People

  1. Faculty
  2. Staff
  3. Graduate Students
  4. Affiliated Faculty

Faculty

Donna Bahry

  • Professor
(814) 865-1890
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization
  • Communist and Post-Communist Politics
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior

Lee Ann Banaszak

  • Head of Department of Political Science and Professor
  • Affiliated with: Dual Degree PhD in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
(814) 863-1449
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Social Movements and Protest
  • Western Europe, especially German speaking countries
  • Gender and Politics

Christopher Beem

  • Professor & Managing Director, McCourtney Institute
(814) 863-7630

D. Scott Bennett

  • Associate Dean for Research,Distinguished Research Professor
(814) 865-6566- Pond, (814) 865-1439
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
  • Methodology

Michael Berkman

  • Professor and Director, McCourtney Institute for Democracy
(814) 863-6120
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • State Politics
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior

Xun Cao

  • Associate Professor
(814) 865-8749
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Elizabeth Carlson

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science and African Studies
(814) 863-8812
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics

Gretchen Casper

  • Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies
(814) 865-8748
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization

John Christman

  • Professor of Philosophy, Political Science and Women's Studies
(814) 865-1135

Betul Demirkaya

  • Lecturer (Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow)
(814) 863-1594
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology
  • Formal Theory
  • Representation
  • Institutions

Bruce Desmarais

  • Associate Professor
(814) 863-8859
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology

Amir Fairdosi

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science
(814) 863-1592
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Congress

Matt Golder

  • Professor and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
(814) 867-4323
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology

Sona N. Golder

  • Professor
(814) 867-4322
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology

Allison Harris

  • Assistant Professor
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology

Pete Hatemi

  • Distinguished Professor
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • International Relations
  • Methodology

Erin Heidt-Forsythe

  • Assistant Professor
  • Departments of Women's Studies and Political Science
(814) 865-1209
Areas of Interest:
  • Gender and Politics

Errol Henderson

  • Associate Professor
(814) 865-4409
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Marie Hojnacki

  • Associate Professor and Associate Department Head
(814) 865-1912
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Representation
  • Interest Groups

Zaryab Iqbal

  • Associate Professor
(814) 865-1510
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
  • Political Violence
  • Human Security
  • State Failure

Douglas Lemke

  • Associate Professor
(814) 863-0816
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Amy Linch

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
(814) 863-0743

Suzanna Linn

  • Professor
(814) 863-9402
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology

David Lowery

  • Bruce R. Miller and Dean Lavigne Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Public Policy Initiative.
(814) 863-0577
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics

Mark Major

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science
(814) 867-7322
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics

Roseanne McManus

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-4476
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Burt L. Monroe

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science, Social Data Analytics, and Information Sciences
  • Director, Program in Social Data Analytics (SoDA)
  • Director, Big Data Social Science IGERT (BDSS)
  • Director, Quantitative Social Science Initiative (QuaSSI)
(814) 865-9215
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology

Bumba Mukherjee

  • Professor
(814) 865-6575
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
  • Methodology

Michael J. Nelson

  • Jeffrey L. Hyde and Sharon D. Hyde and Political Science Board of Visitors Early Career Professor in Political Science
  • Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Affiliate Law Faculty
  • Placement Director
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • State Politics

Adam Nye

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science
(814) 863-1594
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics

Robert Packer

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science
(814) 863-9403
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Glenn Palmer

  • Liberal Arts Professor and Graduate Director
(814) 865-5594
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

James Piazza

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science
(814) 867-4429
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Eric Plutzer

  • Professor
(814) 865-6576
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Gender and Politics

Andrew Vitek

  • Lecturer & Director, Counterterrorism Option
(814) 865-5001
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization
  • Civil Military Relations
  • Political Violence

Susan Welch

  • Dean, College of the Liberal Arts
  • Professor
(814) 865-7691
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics

Joseph Wright

  • Associate Professor
(814) 865-3205
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics

    Dictatorships
    Comparative Political Economy
    Government Oppression
    Civil Military Relations 

  • Dictatorships
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Government Repression
  • Civil Military Relations

Vineeta Yadav

  • Associate Professor
(814) 867-3715
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics

Boliang Zhu

  • Assistant Professor
(814) 865-6901
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Christopher Zorn

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science and Sociology
(814) 863-9446
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology

Staff

Kristy Boob

  • Graduate Staff Coordinator
(814) 863-1595

Stacy Fox

  • Administrative Support Assistant
(814) 863-8346

Aimée Grugan

  • Administrative Support Department Head Assistant
(814) 863-1449

Allison Haas

  • World Campus Administrative Assistant
(814) 863-8110

Angela Hill

  • Undergraduate Staff Coordinator
(814) 865-4597

Michelle Ilgen

  • Administrative Coordinator
(814) 865-4598

Kristie Kalvin

  • Academic Advisor
(814) 865-5588

Greg Nolan

  • Academic Advisor
(814) 867-1988

Mia Parise

  • Academic Advisor
(814) 865-4597

David Randolph

  • Administrative Assistant for the McCourtney Institute for Democracy
(814) 865-0100

Graduate Students

Mitchell Goist

(814) 865-1911

Minnie Minhyung Joo

(814) 865-1911

Chuyu Liu

(814) 865-1911

Ryan Mcmahon

(814) 865-6230

Wonjun Song

  • PhD Candidate

Aubrey Waddick, PhD Candidate

  • PhD Candidate, Graduate Fellow

Mikaela Westhoff

  • MID 5 Forewoman and Graduate Methods Preceptor

Affiliated Faculty

Mark Anner

  • Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and Political Science.
(814) 865-0745

Scott Gartner

  • Professor of International Affairs
(814) 867-2789

John Gastil

  • Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Political Science

John McCarthy

  • Distinguished Professor of Sociology
(814) 863-8260

Kidane Mengisteab

  • Professor of African Studies and Political Science
(814) 863-5815

David Myers

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics