New Faculty Members

Center for Archaeological Research

Katherine (“Kitty”) Roberts (Ph.D., Washington University 2006) was recently hired as a Research Archaeologist at the Center for Archaeological Research. She specializes in paleoethnobotany, particularly of the Lower Mississippi Valley and the midwestern United States. Her theoretical interests include optimal foraging theory and prehistoric plant domestication/use.


Gail Emrie (M.S., Resource Planning, Missouri State University 1986) was hired in early 2007 to replace Ms. Lisa Haney as Laboratory Supervisor at the Center for Archaeological Research. Gail has interests in collections management, regional historic archaeology, and historic architecture.


Defense and Strategic Studies Department

DSS LOGODr. Robert G. Joseph served most recently as the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. From 2001 until 2004, Dr. Joseph served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Proliferation Strategy, Counterproliferation, and Homeland Defense at the National Security Council. From 1992 until 2001, Dr. Joseph was Professor of National Security Studies and Director/Founder of the Center for Counterproliferation Research at the National Defense University. Prior to that, he was U.S. Commissioner to the Standing Consultative Commission and Ambassador to the U.S.-Russian Consultative Commission on Nuclear Testing, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Dr. Joseph received his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University.

History Department


Dr. Akiko Sugiyama is Assistant Professor of History at Missouri State University. She received her Ph.D from the University of Hawaii in 2007. She specializes in social, cultural and intellectual history of Southeast Asia, history of the family, and comparative history of colonialism and nationalism. Countries of her primary research interests are Indonesia (Java), Burma and Thailand. She is currently revising her book for publication entitled "Making the Family Modern, Making Java Indonesia: Ideas about the Family, Colonialism and Nationalism in Javanese Society, 1900-1945."

Philosophy Department


Matt Goodwin joins MSU this fall. Matt received a B.A. from Ohio University, an M.A. from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At U.S.C. Matt worked primarily in German Idealism, Hermeneutics and recent French philosophy. He wrote an M.A. thesis on Immanuel Kant’s concept of the sublime and its interpretation in recent French philosophy. At S.I.U.C. Matt focused on phenomenology and 20th century French philosophy and he also became acquainted with American Pragmatism. His dissertation advances Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology as an aesthetic method that uses artists to develop philosophical themes. Matt’s current research focuses on developing the aesthetic phenomenological method, promoting a philosophical dialogue between artists and scientists, and investigating issues in perception and creativity.


Andy Johnson has also just joined the Philosophy Department. He will be teaching Ethics and Contemporary Issues, Business Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion. Andy earned his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Initially an engineering major at Notre Dame, he got hooked on philosophy his first semester by an Introduction to Philosophy course. By the end of the semester, he had declared philosophy his major and expected to have answers to life’s fundamental questions by the time he graduated. Instead, he discovered that more inquiry raises still more questions, but learned to value the wisdom that comes with knowing how much one doesn't know. Andy’s graduate studies concentrated on ethics and modern philosophy. His dissertation, written under the supervision of Kantian ethicist Thomas Hill, Jr., critically examined Kant’s Categorical Imperative. Between completing his graduate studies and coming to MSU, Andy lived and worked in Germany for four years and taught philosophy for two years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Andy's current research interests focus on issues in Kant's moral philosophy, applied ethics, and the philosophy of religion.

Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology Department


Patrick R. Gartin received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 1992. Dr. Gartin joined the faculty of Missouri State University in 2007, and currently holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology. His research interests lie in criminal justice policy and program evaluation, primarily in the areas of law enforcement and drug abuse. Prior to his academic appointment at Missouri State University, Dr. Gartin held faculty positions at the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He has also served as a sworn Reserve Deputy Sheriff, and most recently held a senior-level position in the U.S. Department of Justice as the Chief of Statistical Services with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.


Mike Stout is an assistant professor of Sociology. He completed his B.A. in sociology from Temple University in 2000, his M.A. in sociology from Penn State University in 2003, and will have his PhD in sociology from Penn State in December of 2007. He joined Missouri State’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology in the Fall of 2007. Mike’s research interests are in the area of stratification and civic engagement. His doctoral dissertation examined social trust and how it facilitates social action, the diffusion of civic resources through social networks, and the effectiveness of community organizations in facilitating political participation. Working in collaboration with Constance Flanagan and Les Gallay at Penn State on the Social Responsibility and Prevention Project (funded by the National Institute of Health), Mike has conducted research on the developmental foundations of social trust, the prevention of school violence, adolescent health beliefs, and the transmission of social capital from parents to their children.


Brett Garland is a native of Indiana and received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2007. His research interests are in the areas of Correctional Management and Staff, Offender Rehabilitation and Reentry, Gangs, Hate Crime, and Terrorism. Brett recently completed a study of job satisfaction and organizational commitment among educators, caseworkers, psychological staff, and medical personnel in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He has also studied the burnout of mental health staff in adult prisons and assisted with an evaluation of the Nebraska Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative. Brett’s publications can be found in The Prison Journal, the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Corrections Today, and Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management (forthcoming). He is currently refining a co-authored theory of civil litigation and white supremacist violence (under review in Theoretical Criminology) and exploring research opportunities with the Missouri Department of Corrections.


Paula Rector received her graduate degree from Northern Arizona University in 2002. She was also an Instructor at Northern Arizona University where she taught Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminology Theory, and Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice. She also has experience teaching courses in Race and Ethnicity and Domestic Violence. Paula also worked with domestic violence survivors at a transitional housing facility in Flagstaff, Arizona. Paula’s research interests include feminist criminology, race, class and gender inequality, and the criminal justice response to pregnant drug users. She has published a chapter in “Vulnerable Populations” and is currently working on two chapters for a book entitled “Investigating Difference: Human and Cultural Relations in Criminal Justice.”

BrownMs. Yarckow-Brown received a M.S. in Criminal Justice, with an emphasis in violence, sex crimes and restorative justice, from the University of North Texas in 2003. Since that time she has completed additional graduate courses in the field of leadership and public administration and has attained numerous credits towards a Ph.D. in Criminology. In 2005, she became an honorary member of Alpha Phi Sigma. Ms. Yarckow-Brown has had two recent publications. She authored an Instructor’s Manual to accompany the text Criminal Justice in Action, with a publication date of 2007. “Restorative Justice with Serious Offenders,” as an essay, along with several other components, were included within the textbook Restorative Justice in the United States, with a publication date of 2008.