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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. 

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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.

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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.

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For the students who are scheduled to take the MPPA comprehensive exam on March 7th (sat), a prep session is arranged on Feb. 9th, (Mon), 4:30pm, at the PPAD computer lab.

For more information, please contact professor Billingsley at  

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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 (

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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!!!!

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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.

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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.  

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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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