MURC workshop on Feb. 5, 6pm

January 29th, 2015 by ppad

Dr. Davis, Director of Mississippi Urban Research Center (MURC), will hold a MURC database workshop on Feb 5, 2015 (Th), 6pm at room 2-8, Universities Center.

The MURC database includes the data of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).  ICPSR, a unit within the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, offers a data repository of over 34,000 datasets for non-ICPSR members and 62,000 datasets for members.

Data topics such as aging, criminal justice, demographics, education, health, mental health, instruction, race and ethnicity and terrorism are available.

The workshop will be a great opportunity for the students who have been searching for real socio-economic data for their own research.

The event is open to the faculty members and students who are interested in the event.

Look forward to your participation.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jae-Young Ko (

The comprehensive exam schedule is announced as follows:

MPPA: March 7th (Sat)

PhD: Feb. 23rd - 27th


additionally the PhD oral exam will be held from March 16th to 17th.

Good Luck!!!!

You might have been heard that the classes would be held in the downtown building by the last week of January.  However, as of today the building is not ready for moving-in.  The classes will be held at the current classrooms for a couple of additional weeks. Stay tuned!



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.


A symposium on the Revitalization of Down Town Jackson was held on Monday, November 17, 2014. The featured speaker was Eric Jefferson, the Planning Director for the City of Jackson, MS.  Jefferson reviewed the historical development of the city and its current benefits and challenges to transforming Jackson into a walkable city between home, work, shopping, and entertainment. Pictured above are Jefferson (center), Dr. Cheater Robinson (instructor), and students in PPAD 685, Urban Problems, that sponsored the symposium.  


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….'








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Mayor Tony T. Yarber, with Ms. Kishia Powell, Director of Public Works, came to the campus, and explained the Jackson's infrastructure master plan, which will be financed through the one-percent sales tax increase passed last January, to the students and faculty members on Nov. 5, 2014 (arranged by Professor Murray).

Make A Difference Day

November 11th, 2014 by ppad

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On Saturday, October 25th our PPAD Student Association participated in Make A Difference Day – a partnership with The Voice of Calvary Ministries and the ZOO Area Progressive Partnership (ZAPP).  We painted bridges, a building, landscaped, and cleaned the community (picking up trash, raking, and pulling dead leaves and vines).  We worked to clean up and beautify Livingston Park, the Zoo, and Claiborne Park.  Students worked from 8am to 12pm (Advisor: Professor Hines).

Jackson Police Chief Vance came to Campus

November 10th, 2014 by ppad

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LEE D. VANCE, the Chief of Police of the capitol city of Jackson, Mississippi, came to the campus and gave a talk on Executive Leadership on October 29, 2014 (arranged by Professor Hines).







Ms. Chelsea Crittle defended her doctoral dissertation successfully (title: 'Assessing the impact and implications of service delivery to senior citizens under the Older Americans Act: The case of Central Mississippi, 2007-2012'), on October 14, 2014.  Congratulations, Dr. Crittle!