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Stephanie Allen

Portrait of Stephanie Allen

Instructor | History
Office: NSB 301E
Phone: (256) 372-8272
Email: stephanie.allen@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Alabama A&M University
    Masters of Education
  • University of Alabama Huntsville
    M.A. History
  • Alabama A&M University
    B.A. 
Resarch Inteterests

Effective Andragogical Methodologies, Strategies for Effective Online Teaching, Inclusive History Education

Areas of Teaching

World History, African American History, Geography

Biography

Stephanie N. Allen, an alumna of Alabama A&M University and recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Grant, has taught in the Department of Social Sciences since 2005. Stephanie remains committed to preparing HBCU students to "show up and show out" in the community and in the workforce.  She finds continual inspiration in the words of Marcus Garvey (as paraphrased by Bob Marley), "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds."  

She thrives on the energy of the classroom and enjoys exploring history with her students. Stephanie brings her effervescent personality to each lecture and entertains her students while teaching them the historical content and study skills necessary to be successful in their major courses. She sprinkles happiness like glitter and her students leave class inspired to make a difference in the lives of others. 

Kathryn Bruton

Adjunct | History
Office: Drake Hall 009
Email: kathryn.bruton@aamu.edu
 

Donna Burnell

Portrait of Donna Burnell

Instructor | Sociology
Office: NSB 302B
Phone: (256) 372-4414
Email: donna.burnell@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • University of Alabama Huntsville
    M.A. Public Affairs
  • University of Florida
    B.A. Psychology
Research Interests

Social Justice, Social Change, Social Theory, Population

Biography

I grew up in the Northeast part of the country. My parents were from New Jersey. I spent many years in Gainesville, Florida and then Dunedin, Florida. I have worked in medicine, government, teaching, a botanical garden, and as co-owner of a print shop. My personal interests are politics, anything post-apocalyptic, and futurism.

Tim Butzer

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Assistant Professor | Philosophy
Office: NSB 301G
Phone: (256) 372-4861
Email: timothy.butzer@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    Ph.D. Philosophy
  • Miami University
    M.A. Philosophy
  • University of Colorado
    B.A. Double major in Philosophy and Literature
Research Interests

Epistemology, Perception, Philosophy of Mind

Biography

I am a philosopher who works primarily in epistemology and the philosophy of mind.  I am most interested in how our perceptual experiences succeed in justifying our beliefs about the world. I obtained my Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2015. I then spent six years teaching philosophy at the University of Alabama before joining Alabama A&M in 2021.  My work has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: Philosophical Studies, Erkenntnis, and Dialectica.

Yvonne Edwards

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Senior Secretary | Social Sciences
Office: NSB 301H
Phone: (256) 372-5330
Email: yvonne.edwards@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Athens State University
    B.S. Acquisitions and Contract Management
  • Calhoun Community Colege
    A.S. Business Administration
Biography

I worked for North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence (NACEE) for 18 years, Redstone Arsenal for 4.5 years and Alabama A&M University for the last 8 years.

Reyna Esquivel-King

Portrait of Reyna Esquivel-King

Assistant Professor | History
Drake Hall 006
Phone: (256) 372-5350
Email: reyna.esquivelki@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Ohio State University
    Ph.D. Major field is Latin American history. Minor fields in women, gender, and sexuality history and Latin American film studies.
  • New York University
    M.A. History and Women and Women and Gender History
  • University of Michigan
    History and Social Studies
Research Interests

Mexican history, cultural studies, film, censorship, cultural politics, race and gender in popular culture, U.S.-Latin American relations, African and Jewish diasporas in Latin America.

Biography

Dr. Esquivel-King was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Detroit metro region of the state of Michigan. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. from New York University. She completed her PhD in history at the Ohio State University. Her interests are Latin American and Latinx history. She focused her doctoral research on Mexican film censorship history and it’s relationship to socio political issues of the Mexican Revolution. She currently resides in Huntsville with her loving husband and pets.

Kandice Eubanks

Adjunct | Sociology
Phone: (256) 372-4861
Email: kandice.eubanks@aamu.edu
 

Sean Halverson

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Assistant Professor | History
Drake Hall 008
Phone: (256) 372-4285
Email: sean.halverson@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Mississippi State University
    Ph.D. American History
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    M.A. History
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    B.A. History
Research Interests

Early American history, the Atlantic World, military history, political history, environmental history/frontier

Biography

Dr. Halverson is an assistant professor of history at Alabama A & M University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in History, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in History, and a doctorate in U.S. History from Mississippi State University. He specializes in Early American History in the Atlantic World and has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. Some of his most recent articles have appeared in the journals Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Huntsville Historical Review, and Intelligence and National Security. Halverson has presented scholarly papers at a number of regional and national conferences. He has a strong passion for teaching and teaches a wide range of classes at Alabama A & M University, including undergraduate and graduate courses. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, biking, ice skating, listening to music, reading, and spending time with his friends and family.   

Sheri Jenkins Keenan

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Assistant Professor | Criminal Justice
NSB 214-B
 
Degrees Earned
  • University of Southern Michigan
    Ph.D. Criminal Justice
  • Jackson State University al Justice
    M.S. Criminal Justice
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
    B.S. Criminal Justice
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
    B.A. Sociology
Research Interests

Policing special populations with an emphasis on juveniles: delinquency, mental illness, school safety, school-to-prison pipeline, gangs/threat groups, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and juvenile justice program evaluation.

Biography

Sheri Jenkins Keenan is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Social Sciences at Alabama A & M University. She holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Dr. Keenan has 14 years of experience in law enforcement. Her research interests focus on policing special populations with an emphasis on juveniles: delinquency, mental illness, school safety, school-to-prison pipeline, gangs/threat groups, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and juvenile justice program evaluation. Dr. Keenan’s publications deal with such areas as K12 tracking, school violence, zero tolerance policies, school resources officers (SROs), nature and extent of mental health moving through the juvenile justice system, juvenile drug courts, transfer/waiver, bullying/cyber-bullying, gang violence, and rational choice theory. Dr. Keenan has an accomplished grant record, is a member of several state, regional, and national professional organizations, serves on numerous local advisory committees and boards, and is a state certified ACEs trainer. Dr. Keenan is a LIFETIME member of SCJA.

Emerald Jones

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Assistant Professor | Criminal Justice
NSB 301A
Phone: (256) 372-4814
Email: emerald.jones@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Howard University
    Ph.D. Sociology and Criminology; minor in Social work
  • Fayetteville State University
    M.A. Sociology; minor Social Work
  • Fayetteville State University
    B.A. Psychology
Research Interests

Social Inequality, The Criminal Justice System, Mass Incarceration, Juvenile Delinquency, Deviant Behavior

Biography

Dr. Emerald Jones, a Charlotte, North Carolina native, is a recent graduate of Howard University focusing on the areas of criminology and social inequality. She received her master's degree in Sociology from Fayetteville State University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Fayetteville State University. Her research - which focuses on mass incarceration, social inequality, racial discrimination, and occupational inequality - explores how race and gender play a major role in the judicial system.

Svetlana Jovanov

Adjunct | History
Email: svetlana.jovanov@aamu.edu
 

Devyn Keith

Adjunct | Political Science
Email: devyn.keith@aamu.edu
 

Doris Krakrafaa-Bestman

Assistant Professor | Criminal Justice
Office: NSB 301-F
 

Mary Laska

Assistant Professor | Sociology
Office: NSB 311A
Phone: (256) 372-5485
Email: mary.laska@aamu.edu
 

Earnest Limbo

Portrait of Ernest Limbo

Adjunct | History
Office: Drake Hall 009
Email: ernest.limbo@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • University of Mississippi
    Ph.D.
  • University of Chicago
    Master of Divinity
  • DePauw Iniversity
    B.A. Double major in religion and history
Research Interests

American History, History of Religion in America, Civil Rights Movement, African American history, Slavery in the New World

Gregg Nozum

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Adjunct | Criminal Justice
Email: gregg.nozum@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Duquesne University School of Law
    J.D. Law
  • West Virginia University
    M.P.A. Public Administration
  • West Virginia University
    B.A. Political Science
Research Interests

Criminal Law, Evidence, Criminology, Criminal Justice Administration and Organizations, Drug Laws and Enforcement, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Biography

Served as an officer in the US Navy JAG Corps from 1984-1988 with experience defending and prosecuting service members under the UCMJ; Served as a Special Agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration from 1988-2012 with extensive enforcement experience domestically and overseas to include three deployments to Afghanistan 2005-2007, Retired in 2012; Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University, LEJA Program, 2012-2016; Moved to Huntsville area in 2016.

Michael Orok

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Interim Chair | Professor | Political Science
Office: NSB 301D
Phone: (256) 372-5482
Email: michael.orok@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Atlanta University ( now Clark Atlanta)
    Ph.D. Political Science
  • Central Michigan University
    M.A. Management and Supervision (Public Administration)
  • Central State University
    B.A. Political Science
Research Interests

Public Policy and Analysis, Global Politics, Entrepreneurship, Community and Economic Development, Strategic Planning & Organizational Development

Teaching Areas

Graduate Courses in Public Administration, International Relations, Comparative Government, U.S. Foreign Policy, African/ African American & Diaspora Politics, American Government, Urban Politics

Biography

Michael E. Orok, serves as the Interim Chair of the Department of Social Sciences. Orok previously served as a tenured professor of Political Science and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. He also previously served as the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Tennessee State University. Additionally, he served for six years as the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies at Alabama A &M University (AAMU). He is a seasoned public administration practitioner, academician and higher education administrator with more than 28 years of experience in the field. Dr. Orok served for several years as a tenured professor and Chairperson of the Department of History and Political Science at Albany State University in Albany, GA., and Special Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs on Accreditation matters. Moreover, he has served as an accreditation liaison for over ten years and periodically served as an accreditation off-site visit reviewer for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS/ COC). He is a former Vice President of the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS), and a 2005 graduate of the Millennium Leadership Institute of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is also a graduate of the Center for Strategic Leadership.

Dr. Orok is a seasoned scholar and academician who has been involved in numerous public service and professional activities and developed academic curriculum in Public Administration and served as MPA program accreditation site visitor. He served for three years on the Commission for Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), which is the accrediting agency for all MPA programs in the United States. He is the founding President of the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, admitted into the Hall of Champions of the American Society for Public Administration in 2000 and is listed as a life member of the Cambridge “Who is Who” registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. He is a past President of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA). He served briefly as the treasurer of the Tennessee Council of Graduate Schools and on the executive committee of the conference of Southern graduate Schools. He also holds membership in the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association. He has been the co-founder and co-principal investigator for the Flint River Water Resources Management and Policy Center in Southwest Georgia. Michael Orok, holds a Master’s degree in Management and Supervision with Public Administration concentration and a Ph.D. in Political Science with Public Administration as a cognate area.

Douglas Turner

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Assistant Professor | Political Science
Drake Hall 007
Phone: (256) 372-5342
Email: douglas.turner@aamu.edu
 
Degress Earned
  • Atlanta University
    A.B.D.
  • Cornell University
    M.P.S.
  • Carleton College
    B.A.
Teaching Areas

American government, State and Local government, International Relations, Black politics

Biography

Born and raised in Pasadena, CA. I have worked at Alabama A&M University since 1984. In addition to teaching, I also host and produce a jazz show for WJAB 90.9FM, which has aired locally for over 30 years. The show has been nationally syndicated for the last eight years by the African American Public Radio Consortium and NPR. I am also a freelance writer who has published articles on politics and music in local, regional, national, and international publications.

Kenyatta Walker

Adjunct | History
Email: kenyatta.walker@aamu.edu
 

Michael Walker

Adjunct | Criminal Justice
Office: NSB 302A
Phone: (256) 372-5349
Email: michael.walker@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Birmingham School of Law
    J.D.
  • Auburn University at Montgomery
    M.A. Justice and Public Safety
  • Alabama A&M University
    B.A. Political Science
Teaching Areas

Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Rules of Evidence in Criminal Cases, Police Administration, Criminal Justice Administration, Criminology

Biography

Michael is a retired Certified Law Enforcement Executive with over thirty years law enforcement experience. He served with the Huntsville Police Department as a Recruiter, Polygraph Examiner, Community Relations Officer and Shift Supervisor. Michael is a former Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police at Alabama A&M University and former Chief of Police for The Town of Triana Police Department. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar and has been practicing law since 2002; he concentrates his law practice in the areas of; Criminal, Family and Probate Law. Michael joined the faculty of Alabama A&M University in August 2015.

John White

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Adjunct | Criminal Justice
Phone: (931) 363-5081
Email: white.johnny@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Tennessee State University
    Ph. D. Public Administration
  • Middle Tennessee University/Tennessee State University
    Masters of Criminal Justice
  • University of North Alabama
    B.S. in Law Enforcement
Teaching Areas

Public Administration and Criminal Justice

Biography

Reserve Police Officer, Vallejo, Ca. 1969 – 1972

Police Officer, Pulaski Police Dept., Pulaski, TN.  Patrolman, detective, and Assistant Chief, 1972-2000

Adjunct Professor, Cumberland University, 1985 – 1997, taught Criminal Justice and Masters level Publix Administration

Associate Professor, Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice and Division Chair for Social Sciences Martin Methodist College, 1997 – 2016

Co-founder of Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Officer Association, 1981 – 1998 (past Sectary Treasure and President (1983 – 1984)

Elected Representative (Dist. 7) Giles County Commission, Tennessee, 1998 - 2002 (Chairman of the Commission 1999 - 2002)

Commissioner for Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission of Tennessee (4 year appointment).

Kenneth Whitman

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Adjunct | Criminal Justice
Drake Hall 006
Phone: (256) 372-4143
Email: kenneth.whitman@aamu.edu
 
Degrees Earned
  • Walden University
    Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration
  • Cal State University, Sacremento
    M.S. Criminal Justice
  • Cal State University, Hayward
    M.P.A.
  • Cal State University, Hayward
    B.A., Political Science
  • Los Medanos College
    A.S. Biological Science
  • Laney College
    A.A. Social Science
Research Interests

Penal systems, Recidivism, Rehabilitation programs, Public Policy and Law, Corrections

Biography

Dr. Whitman began his military career in 1974, serving in the United States Navy. He served as an Aviation Electronics Technician, Air Crewman, and Aviation Maintenance Officer. He served 22 years in the Naval Reserve until transferring to the Air Force where he served as an Intelligence Officer and Squadron Commander. Dr. Whitman joined the Oakland Police Department, Oakland, California, in 1982. During his tenure with the Oakland Police Department, he served as a Field Training Officer (F.T.O), Detective Sergeant, In-Service-Training Sergeant, Communications Sergeant, Hazardous Material Investigator, Arson Investigator, Watch Commander, Robbery and Felony Assault Commander and Jail Commander. He received specialized training in Hazardous Material, Electronic Surveillance from the Department of Justice, Arson Investigation, and FBI Post Blast Investigation.