant behavior
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Careers in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Evidence

Courses taught at the graduate level

  • Criminological theory
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Seminar in Special Topics: Race and Crime
  • Administrative Law
David Horuiuchi

Lecturer Criminology

Office: 1510 Whitewater Ave, Ste 402F
Telephone: 334-448-5242
Email: dhoriuchi@troy.edu

Education
Master of Public Administration (Justice Administration), Columbus State University
B.S. Criminal Justice, Columbus State University

Areas of Expertise
Law Enforcement

Biography
Mr. Horiuchi came to Troy University in 2002 as an Adjunct Instructor while working as a Police Officer for the Columbus, GA Police Department.  In 2008, he left the police department and accepted a position as a full-time Lecturer at Troy University.

As a police officer, Mr. Horiuchi worked in all facets of law enforcement including Patrol, DUI Task Force, Crime Suppression, Narcotics & Vice, and Support Services.  He worked in the multi-state Metro Narcotics Task Force conducting undercover and tactical operations.  Mr. Horiuchi was Officer of the Month and Officer of the Year in 2002 for apprehending and providing life saving first aid to an escaped inmate from the Muscogee County Jail.

Mr. Horiuchi was a competitive pistol shooter in college (see ACJA-LAE) and for the Columbus Police Department.  He was a member of the Georgia Governors Twenty (top twenty law enforcement shooters in Georgia), an ACJA-LAE Regional and National Champion, and a Regional Champion in the Southeastern Police & Fire Olympics. 

Mr. Horiuchi has sat on numerous boards for community organizations and is still active in the Fraternal Order of Police.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Careers in Criminal Justice
  • Survey of Law Enforcement
  • Survey of Corrections
  • Survey of Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Psychology for Criminal Justice Officials
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Criminology
  • Constitutional Law in Criminal Justice
  • History of Criminal Justice
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
  • Terrorism
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Current Issues in Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Justice Issues in Homeland Security
  • Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
David Kirkland

Lecturer Criminology

Office: Everett Hall Room 109,
Dothan, Alabama 36303
Telephone: 1-334-983-6556-1317
Email: dkirkland@troy.edu
 

Education
BS degree from University of Montevallo.
MS degree from Troy State University
Graduate of the FBI National Academy

Biography
I have over 32 years with the Dothan, Al Police Department.  I retired with the rank of Lieutenant.  I have experience in the Patrol division as a patrol officer, a sergeant, and a lieutenant.  For most of my career I worked in the Criminal Investigation Department, (CID), both as a sergeant investigator and as the Lieutenant in charge of the division.  I also worked as a lieutenant in charge of training and special operations. 

I have taught criminal justice courses at Troy University, Dothan campus for 17 years as an adjunct, and for five years full time.
My areas of interest are law enforcement, constitutional law and Supreme Court decisions, terrorism and gangs.

Robert Mathis

Lecturer Criminology

Office: Global
Telephone: 229-886-7879
Email: rmathis7064@troy.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Public Safety, Capella University
M.P.A. in Justice Administration, Columbus State University
B.S. in Criminal Justice, Columbus State University

Areas of Expertise
Certification of Law Enforcement and Training

Biography
Dr. Mathis joined the Troy faculty in 2007. He teaches at the undergraduate level. His main research interests include certifications of law enforcement and training. In addition, he researches policy making efforts of criminal justice professionals.  He coordinated an effort between the Peace Officers and Standards Division of Georgia with Troy to get credit hours transferred for use to the P.O.S.T. Division for officers taking Troy classes.  This assist officers in maintaining their certification with getting credit for any Troy classes they are taking.   

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Survey of Law Enforcement
  • Survey of Corrections
  • Survey of Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Security Operations
  • Criminology
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Gangs
  • Constitutional law in Criminal Justice
  • Victimology
  • History of Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods
  • Correctional Systems and Practice
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Terrorism
  • Current Issues in Correctional Operations and Administration
  • Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
Donna Oliver

Lecturer Criminology

Office: 324B McCall Hall
Telephone: 334-808-6200
Email: doliver@troy.edu

Education
Paralegal Certification, Troy University-Dothan
M.S. in Criminal Justice, Troy University
B.S. in Criminal Justice, Troy University

Biography
Mrs. Oliver joined Troy University in 1991, and transitioned to full time faculty in 2008. She teaches at the undergraduate level. Her main interests include corrections, the Criminal Justice system, juveniles, homicide, careers in criminal justice, internship placement for students, and self-defense for women and children.  

She attended the Senator Tommy Burks Tennessee Victims Assistance Academy in 2009 and served as the Curriculum Development Coordinator for the State Victim Assistance Academy Initiative Grant for Troy University, 2008-2010.  Mrs. Oliver was the recipient of the 2004 Vergil Parks McKinley Employee Award and the 2017-2018 Teresa Penn Rodgers Excellence in Student Advising Award.

Courses taught at the undergraduate level

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Survey of Corrections
  • Psychology for Criminal Justice Officials
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Private and Public Security Administration
  • Homicide
  • Correctional Systems and Practices
  • Selected Topics (Serial Killers, Gangs, Criminalistics)
  • Community Corrections
  • Internship in a Criminal Justice Agency
  • Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • Self Defense for Women


Digital Forensics

Gary Daniel

Professor of Practice
Digital Forensics

Office: MSCX building, room 215A
Telephone: 334-310-1605
Email: gdaniel22372@troy.edu

Education
D.B.A. in Computer and Information Security, Northcentral University
M.S. in Digital Forensics, University of Central Florida
B.S. in Criminal Justice, Troy University              

Areas of Expertise
Digital Forensics, Cyber Crime, Law Enforcement

Biography
Dr. Gary Daniel is a digital forensics analyst and a retired detective. He has worked in law enforcement for over thirty years, including the U.S. Army. He was certified by the Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) as an instructor. He managed a Digital Forensics Lab for a law enforcement agency in Georgia and has performed hundreds of forensic examinations at the request of local law enforcement agencies, District Attorney's Office's, Georgia State Probation officers, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) agents, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents, and U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents. Dr. Daniel currently manages a digital forensics lab at Troy University and performs forensic examinations and consults with various law enforcement agencies nationwide. Dr. Daniel has been court qualified as an expert in digital forensics and has testified as an expert witness in cases ranging from fraud to murder

He is certified by the International Association of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE) as a Certified Computer Examiner (CCE), the Digital Forensics Certification Board (DFCB) as a Digital Forensics Certified Practitioner (DFCP) and the National White Collar Crime Center as a Certified Cyber Crime Examiner (3CE). Dr. Daniel is a member of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, High Technology Crime Investigation Association, and International Association of Cyber & Economic Crime Professionals.

Courses Taught at the Undergraduate Level

  • Computer Forensics
  • Digital Forensics I
  • Digital Forensics II
  • Cyber Crime
  • Digital Evidence Practicum
  • Social Media Investigations
  • Operating and File System Forensics
  • Seminar in Cyber Security