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Department ofPolitical Science

Faculty & Staff

Department Chair

  • Greg Corning

    Associate Professor

    Greg Corning teaches international relations and comparative politics. His current research explores the politics of trade and investment agreements in East Asia.

Administrative Assistant

Faculty

  • Anne Baker

    Assistant Professor

    Anne Baker teaches courses in U.S. politics with an emphasis on political institutions and is the Director of the Program in Public Sector Studies. Her research focuses upon money in politics, particularly its impact on congressional elections and representation as well as the operations and strategies of political parties and interest groups

  • Elsa Chen

    Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Professor

    Elsa Chen teaches American politics, public policy, and research methods. Her research focuses on criminal justice sentencing policy, including racial and ethnic disparities in sentencing outcomes and the effects of mandatory minimum sentencing policies, the implementation of sentencing reform, criminal record expungement, and prisoner reentry.

  • Jane Curry

    Professor

    Jane Curry has been teaching comparative politics with a special emphasis on democratization, media and ethnic politics, and former communist countries. She has published 10 books in her field. Currently, she is working on the role of religion in the democratic transitions in 1989 and on the Electoral Revolution in Ukraine and Georgia. She was awarded the Faculty Senate Professor award in 2012 and has been Faculty Senate president and the head of the University Coordinating Committee.

  • Kenneth Faulve-Montojo

    Lecturer

    Kenneth Faulve-Montojo primarily teaches political economy in comparative politics and international relations. His current research project focuses on the role of institutions in monetary politics in Southeast Asia.

  • Dennis Gordon

    Professor

    Dennis R. Gordon teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics (Caribbean and Latin America) and environmental politics. His past scholarship includes a co-authored text book on U.S. politics and articles on conflict resolution, sustainable development, International Relations Theory, and international education. He is the Co-Director of the Center for the Arts and Humanities for the College of Arts and Sciences and is the Faculty Director for the Modern Perspectives Residential Learning Community in Dunne Hall.

  • Matthew Harrigan

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Matt Harrigan teaches courses in U.S. Politics, including Congress and the Presidency. His research focuses primarily on the U.S. Congress, namely the legislative behavior of its leadership and rank-and-file members and its intersections with other aspects of American politics.

  • Colton Heffington

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Colton Heffington teaches courses on international relations and international law. His current research interests center on civil war, terrorism, sanctions, human rights, and international conflict.

  • Matt Lesenyie

    Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow

    Matt Lesenyie teaches courses in California Politics, Political Communication, and Racial Politics. He specializes in political advertising, with a focus on campaign finance reform. Lesenyie is currently conducting experiments that measure voters’ reactions to political advertisements.

  • Naomi Levy

    Associate Professor

    Naomi Levy teaches courses in Applied Quantitative Methods, Comparative Politics, and Political Psychology. She specializes in identity politics, with a focus on post-conflict societies. Professor Levy is currently engaged in a research project funded by the Minerva Initiative that examines public service provision as peacebuilding in Cambodia, Laos and Uganda. In prior work, she investigated public education and peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  • Timothy J. Lukes

    Professor

    Timothy J. Lukes teaches political philosophy, American political behavior, and research methods. His research interests include the Italian Renaissance, American political culture, and contemporary political thought.

  • Thomas Meredith

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Thomas Meredith received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto in 2019. His research focuses on modern and late modern political philosophy with a special emphasis on the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche.

  • Peter Minowitz

    Professor

    Peter Minowitz teaches political philosophy and helps run the Political Science Honors Program.

  • Diana Morlang

    Senior Lecturer

    Diana Morlang teaches comparative politics with an emphasis on Europe and women in politics. She also is a university advisor in the Drahmann Center for Academic Advising and Learning Resources.

  • Victor Olivieri

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Victor Olivieri teaches courses on International Relations and Comparative Politics. His primary research focuses on identity politics from a pluralist methodological approach ranging from physiological experiments to ethnographic methods.

  • Terri Peretti

    Professor

    Terri Peretti teaches constitutional law, judicial politics, and U.S. Politics. Her current research focuses on judicial decision making in the election law and voting rights field. She received the College's David E. Logothetti award for teaching excellence in 2005.

  • Kate Petrich

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Katharine Petrich holds a PhD in Political Science from Northeastern University, specializing in International Relations. Her research is primarily focused on insurgency, terrorism, and transnational crime in Northern Latin America, the Horn of Africa, and South Asia.

  • Farid Senzai

    Associate Professor

    Farid Senzai teaches Politics of the Middle East. He also teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations and comparative politics, with an emphasis on the Middle East. His current research explores U.S. democracy promotion in the Middle East, U.S. relations with the Muslim world and a national study of Muslims in America.

  • William Stover

    Professor

    William Stover's research interests include international relations and international law. He has earned an international reputation for global on line conflict resolution simulations involving the Middle East and other regions.

  • Ryan Tans

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Ryan Tans teaches courses on comparative politics and research methods. His research focuses on the effects of decentralization on taxation, infrastructure provision, and democratic participation across cities in Southeast Asia.

  • Elizabeth Tejada

    Adjunct Lecturer

    Elizabeth Tejada specializes in representing communities and families in need. She has practiced as trial and appellate counsel in various areas of civil litigation.

Emeriti Faculty

Janet A. Flammang

Professor of Political Science, Emerita

B.A., 1970, M.A., 1973, C. Phil., 1976, University of California, Los Angeles.

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