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Political Science and Public Affairs Faculty

Our committed and highly respected faculty are dedicated to modeling how to research practical solutions for existing challenges. Professionally active and representing a diverse and broad range of interests and backgrounds, our faculty are determined to provide you with a world-class education that will prepare you to compete and find success in the fields of political science and public administration … anywhere!

Leading locally, within the Western community and across the region, our faculty members are committed to your education. Leaders in their disciplines, they are widely respected for their research and dedication to their fields.

Their real-world knowledge translates into the classroom by providing you with a depth of academic experience and practical understanding that will prepare you to excel in today’s world of politics and public administration.

Name Role
Full Time Faculty and Staff
Chris Cooper Ph.D.; Department Head; Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor; American Politics, Public Administration, Research Methods
Ingrid Bego Ph.D.; International Studies Director; Associate Professor; Comparative Politics, International Politics
Bob Boylan MPM; Director of Local Government Training Program (LGTP)
Todd Collins Ph.D.; Public Policy Institute Director, Steed Distinguished Professor; Public Law, Judicial Politics
Stephanie Curtis Administrative Support Associate
Charles Fagan Ph.D.; Instructor, International Relations, Comparative Politics
Andrew Grandage Ph.D.; Assistant Professor
Jake Greear Ph.D.; Instructor; Political Theory, American Politics, Environmental Politics; Global Issues
Jessica Hayden Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; American Politics, Congress, Presidency
Michael McDonald Ph.D.; Instructor; International Relations, Comparative Politics
Niall Michelsen  Ph.D.; Associate Professor; International Relations 
Heather Rimes Ph.D.; MPA Director; Assistant Professor; Public Administration, Public Policy
Jennifer Schiff Ph.D.; Director of Liberal Studies Assessment; Associate Professor; International Relations, Comparative Politics
JoBeth Shafran Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; Public Policy, Public Administration, American Politics
Part-Time Faculty
Andy Coburn M.E.M.;  (MPA), Environmental Policy
John Connet MPA;  (MPA), Public Administration
Paul Dezendorf Ph.D.; (MPA), Public Administration
Ashley Fay MPA; Public Personnel Management
Clay Fuller Ph.D.; International Relations, Comparative Politics
Brian Hardt PhD.; International Relations, Formal Theory
Laura Jeffords MPA; (MPA); Nonprofit Management and Leadership
Hayden Smith PhD; International Relations, Political Psychology
Emeritus Professors 
Don Livingston Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus; American Government
Gordon Mercer Ph.D.; Professor Emeritus; Public Administration


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