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John W. Sutherlin, Ph.DJohn W. Sutherlin, Ph.D.
Professor in Political Science

John W. Sutherlin is a Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Research Corporation of Louisiana. He received his Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans in 1998. Dr. Sutherlin was named professor of the year twice by the Student Government Association and held the Tom and Mayme Scott Endowed Professorship in Teaching Excellence for three years. He currently holds a grant to co-coordinate the Delta Leadership Institute for the Delta Regional Authority.

Dr. Sutherlin has worked extensively abroad, to include Argentina, Belgium, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. He sits on the Board of Directors for a London-based company. Dr. Sutherlin has written two books on environmental policy and hold several patents. He has also produced or directed 28 documentary films and was nominated for the Volvo for Life Award. Dr. Sutherlin was a finalist for the position of Secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality under Governor Blanco and recently completed a leadership program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


Dr. Stockley

Joshua Stockley, Ph.D.
Professor in Political Science

Joshua Stockley is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the ULM Honors Program. He received his B.A. in Political Science and History from Oklahoma Baptist University and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Stockley’s teaching and research cover American government, state and local politics, campaigns and elections, political parties, Congress, Presidency, Southern politics, culture and politics, public policy, and public administration. His works have appeared in the journal Race, Class, and Gender and edited volumes such as The Roads to Congress, The 2012 Nomination and the Future of the Republican Party, and Mediated Images of the South.

Dr. Stockley has published several book reviews, presented numerous papers at professional conferences around the nation, and serves on several editorial boards for publishers and journals. He has worked on numerous grants at the local, state, and federal level. Dr. Stockley frequently appears on media at the local, state, national, and international level, making appearances for Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Louisiana Radio Network. He regularly speaks to groups and at public forums around the state and nation about various topics in political science and public policy. In 2014, Dr. Stockley was presented with the ULM Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Student Government Association’s Faculty Award of Excellence, and the Accent on Excellence Teacher of the Year Award.


Dr. Hersey

Leigh Nanney Hersey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Political Science

Leigh Nanney Hersey is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and program coordinator for the MPA program. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from Arizona State

University in 2009, with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Leadership & Management. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in Journalism and her M.Ed. from Temple University in Athletic Administration. Dr. Hersey’s teaching and research covers public and nonprofit administration, grant writing, civic engagement, and social media.

Dr. Hersey has presented at numerous academic and professional conferences throughout the United States. She has several journal articles and book chapters, and recently co-edited a book on the arts and civic engagement. Prior to joining academia, she worked in the nonprofit sector for more than a dozen years. Dr. Hersey served on the City of Scottsdale (AZ) Parks and Recreation Commission, chairing the commission in 2004. In 2012 Dr. Hersey was nominated for the Volunteer Mid-South Spirit of Giving Award.



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Jessica Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Political Science 

Jessica Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri in 2017. She completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Global Studies at South Dakota State University. Dr. Anderson’s teaching and research interests focus broadly on topics in international relations and comparative politics with specific interest in international human rights, women’s rights, political violence, and African politics.

Dr. Anderson has presented her work at numerous academic conferences around the country and has also presented her work at international human rights conferences in Canada, the Netherlands, and Ecuador. Her published work on human rights theories can be seen in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Relations Theory. She received the Missouri Excellence in Political Science Teaching Award in the spring of 2016. 



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Patrick C. Exmeyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Political Science 

Patrick C. Exmeyer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisiana Monroe. Dr. Exmeyer received his B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Ball State University, M.P.A. from the University of Southern Indiana, and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University. His research interests include whistleblowing in the public sector, public personnel management, organizational ethics, administrative law, and the characterization of administrators in popular culture and interactive media. 

Dr. Exmeyer has presented research findings and conceptual frameworks at multiple conferences affiliated with the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) at both the regional and national level, including the ASPA Annual Conference, the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SeCOPA), and the Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC). In addition to his research focusing on the role of federal whistleblowing channels and dynamics of at-will employment, Dr. Exmeyer teaches courses in the ULM Masters of Public Administration (MPA) program covering administrative ethics, public personnel management, and policy analysis and program evaluation.