I.S. Department Welcomes New Faculty and Staff


  Jennifer Sciubba comes to the department from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, where she spent the past six years completing her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park, and working on the policy implications of her research, which examines the various security challenges and opportunities posed by trends in the environment, population, disease, and globalization. After spending a short time in intelligence, in 2005 Dr. Sciubba joined the Department of Defense (DoD) as the demographics consultant for the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. As part of her work, Dr. Sciubba briefed senior military and civilian leaders, including the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Office of the Vice President. She left DoD in October 2007 and spent the winter in Rostock, Germany, at the Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research, writing on the political implications of population aging in Europe and Japan.
Dr. Sciubba joined the faculty as part of the new Environmental Studies program (http://www.rhodes.edu/ess). She teaches Global Ecopolitics, Population and National Security, and Intro to International Relations. She is involved in several campus environmental initiatives and hopes to help match students interested in environmental and development issues in Memphis with non-profits and community organizations working on these issues.
Dr. Sciubba lives downtown with her husband, Paul, and her dog and cat.


  Kim Stevenson, a native Memphian, joined the department in November 2008 as the Departmental Assistant. Prior to returning to Rhodes, she worked at Accredo Health Group as Patient Account Representative. If Kim looks familiar, it is possibly because she was the Departmental Assistant for the Biology Department for the 2006-2007 academic year.  In her spare time Kim enjoys traveling, and spending time outdoors with her 5-year old Dachshund, Willow.  She’s also working on her first novel which she hopes to have published within the next year.