Faculty and Staff

The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) brings together the Departments of City & Regional Planning, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Public & Nonprofit Administration, and Social Work in order to maximize our efforts in research, education, and engaged scholarship.

School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy - Administration

Dr. David Cox

Interim Head, School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
Professor, Public and Nonprofit Administration
OFFICE: 201C McCord Hall
PHONE: 901.678.3046
EMAIL: davidcox@memphis.edu
PhD, Indiana University
  • Effect of urban governance structures on the responsiveness, equity, and effectiveness of public policies and on strategies for inter-organizational collaboration

Vickie Peters

Business Officer
School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy
201A McCord Hall
901.678.1635
vpeters@memphis.edu

Departments

City and Regional Planning

Dr. Charles Santo

Associate Professor and Chair
Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning
210 McCord Hall
901.678.3566
City and Regional Planning
casanto@memphis.edu
Ph.D., Portland State University
  • Community and economic development, urban economic analysis, public investment, sports and public policy

Dr. Reza Banai

Professor
217 McCord Hall
901.678.4559
City and Regional Planning
rbanai@memphis.edu
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Urban design, planning theory, site planning, regional planning

Andy Kitsinger

Interim Director, University of Memphis Design Collaborative219 McCord Hallakitsngr@memphis.edu

Dr. Antonio Raciti

Assistant Professor
221 McCord Hall
901.678.4969
City and Regional Planning
araciti@memphis.edu
Ph.D., University of Catania
  • Participatory action research, urban design, environmental planning

Dr. Susan L. Roakes

Associate Professor
213 McCord Hall
901.678.4560
City and Regional Planning
sroakes@memphis.edu
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Land use planning and policy, community development, neighborhood planning, urban land economics, public schools and city planning

Dr. Laura Saija

Assistant Professor215 McCord Hall901.678.2610Ph.D., University of Catanialsaija@memphis.edu

Jessica Buttermore

Administrative Associate
208 McCord Hall
School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
City and Regional Planning
901.678.2161 (p)
901.678.4162 (f)
jbuttrmr@memphis.edu

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr. K.B. Turner

Associate Professor and Chair
300 McCord Hall
901.678.3397
Criminology & Criminal Justice
kbturner@memphis.edu
Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Crime and punishment, courts, police administration, racial profiling

Dr. Bert Burraston

Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator
319 McCord Hall
Criminology & Criminal Justice
bbrrston@memphis.edu   

Dr. Angela Crews

Instructor
321 McCord Hall
Criminology & Criminal Justice
acrews1@memphis.edu

Dr. Randolph Dupont

Professor
341 McCord Hall
901.678.5484
Criminology and Criminal Justice
rdupont@memphis.edu
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Mental health, substance abuse issues and the criminal justice system, community psychology

Clifford Freeman

Instructor
327 McCord Hall
Criminology & Criminal Justice
cfreeman@memphis.edu

Dr. David J. Giacopassi

Professor
326 McCord Hall
901.678.3398
Criminology & Criminal Justice
dgiacpss@memphis.edu
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • Law and society, substance abuse, gambling and its effects on quality of life

Dr. Amanda Johnson

Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator
315 McCord Hall
Criminology & Criminal Justice
djhnsn42@memphis.edu
Ph.D., Sam Houston State University
  • Organizational failure and deviant organizational cultures, police use of force, police TASER usage, GIS

Dr. James McCutcheon

Assistant Professor
317 McCord Hall
Criminology & Criminal Justice
jcmcctch@memphis.edu
Ph.D., University of Central Florida
  • Lethal violence, drug markets, firearm availability, crime mapping

Mary Tucker

Instructor/Coordinator, Advisor
309 McCord Hall
Criminology & Criminal Justice
mhtucker@memphis.edu

Dr. Margaret Vandiver

Professor and Graduate Coordinator
325 McCord Hall
901.678.3401
Criminology & Criminal Justice
vandiver@memphis.edu
Ph.D., Florida State University
  • History of crime and punishment, death penalty, genocide

Dr. Lenard Wells

Instructor
323 McCord Hall
Criminology & Criminal Justice
lwells2@memphis.edu

Public and Nonprofit Administration

Dr. Michael Howell-Moroney

Associate Professor and Chair
134 McCord Hall
901.678.2640
Public and Nonprofit Administration
michael.hm@memphis.edu

Dr. Joy Clay

Professor and Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies
110 Scates Hall
901.678.3359
Public and Nonprofit Administration
joyclay@memphis.edu
PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Administrative theory, organizational leadership and evaluation, health policy, public budgeting and finance

Dr. David Cox

Professor
901.678.5344
Public and Nonprofit Administration
davidcox@memphis.edu
PhD, Indiana University
  • Effect of urban governance structures on the responsiveness, equity, and effectiveness of public policies and on strategies for inter-organizational collaboration

Dr. Leigh Hersey

Assistant Professor and Director of Research, Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (IPNL)
130 McCord Hall
901.678.1754
Public and Nonprofit Administration
lnhersey@memphis.edu
Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • Philanthropy, nonprofit fundraising, collaboration

Dr. Erin Nemenoff

Assistant Professor
138 McCord Hall
Public and Nonprofit Administration
knmenoff@memphis.edu
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Nonprofit workforce, nonprofit career awareness,  impacts of collegiate experiences on civic engagement during adulthood

Jason Sonnenfelt

Instructor
136 McCord Hall
901.678.3359
Public and Nonprofit Administration
jmsnnfl@memphis.edu
Ph.D. Candidate, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
MPA, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Policy Process, Public Administration Theory, Public Management, Governance and Technology

Dr. John Topinka

Assistant Professor
132 McCord Hall
901.648.3365
Public and Nonprofit Administration
jptpinka@memphis.edu
Ph. D., Florida International University
  • Fiscal health, budget, organizational performance

Dr. Sharon Wrobel

Associate Professor
122 McCord Hall
901.678.4720
Public and Nonprofit Administration
swrobel@memphis.edu
  • Education Policy, Equity, Finance, Program Evaluation, and Policy Analysis

Rebecca Horowitz

Administrative Assistant
124 McCord Hall
901.678.3360
Public and Nonprofit Administration
rhrowitz@memphis.edu

Department of Social Work

Dr. Steven Soifer

Professor and Chair
230 McCord Hall
901.678.2615
Social Work
sdsoifer@memphis.edu

Kenya Anderson

Instructor/Coordinator
111 Browning Hall
901.678.1734
Social Work
kconley@memphis.edu

Dr. M. Elena Delavega

Assistant Professor
117 McCord Hall
901.678.3270
Social Work
mdlavega@memphis.edu

Dr. Susan E. Elswick

Director of MSW Field Placement
115 McCord Hall
901.678.4722
Social Work
selswick@memphis.edu

Jim Jones

Lecturer
109 Browning Hall
Social Work
jjones44@memphis.edu

Dr. Robin Lennon-Dearing

Assistant Professor
120 McCord Hall
901.678.3431
Social Work
rlnnndrn@memphis.edu

Dr. Susan Neely-Barnes

Associate Professor and MSW Program Coordinator
232 McCord Hall
901.678.3438
Social Work
snlybrns@memphis.edu

Lamont Simmons

Lecturer
105 Browning Hall
901.678.3198
Social Work, Lambuth
ldsmmons@memphis.edu

Laura Taylor

Director of BA Field Placement and Community Outreach
112 McCord Hall
Social Work
lctylor1@memphis.edu

Dr. Greg Washington

Associate Professor
113 McCord Hall
Social Work
gwshngt1@memphis.edu