PhD Students in IS


Dr. Jian Hua Dr. Jian Hua is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management, School of Business and Public Administration, University of the District of Columbia. His papers have been published or accepted at several prestigious academic journals and conferences. He has served as a Session Chair in many conferences and has served as a reviewer for several academic journals. His research has won the Best Interdisciplinary Research Paper in 2009 Decision Science National Conference and the Best Application Research Paper in 2011 Decision Science National Conference. His research interests are cyber terrorism, cybersecurity, and business competitive intelligence. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsored his research, "Risk and Behavior of Cyber Terrorism". In 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sponsored his research, "Civilians' Economic Resilience to Cyber Terrorism". He graduated from Morgan State University with the PhD in Business Administration, specializing in Information Systems in 2009.

Tonjia CoverdaleDr. Tonjia Coverdale earned three degrees in Information Systems - B.S., MBA, and Ph.D. - and along with 18 years as an IT professional including industry experience with IBM, HP, and Accenture, academic experience with 14 years as a University professor, and entrepreneurial e-Commerce experience as the principal of an online apparel.  Dr. Coverdale received her Ph.D. in Information Systems from Morgan State University, becoming the first African-American and woman to receive an Information Systems Ph.D. from any of the 106 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. She is the principal author of the new Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems and Technology degree program at the University of the Virgin Islands. She is an IT executive, professional, entrepreneur, and scholar who has cultivated her unique perspective of the IT field through the combination of academic theories, applied research, industry practices, entrepreneurial insight, and strategic focus. A published author in academic journals and books, her research foci include e-Commerce / e-Government Success with an interest in the impact of the socio-cognitive dimensions of technology users on their interactions with and adoption of online technologies merging the field of Information Systems with Social Psychology, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Media / Communications, and Gender Studies.

Dr. Christine CustisDr. Christine D. Custis is an Assistant Professor at Shenandoah University in the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business where she focuses on how enterprises should use information systems and technology to innovate and achieve organizational goals. Custis' distinguished career includes over 16 years experience with strategy, project management, and enterprise architecture. This has resulted in a plethora of technical publications and awards. She has worked at IBM, BearingPoint, and The MITRE Corporation among others. Custis earned a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Florida A&M, M.S. in Computer Science from Howard University, and a Ph.D in Business Administration from Morgan State University.  She graduated from Morgan State's Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management in 2014. Her advisor was Dr. Jigish Zaveri and her dissertation topic focused on the factors affecting a firm's ability to innovate.

Dr. Andrew Mangle

Andrew Mangle, Ph.D. CISSP, PMP, CISA is supporting the global demand for cybersecurity expertise, training, and auditing. As an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at Bowie State University, MD, Dr. Mangle brings greater perspective to the classroom as he has experience advising the military, public and private industry, and the community on cybersecurity and Block chain issues. As a 2014 graduate of the Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management (SBM) Information Science and Systems, Dr. Mangle's dissertation focused on cybersecurity with an emphasis on authentication mechanisms. Dr. Patel served as his advisor and guided his research, and he was additionally supported by Dr. Bapna and Dr. Zu. Before attending Morgan State University, Dr. Mangle was an IT Supervisor with Maryland Auto Insurance. Dr. Mangle continues to provide cybersecurity consulting services and he has earned the PMP, CISSP, CSSLP, and CISA certifications. In his spare time, when not traveling with his wife and twin girls, you will find him in his apiary or preparing for his next triathlon.