The Mississippi Urban Research Center employees hold degrees on the bachelor's through doctoral levels, as well as discipline-specific national certifications.  Staff members also possess a wide range of expertise in numerous academic and technical areas and have career experiences in the educational, public, private and governmental sectors. 


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Dr. Sam Mozee, Jr.

Job title: Interim Director

Degree: Ph.D.

Phone: (601) 979-4204  

Dr. Sam Mozee, Jr., Interim Director at the Mississippi Urban Research Center, earned the doctor of philosophy degree in public policy and administration from Jackson State University. Dr. Mozee's dissertation research focused on examining job training programs in minority communities.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from JSU. Dr. Mozee has received specialized training in research, public policy, and community and economic development at the University of Okalahoma, University of Southern Mississippi, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the RAND Corporation's Pardee Graduate School.  Dr. Mozee has more than 18 years of experience working with state and local governmental units, and local non-profits. 

In addition to his duties of producing and coordinating research studies and generating research reports, Dr. Mozee is responsible for MURC’s Census Information Center, which makes census information and data available to underserved communities that may not have access to census data through other means.

His expertise in basic and applied research enhances MURC’s goals and objectives of serving the metro Jackson community and other Mississippi urban communities. Dr. Mozee has been employed at MURC since September 2004.



Frederick O'Quinn

Job title: Project Director, Justice & Mental Health Project

Degree: BS in Educational Psychology

Phone: (601) 979-1169


SherBacon_1yl L. Bacon

Job title: Research Associate/Analyst

Degree: BA in Social Services, MPA

Phone: (601) 979-1409


Dawn_1Dawn Camel

Job title: Evaluation Specialist

Degree: BS in Psychology

Phone: (601) 979-6355





Administrative Assistant

20160324_105414_001_1Helenrine Seymour

Job title: Administrative Assistant

Degree: BS in Business Administration

Phone: (601) 979-1386