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Department ofPolitical Science

Faculty & Staff

Department Chair
  • 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.
    (Interim Chair - Fall 2022)

Department Manager
Faculty
  • 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

  • Adjunct Lecturer

    Sarah Cheikhali teaches International Law and International Relations. Her research interests include international security, international law, geopolitics and geo-economics. Her research at the University of California, Santa Cruz focuses on military and humanitarian-delivery drone infrastructures.

  • Associate Professor

    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 2022)

  • 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.

  • Adjunct 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.

  • Lecturer

    Matt Harrigan teaches courses in U.S. Politics, including Congress, Making Public Policy, Sports & Politics in the U.S., and State & Local Politics. His research interests center on questions about the effects of institutional design on political behavior and policy outcomes, including agenda control and leadership powers in the U.S. Congress. He is also a resource for students seeking fellowships and public sector or non-profit internships.

  • Visiting Scholar

    Senior Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

  • 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.

  • Professor

    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.

  • Adjunct Lecturer

    Hyeon-Young Ro teaches International Relations and Applied Quantitative Methods. Her research focuses on domestic firms’ preferences and regulations on inbound foreign direct investment (FDI). More generally, she studies how domestic special interest groups influence trade and FDI policy making.

  • The Jesuit Legacy Research Scholar and Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 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.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    Fiorella Vera-Adrianzén is a postdoctoral fellow for the Everyday Indicators for Policy Innovation project. She teaches courses in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Applied Research Methods. She specializes in participatory politics, social mobilization, and effectiveness of justice processes in post-conflict contexts, particularly for ethnic minorities in Latin America. Her current research examines victim participation and effects of transitional justice in Peru and Colombia.

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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