Faculty Bios

headshot of Dr.  Sandra J. Peart

Dean and E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies and President, Jepson Scholars Foundation


Specialties:
  • Ethics and Economics
  • Leadership Ethics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • History of Political Economy
  • Experimental Economics
Contact:
(804) 287-6086
headshot of Dr.  Crystal L. Hoyt

Professor of Leadership Studies and Psychology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Colonel Leo K. & Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership


Specialties:
  • Women and Minority Leaders
  • Stereotypes and Discrimination
  • Complex Social Issues
Contact:
(804) 287-6825
headshot of Dr.  Kerstin M.  Soderlund

Associate Dean for Student & External Affairs


Specialties:
  • Community-based Learning
  • Diversity and Difference
Contact:
(804) 287-6082
headshot of Dr.  Kristin M. S. Bezio

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Leadership in Literature & Film
  • Leadership in Performance
  • Cultural & Political History (Early Modern England)
  • New Media and Gaming
Contact:
(804) 287-6045
headshot of  Volha (Olga) Chykina

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Educational Inequalities
  • Education of Immigrant and Minority Children
  • Education Policy
  • Comparative and International Education
Contact:
(804) 287-6335
headshot of Dr.  Joanne  B. Ciulla

Professor Emerita


Specialties:
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Business Ethics
  • International Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy of Work
Contact:
headshot of Dr. Marilie  Coetsee

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Ethics
  • Political philosophy
  • Ethics and religion
  • Moral psychology
Contact:
(804) 287-6451
headshot of Dr.  Jessica  Flanigan

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law, Richard L. Morrill Chair in Ethics & Democratic Values


Specialties:
  • Ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Political Philosophy
Contact:
(804) 287-6353
headshot of Dr.  Donelson  R. Forsyth

Professor, Colonel Leo K. & Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership


Specialties:
  • Group Dynamics
  • Social Behavior
  • Psychology of Morality
Contact:
(804) 289-8461
headshot of Dr.  George  R. Goethals

Professor, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Presidential Leadership
  • Peer Interaction and Performance
  • Heroes
Contact:
(804) 287-6354
headshot of Dr. Haley  Harwell

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Experimental Economics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Altruism and Charitable Giving
  • Public Good Provision
  • Public Economics
Contact:
(804) 289-8008
headshot of Dr.  Julian Maxwell Hayter

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Modern African American History
  • American Civil Rights Movement
  • African American Politics in Richmond, Virginia
  • American Political Development after 1945
Contact:
(804) 287-6097
headshot of  Lauren  N.  Henley

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • African American History
  • Ethics of Crime
  • History of Serial Killers
Contact:
(804) 287-6891
headshot of Dr.  Gill  Robinson Hickman

Professor Emerita


Specialties:
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Leading Change
  • Invisible Leadership
  • Leadership during Personal Crisis
Contact:
headshot of Dr.  Javier  Hidalgo

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Immigration
  • Citizenship
  • Global Leadership
Contact:
(804) 287-6365
headshot of Dr.  Peter Iver Kaufman

Professor, George Matthews & Virginia Brinkley Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Social Justice and Immigration Policy
  • Modern and Postmodern Political Theory
  • Political Culture (Late Antiquity through Early Modern Period)
Contact:
(804) 289-8003
headshot of Dr.  Gary L. McDowell

Professor Emeritus


Specialties:
  • American Political Thought
  • Constitutional History
  • Cultural Leadership
  • Statesmanship
  • The Supreme Court
Contact:
headshot of Dr.  Terry  L. Price

Professor, Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics


Specialties:
  • Leadership Ethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • Responsibility
  • Followership
  • Social, Political, and Legal Theory
Contact:
(804) 287-6088
headshot of Dr.  Christopher R.  von Rueden

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Status Hierarchy
  • Leader Emergence in Task Groups
  • Evolution of Cooperation and Morality
  • Social Gradient of Health
  • Small-scale Societies
  • Origins of Personality Differences
Contact:
(804) 287-6098
headshot of Dr. David  E.  Wilkins

Professor, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies


Specialties:
  • Comparative Indigenous Politics and Governance
  • Native Sovereignty and Diplomacy
  • Federal Indian Policy and Law
  • Native Nations/State Relations
Contact:
(804) 287-6494
headshot of Dr.  Thad  Williamson

Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law


Specialties:
  • Urban Politics and Sprawl
  • Community Economic Development
  • City of Richmond Politics
  • Sports, Justice, and Ethics
Contact:
(804) 287-6542
headshot of Dr.  J. Thomas Wren

Professor Emeritus


Specialties:
  • Intellectual History of Leadership
  • Leadership in Historical Contexts
  • Leadership and the Law
  • Leadership Education
Contact:

Affiliated Faculty

headshot of Rev. Dr. Craig  Kocher

University Chaplain

Jessie Ball duPont Chair of the Chaplaincy

Contact:
(804) 289-8500
headshot of  Tom J. Shields

Associate Dean, Academic & Student Affairs

Associate Professor, Education

Program Chair, Graduate Education

Associate Professor, Leadership Studies

School Liaison, AFAC

Member, SPCS Speakers Bureau

Adjunct Instructor, Executive Education


Specialties:
  • Educational Leadership
  • School & Housing Segregation
  • Changing Demographics in RVA
  • Ethics & Leadership
Contact:
(804) 289-8524

Adjuncts and Visiting Lecturers

headshot of  Sam  Director

Adjunct Instructor

Contact:
(971)-340-5336
headshot of Dr.  Kenneth  P. Ruscio

Senior Distinguished Lecturer

Contact:
(804) 287-6694

Visiting Scholars and Visiting Research Fellows

headshot of Dr.  Rana   Dajani

Zuzana Simoniova Cmelikova Visiting Scholar

Contact:
(804) 287-6083