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The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) has faculty members who can offer perspectives on a variety of topics. Members of the media should contact Mike Emery, Director of Communications, to coordinate interviews with these professors at or 713-221-5806 (office) / 281-794-4824 (mobile).

The professors listed below are just some of the f​​aculty members available to speak with the media.

Faculty members who are interested in being listed on this page should contact Mike Emery with a short list of topics that can be addressed; information on classes taught; academic or professional awards; and recent publications.

Criminal Justice

Dr. Kevin Buckler, associate professor of criminal justice, can address criminal court cases, criminal justice agency policy, legislative policy on crime and justice, public opinion on crime and justice issues and criminal procedure and evidence related issues. Dr. Buckler teaches courses in criminal court systems, criminal court systems, criminal justice statistics, famous American crimes and trials, correctional programming and landmark Supreme Court criminal justice decisions. He's contributed articles to journals, such as Journal of Crime and Justice and Journal of Criminal Justice.

Dr. Michael Cavanaugh, assistant professor of criminal justice, can address topics, such as gun control; Campus Carry; death penalty; drug use/abuse; and juvenile delinquency. He has contributed to articles, such as the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, and the American Journal of Public Health among others.

Dr. Krista Gehring, associate professor of criminal justice, can discuss issues related in incarceration; women offenders; gender-responsive policies; criminological theory; correctional rehabilitation and other topics. Dr. Gehring is the author of CrimComics, a graphic novel textbook used in her criminology classes.

Dr. Jace Valcore, assistant professor of criminal justice, can address criminal and social justice policies related to LGTBQ issues and queer criminology, hate crime laws, and LGBT police officers. Dr. Valcore has contributed articles to publications, such as Women & Criminal Justice and an International Journal of Police Strategies and Management.

Politics / History

Dr. David Branham, professor of political science, can discuss local, state and national politics. He is chair of the Social Sciences Department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. He teaches courses in American government; public administration; public policy; research methods; public opinion; education policy; and the presidency.

Dr. Anita Chadha, associate professor of political science, can discuss state and national politics, electoral reform and issues on civic engagement. She teaches courses focused on American government; public administration; public policy; participating and democracy in American politics; urban politics; the U.S. Government; and Texas Government. Dr. Chadha has conducted research on civic engagement among students across geographic regions and on electoral reform.

Dr. Jonathan Chism, assistant professor of history, can address African American History, the Civil Rights Movement, the Transatlantic slave trade, African American religious history from the antebellum period to the present, hip-hop culture and black power.

Dr. Peter Li, associate professor of political science, can address topics related to China; North Korea; Asian politics; and animal welfare. He teaches courses focused on the U.S. government, East Asian politics and the international political economy.

Dr. John Linatud, associate professor of political science, can address international dictatorships, U.S.-Asia relations and national politics. He teaches courses focused on the U.S. government, world politics and dictatorships.

Dr. Gene Preuss, associate professor of history, can discuss U.S. history, Texas history; education; and Mexican American history and politics. He is the co-author of “A Kineño’s Journey: On Family, Learning and Public Service” (the autobiography of former Secretary of Education Lauro Cavazos). Dr. Preuss also has authored numerous journal articles and texts focused on American history.

Psychology / Social Sciences

Dr. Kristin Anderson, professor of psychology, can address issues related to racial and gender discrimination, including policing, gun violence, sexual harassment and assault. Dr. Anderson is a fellow at UHD’s Center for Critical Race Studies and author of the book “Modern Misogyny: Antifeminism in a Post-Feminist Era” and “Benign Bigotry: The Psychology of Subtle Prejudice.”

Mike Duncan, associate professor of English, can be consulted on matters related to writing, argumentation, logic, style, and rhetoric in public and political arenas (particularly presidential rhetoric) as well as business communication, ethics, and usability. He is also knowledgeable about the history of the New Testament and early Christianity. He has published in all these areas in journals such as College English, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Philosophy & Rhetoric, Informal Logic, Rhetorica, and Technical Communication, as well as co-editing a collection on style and composition.

Dr. Felicia Harris, assistant professor of communication, can discuss issues related to mass media, social media, technology, health, and higher education. As a fellow with UHD’s Center for Critical Race Studies, Harris explores the intersections of her focus areas with race, gender, power and privilege. Harris has contributed articles to the popular press, including HuffPost, and is published in academic news outlets and journals, such as Chronicle Vitae, The Black Scholar, and FIRE!!! The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies.

Dr. Elizabeth Hatfield, assistant professor of communication, can address topics related to family, gender and culture in mass media. In particular, she considers how mediated parenting messages impact the lived experience of parents, including issues such as work/life balance and gender roles. Her dissertation addressed how celebrity media shapes the experience of pregnancy and parenthood for audience members including issues of identity, body image, and social comparison.

Dr. Susan Henney, professor of psychology, can address topics related to parenting, volunteerism, adoption, and foster care. Dr. Henney teaches courses in adolescent psychology, abnormal psychology, child and adolescent development, and theories of personality. She has co-authored articles in publications, such as the Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Family Psychology, and Families in Society.

Dr. Logan Lucas, assistant professor of communication, can discuss topics related to social media; media studies; international communication policy; and telecommunication. He has contributed chapters to books such as “Piracy: Leakages from Modernity” and “International Companion to Media Studies.”

Dr. Dawn McCarty, associate professor of social work, can discuss topics related to homeless populations, immigrant populations and immigration policies. She regularly contributes her time and energies at Casa Juan Diego and contributes articles to the Houston Catholic Worker Newspaper.

Dr. Creshema Murray, assistant professor of corporate communication, can discuss issues related to sexual harassment, leadership, mentorship among women of color, and workplace issues related to organizational training issues in diversity and workplace culture. Dr. Murray has contributed articles to the Journal of Hip Hop Studies, Women's Studies in Communication, and recently edited the book “Leadership Through the Lens: Interrogating Production, Presentation, and Power.”

Dr. Erlanger Turner, assistant professor of psychology, can address topics, including race and racism; mental health; parenting; child psychology; and movements, such as #TakeAKnee and Black Lives Matter. Turner has contributed to articles in popular press, including O, The Oprah Magazine and is published in journals, such as Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Community Mental Health Journal, and Psychological Services.

Dr. Adam Ellwanger​, professor of English, can address media studies, rhetorical theory and history, political philosophy, and mass communication. His recent book, Metanoia: Rhetoric, Authenticity, and the Transformation of the Self focuses on the ways that individuals use language and rhetoric to convince public audiences of the authenticity of personal transformations of identity. Ellwanger frequently writes political commentary for many publications, including Quillette, The American Conservative, Human Events, The Federalist, New Discourses, The American Spectator, American Greatness, Minding the Campus, and more. He is a member of Heterodox Academy — a non-profit advocacy group of academics working to counteract what they see as a lack of viewpoint diversity on college campuses, especially political diversity.


Dr. Kevin Barksdale, professor, can address topics such as organizational learning, leadership, compensation, employee commitment and management education.

Dr. Charles Gengler, dean of the Marilyn Davies College of Business, can address topics related to marketing, branding, mass communication, social media, advertising and strategic communication.

Dr. Whitney Botsford Morgan, assistant professor of management, can address work-life balance; the impact of gender and family status in the workplace; workplace behaviors; diversity and inclusion; leadership; and performance management.

Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld, assistant professor in the Marilyn Davies College of Business, can address topics related to land development (particularly as they relate to regulations and agencies), disaster and emergency management, immigration law and policy.

Priscilla Oehlert, director of UHD’s Insurance and Risk Management, can address topics related to insurance (health, auto, flood, life, etc).

Kurt Stanberry​, J.D., PLM Endowed Professor in the Marilyn Davies College of Business (2010-2020), has been a licensed attorney since 1977. He can address topics pertaining to legal issues, including business law, government regulation and ethics, international law and energy/environmental law. He has co-authored two textbooks, Business Ethics (2018) and Business Entrepreneurship (2020).

Dr. Candace TenBrink, assistant professor of management, can address organizational turnarounds and corporate strategy including integrating academic concepts with business needs via her experiential learning and service-learning projects. These projects, sponsored by external organizations, offer students the ability to amplify their strategy skills while providing actionable output for our sponsoring partners. As a Fulbright Scholar she also can address the need for global awareness and understanding as a foundation for social and economic growth.

Sciences & Technology

Dr. Lisa Morano, professor of biology and microbiology, can address topics related to environmental microbiology, the bacterial inhabitants of plants (both beneficial and plant pathogens) and the principles of and practices of sustainable agriculture. She teaches a range of courses including Environmental Biology, Environmental Microbiology, Fundamentals of Sustainability and Seminar in Sustainability.  She is also the director of the UHD Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainability and is passionate about connecting students and community members in addressing issues of climate change, biodiversity loss and feeding a growing population through the creation of stable and sustainable social and economic systems.

Dr. Akif Uzman, professor of biology and biochemistry, has expertise primarily in developmental biology with additional expertise in biochemistry, embryology, genetics, genomics, and molecular biology, and their applications in human health and environmental issues.  He is also part of a nationwide effort study and impact departmental level change in undergraduate science education. Dr. Uzman also is Dean of the College of Sciences & Technology.

Dr. Mary Jo Parker is Executive Director of the Scholars Academy and lecturer in the Natural Sciences department. Her expertise includes online learning, science curriculum development, supervision and leadership at K-12 and higher education, K-16 outreach and STEM recruitment, and closing the achievement gap for minority STEM students. Dr. Parker has incorporated service learning into the University Seminar (Transfers) course and piloted service learning in her online non-majors biology course. Her research focuses primarily upon understanding mentoring on underrepresented STEM undergraduates, effective, best practices in supporting undergraduate research, building connections to advanced graduate and professional programs of study, and effective learning in online environments.

Last updated 10/13/2020 8:44 AM