Dr. Egbunam Amadife
Professor of Political Science, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences (1996); Diploma, Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, Ireland; B.A., School of International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont; M.A., University of Rhode Island, Kingston; Ph.D., University of Connecticut.
Prior to serving for seventeen years as the Chair of Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Kentucky State University, Dr. Amadife taught at the University of Rhode Island where he was also the Interim Director of African and Afro-American Studies Program. He also taught at Shaw University, Raleigh, NC. His research and teaching interests include International Relations, Comparative Government, Development, Third World Issues, Democratization, and African Politics. In addition to his published book Pre-Theories of Foreign Policy Making, his other scholarly peer reviewed publications include “Liberalization and Democratization in Nigeria: The International and Domestic Challenge. Co-author of “Africa’s Political Boundaries: Colonial Cartography, The OAU, and the Advisability of Ethno-National Adjustment.” A frequent participant at professional conferences at regional and national level, Dr. Amadife is the initiator, Founder and Director of the Annual Southern Interdisciplinary Roundtable on African Studies (SIRAS) at Kentucky State University.
Degrees and Certifications
Diploma, Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, Ireland
B.A., School of International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont
M.A., University of Rhode Island, Kingston
Ph.D., University of Connecticut.
Contact Information: Dr. Egbunam Amadife, 233A Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6118
Dr. Lynn Bowers
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences (2005); B.A., Transylvania University; MPA, Kentucky State University; M.A., Spalding University; MSW, University of Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Kentucky.
Before joining the faculty in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Kentucky State University, Dr. Bowers taught in the psychology program at Western Carolina University as well as in the graduate program in counseling at Lindsey Wilson College and the Public Administration Program at Kentucky State University. She is licensed by Kentucky’s professional boards of psychology and social work and she is licensed as a school social worker by Kentucky’s Department of Education. She has practiced in the field of mental health for over 20 years and has worked in adult or higher education for 14 years. She is serving her fifth term as Frankfort City Commissioner and she has served as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Frankfort for three years. She serves as the pianist for her church and she has served in Kiwanis and Habitat for Humanity. Since coming to Kentucky State University, she has served as Chair of the Institutional Review Board as well as Chair of several Faculty Senate Committees. Currently, she teaches courses in Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Theories of Psychotherapy, Personality Theories and Seminars. Her research interests are in the areas of disability (as her field practice was in this area) and psychology as it relates to civic engagement.
Contact Information: Dr. Lynn Bowers, 233B Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6137
Dr. Nancy Capriles
Assistant Professor of Psychololgy, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences (2012). Ph. D. in Psychology, National University of Cordoba- Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (C.O.N.I.C.E.T.); Postdoctoral Training, Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan.
At Kentucky State University, Dr. Capriles teaches the following courses: Sensation and Perception, Experimental Psychology, Research Methods, Physiological Psychology, Seminar in Psychology (drug abuse), and General psychology. Before joining the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Dr. Capriles worked in research for more than 10 years. Her main research interest has been the study of the individual differences in the vulnerability to drug abuse. Using the microarrays technology, Dr. Capriles has investigated changes in the gene expression profiles in the Nucleus Accumbens through the different phases of cocaine addiction. Her research has also used pharmacological tools to further investigate some of the long-term alterations in gene expression that underlie the persistent cocaine-induced behavioral effects, such as relapse and cocaine-seeking behavior. Vita
Contact Information: Dr. Nancy Capriles, 230 Hathaway Hall, Kentucky State University, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Telephone: (502) 597-5920
Dr. Tierra M. Freeman
Associate Professor of Psychology, Acting Chair, Faculty Senate President 2012-2014, Psychology Program Coordinator, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences (2008); B.A. in Psychology, University of Kentucky; M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Towson University; Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Kentucky.
Dr. Freeman began her tenure track teaching career at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she taught undergraduate and graduate child development, lifespan human development, and introduction to graduate research. She has also taught psychology and education courses at the University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College, and Sullivan University, as an adjunct during her doctoral studies. She currently teaches Statistics for the Behavioral & Social Sciences, Theories & Methods of Human Development, History & Systems of Psychology, and the capstone course Senior Colloquium. Dr. Freeman’s area of research focuses on the social contextual nature of students’ academic achievement and motivation. She also engages in consulting work as a program evaluator on educational reform. Vita
Contact: Dr. Tierra Freeman, 229 Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-5932
Dr. Cynthia Glass
Visiting Professor of Sociology, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences (2012), BSS Club Advisor
Dr. Glass is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (2012) where she received a Ph.D. in Sociology and of Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia), where she received a Master’s in Applied Sociology (1999) and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science (1995). Prior to coming to Kentucky State in the Fall of 2012, she taught various sociology courses including Sociology of Health and Illness, Sociology of Marriage and Family, Cultural Diversity, Research Methods, Social Problems, Juvenile Delinquency and Crime, Law and Deviance at Old Dominion University, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky. Dr. Glass’ primary area of specialization is Crime and Deviance, with an emphasis on the relationship between social inequality and delinquent behavior. Vita
Contact Information: Dr. Cynthia Glass, Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-5923
Mrs. Erin Gilliam, ABD
Assistant Professor of History, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences (2013).
Professor Erin Wiggins Gilliam has a passion for teaching. She teaches Western Civilization and American history courses. Her specialty is African American Educational history, the history of race relations in the Southern United States. She is a proud graduate of Kentucky State University; where she earned a B.A. in social studies education. She also holds a M.A. in history from the University of Kentucky in 2010. Professor Gilliam is currently a doctoral candidate of history at the University of Kentucky. Her working title of her dissertation Educating Ourselves: Black Baptist Women and the Educational Movement in Kentucky. Vita
Contact Informatiobn: Mrs. Erin Gilliam, 228 Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-5926
Dr. Derese Kassa
Visiting Professor of Sociology, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences (2013), Ph.D. University of Louisville, M.A. University of Bath (United Kingdom), BA Addis Ababa University
Dr. Derese Getachew Kassa is an urban sociologist. He completed his Ph.D. in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville (KY). Earlier, he studied Sociology at Addis Ababa University (2000) and did his Masters in International Development Studies at the University of Bath in the UK (2005). Until 2009, he served as a Lecturer of Sociology at Addis Ababa University. He was also involved in various research projects around issues of wellbeing and quality of life, urban development, urban public places, urban commons and state-society relations in East Africa. His doctoral dissertation, “Stranded Strangers: Ethiopian Refugees and the Quest for Urban Citizenship in Nairobi, Kenya”, won the Best Dissertation Award of the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville in May 2013. This far he has published two book chapters and two proceeding articles. Currently, he is also working on publishing his thesis into a book. He is a member of the African Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. He has also served as an Executive Committee member of the Ethiopian Society of Sociologists, Social Workers and Anthropologists (ESSSWA) in Ethiopia. Dr. Kassa is a Jazz, Blues and Reggae fan and a blogger on current African Affairs.
Contact Information: Dr. Derese Kassa, 226 Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-5921
Dr. Michael O. Kasongo
Associate Professor of History, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences (1994);B.S., University of Congo; M.Th., Free University of Congo School of Theology; M.A., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Kentucky.
Dr. Kasongo has taught classes in world and western civilizations, in addition to upper level courses in American and European History. Before coming to Kentucky State University, Dr. Kasongo taught at West Virginia State College, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Fairmont State College, and University of Virginia. Dr. Kasongo published a book on the History of the Methodist Church in Congo (University Press of America, 1998). Dr. Kasongo has been active in the Kentucky conference of the United Methodist Church, and also serves as Community representative for International Exchange Students in local high schools. Vita
Contact Information: Dr. Michael Kasongo, 236 Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6119
Dr. Robert W. Lancaster
Associate Professor of Political Science, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences (2007); University of Kentucky; M.A., University of Kentucky; Ph.D., University of Kentucky.
Dr. Lancaster received his BA, MA and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky; he has been a Certified General Appraiser for almost 30 years. His primary teaching and research interests center on sustainability theory (urban sustainability to sustainable urban design), critical theory and power, as well as, ‘green’ appraisal valuation techniques and other real estate and zoning issues, across both the United States and Canada. He has published and lectured internationally on sustainability as policy, and he is currently collaborating on a book titled Getting From Here to There: the Politics of Urban Sustainability in North America. Dr. Lancaster has served on a number of unit and university committees, both appointed and elected, and he is a former Faculty Senate President.Vita
Contact: Dr. Robert Lancaster, 231A Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6008
Dr. Mara L. Merlino
Associate Professor of Psychology and Sociology, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences (2009); Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno.
Dr. Merlino is a graduate of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is qualified to teach in both psychology and sociology. She is an ongoing a member of the graduate faculty of the UNR Judicial Studies Program, the only academic Ph.D. and Master’s degree granting program for the nation’s judiciary. This program is offered jointly by The National Judicial College, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Merlino’s research interests include the social construction of the admissibility of expert witnesses and expert testimony, the reliability and validity of various areas of forensic science, jury research, judicial use of court-appointed experts, and the influences of sex and race on sentencing decisions. She has numerous publications and presentations at national and international venues. Dr. Merlino enjoys teaching Introduction to Psychology, Seminar in Forensic Psychology, and Social Psychology. Since coming to Kentucky State University, she has established the undergraduate Interdisciplinary Behavioral & Social Sciences lab, where students are actively engaged in funded and additional research projects, as well as, developed and will be directing the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Sciences Master of Arts program in Fall 2014 – pending CPE and SACs approvals in June. Vita
Contact Information: Dr. Mara Merlino, 234 Hathaway Hall, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-5053
Dr. Marva Y. Strickland-Hill
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Division of Behavioral & Social Sciences (1992);B.A., Clark University; M.A., Atlanta University; Ph.D., Atlanta University
Dr. Strickland Hill’s teaching areas are American Government & Politics, Urban Politics, African Politics, International Relations, Constitutional Law & Civil Liberties. She has been acknowledged for excellence as a distinguished educator in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” Dr. Strickland Hill insists that learning should be delightful and students are wonderful.
Contact info: Dr. Marva Strickland-Hill, 237 Hathaway Hall, Kentucky State University, 400 East Main Street, Frankfort, Ky 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6803