Dr. Olurominiyi Ibitayo

Ph.D., Arizona State University
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Departments: Political Science

Areas of Specialization:
Environmental Planning, Environmental Risk Assessment, Neighborhood Analysis and Development, Sustainability & Affordable Housing

Curriculum Vitae

Oluroominiyi Ibitayo is a professor in the Urban Planning and Environmental Policy Department at the Texas Southern University’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Prior to coming to Texas Southern, he taught at Jackson State University in the Public Policy and Administration Department and Arizona State University in the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture.

He has been published in the Encyclopedia of Earth, the Journal of Emergency Management, Journal of Clinical Forensic and Journal of Environmental Systems. He also has several presentations to his name. At the ASCP Conference he presented, “Greenhouse Workers’ Exposure to Agricultural Pesticides: Evidence from Sultanate of Oman.

Ibitayo’s research interests and experience include environmental risk assessment, risk communication and emergency preparedness, ethnic minority environmental research and population-environment interrelationship. His recent publications which appeared in Risk Analysis, and forthcoming as a book chapter in Trends in Hazardous Materials Research, focused on agricultural pesticide use and/or misuse in rural Egypt and in sub-Sahara Africa respectively. Also, his publication in Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management investigated risk perceptions regarding indoor application of toxic agricultural pesticide while his recent work published in Journal of Hazardous Materials focused on policy and social responses to an industrial explosion. Ibitayo’s publications on hazardous waste facility siting issues have appeared in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy and Waste Management and Research.

In 2008, he was awarded Texas Southern University McCleary Teacher of the Year Award, the Barbara Jordan -Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Distinguished Teacher Award and the Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Distinguished International Service Award. Dr. Ibitayo earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

Richelle N. Jones

Program Analyst for Compliance eMPA/MPA Programs
MPA, Texas Southern University, JD, Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law
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Departments: Political Science

Richelle N. Jones is a native of Brazoria, Texas, and a three-time graduate of Texas Southern University. She is a 2005 cum laude, Frederick Douglass Honors Institute scholar with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in Journalism. She also received a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Human Resources in 2007. While at Texas Southern, Ms. Jones was an active member of the student body, holding offices in the University Program Council, Student Government Association, Political Science Club and Tiger Yearbook.

In 2012, Ms. Jones received her Juris Doctor degree from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. As a law student, she held active membership in the American Bar Association, Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, Public Interest Law Students Association, Thurgood Marshall Ambassador Organization, and was selected to represent the law school as Miss Thurgood Marshall School of Law 2011-2012. During her final year in law school, she became a certified mediator and worked in the law school’s Legal Studies Clinical Program as a mediator. Under the guidance of her supervising attorney, Ms. Jones co-mediated cases for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ms. Jones is also a freelance graphic designer and branding consultant. She has designed and consulted for corporations and organizations in the public and private sectors. She is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, Golden Key International Honour Society, Pi Sigma Alpha – The Political Science Honor Society and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., where she serves as a board member of the Southwestern Region of the organization.

Mr. Carroll Robinson, Esq.

Interim Associate Dean of External Affairs
J.D., George Washington University- National Law Center
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Departments: Political Science

Areas of Specialization:
Climate Change Policy, Economics and Policy, Law and Policy, Metropolitan Sustainability, Policy and Politics

Curriculum Vitae

Carroll G. Robinson, Esq graduated as a Who’s Who Among American Law Students from the George Washington University Law Center in Washington D.C.. he is an Associate Professor and former Associate Dean of external Affairs at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas southern University. He is also a Co-Principal Investigator of the TSU National transportation Security Center of Excellence-Petrochemical Transportation Security.

Professor Robinson is a former At-Large (elected citywide) member of the Houston (Texas) City Council. He also represented the City of Houston on the Board of Directors of the Houston of the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Prior to his election to the Houston City Council, Professor Robinson was an Associate professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University and served as Executive Assistant to two presidents of the University. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the law school’s Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Policy.

Professor Robinson had worked in the Texas Legislature as Chief of Staff and General Counsel to Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. He has an impressive list of publications, has presented at numerous presentations and served as a keynote speaker throughout the country. Outside of his academic rigor, he is active and holds life memberships in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He also holds memberships with the National Bar Association, American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Houston Lawyers Association and Houston Bar Association.

Dr. Olupnmile Olonilua

Assistant Professor Public Administration
Ph.D., Texas Southern University
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Departments: Political Science

Areas of Specialization:
Emergency Management/Planning, Evaluation Research, Hazard Mitigation, Planning Theory

Curriculum Vitae

Oluponmile O. Olonilua currently serves as an Assistant Professor at her Alma Mata, Texas Southern University in the Barbra Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs in Houston, Texas. Having trilingual proficiency, she also has the bragging right as being the first PhD Candidate to receive the Degree of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy.

She has been published in the Journal of Emergency Management, Design for All-a Publication of Design for All Institute of India and Habitation. She also presented at the National Evacuation Conference 2012 on the topic “Assessing the Effectiveness of Evacuation Plans during Hazard Occurrences: An Exploratory Study of Evacuation Plans in the Houston Metropolitan Area.”

A Dr. Olonilua research aspiration includes Hazard Mitigation/Emergency Management, Diversity Planning, Community Development and Public Participation, Environmental Planning and Policy and Land Use and Evacuation Planning. She is a member of the Association of Collegiate School of Planning; the American Planning Association; the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (Planning Committee) and the Planning Committee on Coastal Resilience of the Texas Costal Resilience Symposium.

Dr. Luis Perez-Feliciano

Associate Professor Political Science
Ph.D., Fordham University
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Departments: Political Science

Areas of Specialization:
American Politics, Political Economy, Political Theory

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Luis A. Perez-Feliciano received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Fordham University. At Texas Southern University, he serves as an Associate Professor of Political Science since 2005. Prior to he was an instructor at the University of Puerto Rico, Universidad Interamericana of Puerto Rico, Universidad Catolica de Puerto Rico and City University of New York.

In 2009, he published the book: The American Political Economy and Monopoly capital with VDM Verlag Publishing. His experience in teaching includes American Political Systems, Modern Political Theory, Classical and Medieval Political Theory, Political Systems of Latin America and Dynamics of Latin American Politics.

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