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Policy Studies Ph.D. Candidates

Ph.D in
Policy Studies

Ph.D in

Policy Studies

  • Sonya Albury-Crandall

    Sonya Albury-CrandallSonya Albury-Crandall

    Sonya is a Research Scientist within the Architecture + Health Program at Clemson University. She also is a Consultant with Policy Wisdom, an international healthcare consulting company. Prior to moving to South Carolina, Ms. Albury-Crandall was the Executive Director of the Health Council of South Florida. She received her BSW from Taylor University and her MSW from Florida International University. She is currently pursing her PhD in the Policy Studies program with a concentration in Rural and Economic Development and a specialization in health economics. Her interests include health policy, patient safety, health promotion, disease management, and healthcare coverage.

    Permanent Address:  Clemson, South Carolina

    BS in Social Work: Taylor University, 1981
    MA of Social Work: Florida International University, 1983

    Co-Chairs: Dr. C. Mobley and Dr. L. Dickes

  • Elif Can-Sener

    Elif Can-SenerElif Can-Sener

    Citizenship: Turkey

    BA: Galatasaray University, 2006
    MA: Catholic University of Louvain

    Dissertation Chair: Dr. Julia Sharp

  • Fidelis Okonkwo

    Fidelis OkokwoFidelis Okonkwo

    Citizenship: Nigeria

    BA in Economics, Michigan State University, 2010
    MA in Public Policy, Michigan State University, 2013

    Dissertation Chair: Dr. Lori Dickes

    Dissertation Topic:  Essays on Corruption: An Interdisciplinary Approach

  • Cindy Roper

    Cindy RoperCindy Roper

    Cindy's interests lie in the areas of social and environmental justice. Cindy is a Research and Planning Administrator in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson.

    Permanent Address: Travelers Rest, South Carolina

    BA in Psychology and Sociology, Clemson University, 1996
    MS in Applied Sociology, Clemson University, 1998

    Dissertation Chair: Dr. Catherine Mobley

  • Thomas C. Walker, III

    Thomas WalkerThomas C. Walker, III

    Permanent Address: Central, South Carolina

    BA in History, Randolph-Macon College, 2003
    MPA, Seattle University, 2010

    Policy Concentration: Environmental and Natural Resource Policy

    Dissertation Topic: Understanding Federalism and US Fluoridation Policy: The Policy Landscape of US Fluoridation Policy

    Dissertation chair: Dr. Lori Dickes


    SECoPA conference 2015, Charleston, SC

    • Presenter: Stakeholder Engagement in Water Resources Management: Preliminary Results from the Ongoing South Carolina State Surface Water Modeling and Assessment
    • Presenter: Patient Safety and High Reliability Care: A Policy Commentary

    SECoPA conference 2016, Raleigh, NC

    • Evidence for a National Broadband Policy: Evidence from 8 US States
Program Contact

Carolyn Benson
2021 Barre Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634
(864) 656-4463

Program Coordinator

Dr. Bruce Ransom
Professor and Policy Studies Chairman
Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0125
(864) 656-4700