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Department ofPolitical Science

Faculty & Staff

Department Chair
  • Associate Professor and Department Chair

    Greg Corning teaches international relations and comparative politics. His current research explores the politics of trade and investment agreements in East Asia.
    (On sabbatical Fall 2021)

  • Professor and Acting Department Chair

    Terri Peretti teaches constitutional law, judicial politics, and U.S. Politics. Her current research focuses on the role of partisanship in judicial decision making in the field of election law and voting rights.

Department Manager
  • Associate 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lecturer

    Ken Dombroski teaches courses in international relations and national security studies. He is the author of a book on peacekeeping in the Middle East, as well as several articles and book chapters on civil-military relations.

  • Senior 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

    Narine Kerelian received her Ph.D. in social sciences from the University of Hong Kong in 2018. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the politics of (im)migration and social policy, with an emphasis on Asia, and more recently on the U.S. and Canada.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Professor

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

  • 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.

  • Assistant Professor

    Eric Mosinger teaches courses on comparative politics, Latin American politics, and research methods. His research focuses on civil war, revolutionary organizations, nonviolent civil resistance, and post-conflict legacies of violence in Latin America.

  • 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.

  • 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.