Jonathan Winburn, Ph.D.Jonathan Winburn, Ph.D.

Interim Director and Associate Professor 

Jonathan Winburn is the Interim Director of CERE, Director of the Social Science Research Lab (SSRL), and Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Political Science. He received his B.A. in History and Government from Western Kentucky University and Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University. Dr. Winburn has extensive research experience ranging from program evaluation to economic impact studies. His research expertise is in the areas of research design, survey methodology, and geographic information systems. His academic expertise is in public policy and American politics with specific interests in state politics, legislative politics, and elections.


Contact info: 662-915-3094 or

Joey RutherfordJoey Rutherford, M.A.

Assistant Director

Joey Rutherford is the Assistant Director of the Dr. Maxine Harper Center for Educational Research and Evaluation. He began his career at CERE in 2006 as a research associate before becoming project coordinator. In September of 2013, he was named Project Manager. In 2006, he received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the university’s Management and Administrative Seminars for Human Resources Program (MASH) and the Research Administration and Management Program (RAMP). He recently received his Master’s of Higher Education/Student Personnel degree from the University of Mississippi in Spring of 2015 and is currently working on his doctorate.

Contact info: 662-915-7021 or

Shannon Sharp, Ph.D.

Shannon Sharp is a Visiting Research Assistant Professor at CERE. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Sharp practiced as a School Psychologist for eight years in Georgia before moving to Oxford. She also consults as a Supervising Psychologist for the Psychological Services Center at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Sharp’s areas of expertise include psychoeducational assessment and evaluation, educational intervention, and special education eligibility.

 Contact info: 662-915-7021 or

Camille Lesseig, M.A.

Camille Lesseig is a Research Associate at CERE. She received her B.A. in History and Spanish at the University of Mississippi. She then earned her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction as part of the Mississippi Teacher Corps. Prior to joining CERE, she worked as a high school teacher at Meridian High School. Her areas of expertise include curriculum design, student and teacher evaluation.

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 Graduate Assistants:

Jenna Shephard

Cade Carruth