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Policy Studies Ph.D. Candidates

Ph.D in
Policy Studies

Ph.D in

Policy Studies

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-SenerElif Can-Sener

Citizenship: Turkey

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

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Julia Sharp

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 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 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