People

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity (CEHC) prides itself on creating a family of faculty, staff, and students that are committed to excellence and ensuring student success through inclusion and mentorship.

Faculty
Gary Ackerman
Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Laboratory Development
George Berg
Associate Professor
Norman Gervais
Professor of Practice
Alex Greer
Associate Professor
Sam Jackson
Assistant Professor
Terry Merz
Visiting Professor
James E. Steiner
Program Coordinator for Homeland Security, Cyber Security, and Emergency Management and Public Service Professor
Unal Tatar
Assistant Professor
David Turetsky
Professor of Practice
Frank Wiley
Professor of Practice
faculty
Office of Dean Staff
Michael R. Baumgardner
Director of Student Success
Matt Beebe
Academic Advisor: Informatics
Annie Connors
Senior Staff Assistant
Erin Couture
Academic Advisor: EHC
Martin Fogelman
Senior Advisor to the Dean
Kirk Harbinger
Director of Development
Tiffany Williams-Hart
Director of Research and Faculty Success
Alisha Hennet
Senior Staff Assistant
Jayson Kratoville
Interim Director of the National Center for Security and Preparedness
Nancy Kreis
Training Coordinator
Matthew Roche
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration
Jess Wenger
Graduate Program Support
officeofdeanstaff
INF PhD Students
Meet Our INF PhD Students

Mohammed Alazawi
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Spatial Modeling, Big Data Analysis, Ecological & Environmental Modeling
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Mohammed Alazawi CV (PDF)

Bahareh Ansari
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Research Interests: Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Health Information Seeking Behavior, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections, Substance Use Disorder
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Bahare Ansari CV (PDF)

Martha Avila
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Research Interests: Child Welfare, Information Systems, Government Services, Digital Government
Dissertation: Legal and Institutional Factors for Collaborative Governance Arrangements for Data Exchange and Data Quality in the New York State Child Welfare System
Contact: [email protected]
Martha Avila CV (PDF)

Mehdi Barati
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Mehdi Barati CV (PDF)

Kevin Caramancion
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization & Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Fake News, Misinformation, Disinformation, Information Quality, Polarization 
Dissertation: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Misinformation and Disinformation Awareness: Information Inoculation Campaigns
Contact: [email protected]
Personal Website: Kevin Caramancion Website
Kevin Caramancion CV (PDF)

Yvonne Dadson
Cohort: Fall 2021
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Information for Risk in Emergency Management & Security (IREMS)
Research Interests: Emergency Communications, Public Policy, Economics of Social Media, Social Media Communications, Visualizations, Identity Theft Concerns, Privacy/Cybersecurity Assessment, Biometrics.
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yvonne Dadson CV (PDF)

Manual De Tuya
Cohort: Fall 2014
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: DAPS
Research Interests: Data Analytics, Technology Management, Governance, Learning & Development
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Manual De Tuya CV (PDF)

Elisabeth Dubois
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Crisis Communication & Emergency Preparedness (Self-Designed)
Secondary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Research Interests: Crisis Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Pandemics, Marketing, Political Leadership, Education, Vulnerable Populations, Developing Countries
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Elisabeth Dubois CV (PDF)

Nimrod Dvir
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization & Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Management Information Systems, Consumer Behavior, Engagement, Open Government
Dissertation: Contagious Content: A Framework for Effective Information Delivery
Contact: [email protected]
Nimrod Dvir CV (PDF)

Yutian Feng
Cohort: Fall 2016
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Spatial Analysis, Geography, Crime Visualization, Remote Sensing
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yutian Feng CV (PDF)

Dominick Foti
Cohort: Fall 2021
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Information in Organizational Enviornments (IOE)
Research Interests: Active Cyber Defense
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Lu Gao
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Yenisel Gulatee
Cohort: Fall 2016
Primary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Collaboration, Group Learning, Trust, Emergency Management, Information Sharing, Public Libraries, Smart Cities, Smart Citizens
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yenisel Gulatee CV (PDF)

Donald Harris Jr.
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: New Media, Technology-mediated Communication, Mental Health Disparities, Information Exchange, Linguistic Analysis
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Donald Harris Jr. CV (PDF)

Terry Hastings
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Bradley Hershenson
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, & Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Smart Cities, Smart Transportation, Urban Planning 
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Bradley Hershenson CV (PDF)

SaBrina Jeffcoat
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Government Transparency and Accountability, Data Visualization, Open Government Data
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Personal Website: EdibleDataVisuals.com
Sabrina Jeffcoat CV (PDF)

Ellie (Seoe) Jung
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: N/A
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Dima Kassab
Cohort: Fall 2011
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Research Interests: Cloud Management, Computing & Information 
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Dima Kassab CV (PDF)

Thora Knight
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Information Privacy, Emerging Technology, Online Behavioral Advertising 
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Thora Knight CV (PDF)

Yueqi Li
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: N/A
Research Interests: Cybersecurity, Forensic Accounting, Auditing
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yueqi Li CV (PDF)

Xiaomai Liu
Cohort: Fall 2018
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Data Analysis, Spatial Analysis, Cybersecurity, Application Software, Neural Networks 
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Xiaomai Liu CV (PDF)

Yu Liu
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Intelligence
Dissertation:TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Yu Liu CV (PDF)

Shannon Mersand
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Technology and Learning (ITL)
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: Information Literacy, Educational Technology, Makerspaces & E-learning as Conduits to Student Achievement for PreK-University
Dissertation: Makerspaces in PreK-12 School Libraries - Prevalence and Effects
Contact: [email protected]
Shannon Mersand CV (PDF)

Alice Ottah
Cohort: Fall 2021
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Research Interests: Data Visualization, Big Data Analysis, Information Systems
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Vishwa Rao
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Vishwa Rao CV (PDF)

Mayra Santiago
Cohort: Fall 2020
Primary Specialization: Information in Organizational Environments (IOE)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Dissemination of Information, Knowledge Flow, Communication, Technological Gaps, Education
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Mayra Santiago CV (PDF)

Smita Sharma
Cohort: Fall 2013
Primary Specialization: Geographic Information Science (GIS)
Secondary Specialization: Self-Designed
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Irem Tatar
Cohort: Fall 2019
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA)
Research Interests: Statistical Methods, Data Analysis, Cybersecurity, Risk Analysis
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]
Irem Tatar CV (PDF)

Emmanuel Udoh
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Secondary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Research Interests: Algorithmic Policing, Data Quality, Surveillance, Cyber Criminality, e-Government
Dissertation: An Exploratory Study on Fairness Issues in Algorithmic Policing Systems
Contact: [email protected]

Xiaoshuai Yang
Cohort: Fall 2017
Primary Specialization: Information Assurance (IA) 
Secondary Specialization: Knowledge Organization and Management (KOM)
Research Interests: N/A
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]

Xiaoyi Yerden
Cohort: Fall 2015
Primary Specialization: Information, Government, and Democratic Society (IGDS)
Secondary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Research Interests: Open Government, Data Utilization & Management, Smart Cities, Emergency Management, Policy Decision Making 
Dissertation: An Investigation on Open Government Data Utilization and Impact: Influential Factors and Stakeholders
Contact: [email protected]
Xiaoyi Yerden CV (PDF)

Marilyn Zeppetelli
Cohort: Fall 2021
Primary Specialization: Data Analytics (DA)
Secondary Specialization: Self-Designed
Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Big Data Analysis, Data Analytics, Personalized Medicine
Dissertation: TBD
Contact: [email protected]