The Hinds County Board of Supervisors meeting was held at  the JSU camus on April 20, 2015.  Our Ms. LaTonya Curley (PhD; picture in left), and Ms. Christina Spann (MPPA; pincture in right) attended the meeting, and presented their ideas on public policy issues of the County. Ms. Curley presented her impact statement on enhanced management of the detension center in the County. Ms. Spann proposed a smoking ban in the multi-housing units within the County. After their presentations, there were responses from the Board members on the current programs in place on the issues and discussions followed for better management of the issues. JSU hosted the event as part of its State and Local Government Program, increasing opportunities for student activism and engagements among the County board supervisors, and the JSU faculty and staff members.  The JSU program is a great opportunity for our public policy students to be exposed to real administration of local governments, and to propose their fresh ideas, which are gained in classroom. Further, it is a significant additional step toward more active engagements between the neighboring local governments and the JSU public policy program.  The PPAD students' participations for City Council meetings, and County Board of Supervisors meetings of the neighboring local governments will be continued.


  Professor Chester Robinson and Professor Jae- Young  Ko attended  the closing ceremony and reception of  the JSU  Academy for Research  and Scholarly  Engagement on  April 17, 2015.  The JSU Center for  University Scholars  and the Division of Research and  Federal Relations  have been operating a year-long  training  program of research proposal  development for  the JSU faculty  members.  Since  its  beginning in  2012, the  program has trained 76 JSU  scholars, and  about 30  proposals were developed and  submitted  from the  faculty members attending the training program for the  first two years,  generating external fundings of  approximately $950,000.  Professor Robinson and Professor  Ko are among the twenty-three faculty members of Research Cohort III  for 2014-2015. They have completed the training program actively and  have been developing proposals for external funding opportunities using the knowledges gained from the training program.


 Dr. Ko attended the 3rd Annual HBCU Student Climate  Change Conference, held in New Orleans, from March 26-29, 2015, hosted by the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, Dillard  University .

 Students and faculty members from 21 HBCU  institutions across the nation, including  Jackson State  University, discussed the challenges and health risks of  minority communities near polluting industrial facilities,  and associated environmental justice, and potential  health risks of minority communities driven by the climate  change. During the Conference, they also discussed  logistics  regarding sending the HBCU delegation to the   upcoming  2015 UN Climate Change Conference, in Paris, France, from Nov. 30, to Dec. 11, 2015.      

 Dr. Ko gave a presentatation (titled, 'Challenges in developing and  implementing coastal protection projects against increasing sea level  rise: A case study of the Caernarvon river diversion in Louisiana.'), and  built networks with the faculty members from other HBCU institutions on  coastal management, and devoted efforts to recruit students for the  Public Policy Program at Jackson State University. 

Attending ASPA 2015, March 6-10, 2015

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 The annual conference of American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is  THE conference for public policy scholars and practioners nationally and  internationally. Representatives from the Department of Public Policy and  Administration attended the ASPA annual conference, which was held in Chicago,  from March 6 to 10, 2015. Ms. Ashlee Theodore, PhD student (Photo in  left), gave a  presentation (title: 'Equality in public service delivery: Assessing the  performance  of 311 service centers on vulnerable pouplations').  Associate  Professor Jae-  Young Ko gave a presentation (title: 'Challenges in  implementing collaborative governance for large-scale ecosystem restoration  project: A case study of the Caernravon river diversion in Louisiana), and he also served as a session chair.   Our department was also represented by past ASPA President, Professor Sylvester Murray (1986-1987), and the newly elected President of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA), Associate Professor Gloria BillingsleyShe is in charge of planning and hosting the upcoming COMPA annual conference, which will be held in Jackson in 2016.

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Students and faculty members of the Public Policy and  Administration attended the annual conference of  the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators  (COMPA), held in Philadelphia, from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20,  2015.The JSU attendees served as panel members and  gave presentations during the conference (Picture shown from the left to the right: Professor Sylvester Murray, Professor Frances Liddell, Ms. Alla Frank, Ms. Tina Collier, Mr. Aden Brown, Professor Ester Stokes, Professor Gloria Billingsley, Ms. Angeline Walton, Mr. Antron McKay-West and Mr. Michael Bolden).    Further our  faculty members were recognized for their contributions to  the COMPA conference.  Especially professor  Billingsley  will serve the President of the organization for the coming  term, and the conference will be held in Jackson, MS next year. 

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(Left: Professor Gloria Billingsley; Right: Professor Ester Stokes)


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( two in the left of the left pic : Aden Brown and Alla Frank in a panel session; second in the right of the right pic: Antron McKay-West during ceremony).

JSU Students participated in the Annual Student Public Policy debate on mixed teams with students from other participating universities.  Antron McKay-West, a masters student in our program,  was on the winning team and won a trophy for his participation.  He also represented JSU on the Young Scholars Panel, discussing issues in marginalized communities.  Jackson State University College of Public Service and the Department of Public Policy and Administration were the Silver Level Sponsors. Finally, the Department received a plaque for bringing the most students to the conference. 

Graduates from the Fall 2014commencement

February 19th, 2015 by ppad

The JSU Fall 2014 commencement  was held on Dec. 12, 2014.  Three PhD students and three MPPA students received their degrees during the ceremony.  

The PhD students are as follows:

Dr. Chelsea A. Crittle (dissertation title: Assessing the impact and implications of service delivery to senior citizens under the Older American Act: the case of Central Mississippi; advisor: Professor Bennett Odunsi),

Dr. Tamara L. Jackson (dissertation title: Assessing the difficulty of workforce diversification: the case of State fish wildlife agencies in the Southeast; advisor: Professor Bennett Odunsi),

Dr. Brian A. Pugh (dissertation title: Promoting budgetary policy through stabilization: the impact of spending stabilization rules on service delivery; advisor: Professor Johnny Gilleylen).

The MPPA students are as follows:

Ms. Remonica R. Jackson, 

Ms. Andrea D. Johnson,  

Ms. Akesha M. May.

Congratulations to all of the graduates!!!

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 Ms. Jermesha Haywood (MPPA) gave a presentation (title: An assessment of  ruling political party's role for community development in the Mississippi Delta  region) for the annual conference of Mississippi Political Science Association, held  at Jackson State University, Feb. 13-14, 2015. 

 With professor Jae-Young Ko, she has been analyzing the impacts of the ruling  political party's (governor's) regional develpment plans for the region for the  period of the 1970s to the present.  Their preliminary results showed that the  policy impacts have been limited, as shown in ever-declining population of two  counties in the region, and concluded that new plan, which  is locality-centered, and environmental sustainable, should be considered. 

Since joining the MPPA program at JSU, her academic performance has been outstanding.  She has been recipients of 1st place, 3rd place, and 2nd place for the semi-annual JSU Public Policy Student Symposium in Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Fall 2014, respectively.  She gave a presentation for the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECOPA; title: Social media's impacts on local non-profit organizatonal management) in September 17-20, 2014. 

Further, her paper worked with professor Jae-Young Ko on conflict management among stakeholders for coastal management is now under review for a peer reviwed journal.

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour gave a presentation on his role as governor during and after the Hurricane Katrina hit on Feb. 12 (Th),  at 5:30 p.m.  The event was held at the JSU’s Mississippi e-Center in Jackson.   More detailed information of the event is available at

Managing natural hazards (for example, hurricane) is a one of newly growing fields in Public Policy.  The PPAD students and faculty members attended the event.  Among them, some of the PhD students and faculty members have joys to take pictures with former Gov. Barbour and to ask questions to him.



The left picture shows Ms. Ashlee Theodore, Professor Jae-Young Ko, Gov. Barbour, Ms. Almesha Campbell, Christopher Roby, and Latonya Curley (from left to right). The right picture shows Professor Johnny Gilleylen asking a question to the Governor.


The JSU Public Policy Student Symposium 2014 Fall was held on December 4, 2014 (Organizer: Dr. Jae-Young Ko).  The event is organized to increase students’ independent research skills, and to enhance skills of public communications in a professional setting.  Fourteen presentations (ten from PhD and four from MPPA students) were made, covering diverse topics in public policy area.  Top three presentations were recognized for the PhD and MPPA students, respectively.  The symposium recognizes Mr. Alan Branson (title, ‘An analysis of payday lending locations in Mississippi’; in the left picture) for the 1st place of the PhD division, followed by Mr. T’Willie Chandler (‘Incarceration of veterans with post traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder’) for the 2nd place, and Ms. Cassandra Hawkins-Wilson (‘Children’s access to mental health care in Mississippi’) for the 3rd place.   For the MPPA division, Ms. Daisy Carter (‘Pharm Party: A study on prescription drug abuse among teens in Mississippi’; in the right picture) won  the 1st place. Mr. James Thompson (‘A comparative strategy assessment of creating green jobs for five state capital cities & policy recommendations’), and Ms. Jermesiah Haywood (‘Social media’s impact on local nonprofit organization Management: Research plan for Mississippi’) shared the 2nd place.  Ms. Angeline Walton (‘Examining urban sprawl as link to sustainable development’) achieved the 3rd place.  The semi-annual student symposium is open to the public policy students who want to build the research and presentation skills.  The next symposium will be held in the late April 2015.


Professor Robinson's article on Dr. Halachmi was published for PA TIMES on October 2014 (TItle: Remembering Arie Halachmi: Scholar, Teacher and Person; vol.37, No.3, p.20).  Professor Robinson remembers him by saying, '..he always had time to talk to me and showed me a different context for the problem.  He never told me the answer, but showed me how to think about the problem contextually….'