People

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

Faculty

Donna Bahry

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

Lee Ann Banaszak-currently on sabbatical

  • Head, Department of Political Science and
  • Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
(814) 863-1449
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Participation, Voting, and Public Opinion
  • Social Movements and Protest
  • Western Europe, especially German speaking countries
  • Gender and Politics

Christopher Beem

  • Assistant Research Professor and
  • Managing Director, McCourtney Institute for Democracy
(814) 863-7630

D. Scott Bennett

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

Michael Berkman

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

Ray Block

  • Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
(814) 863-7660
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Participation, Voting, and Public Opinion
  • Gender and Politics
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Xun Cao

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
(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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
(814) 865-4190

Bruce Desmarais

  • Associate Professor of Political Science and
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Social Data Analytics
  • William and Monica DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science
(814) 863-8859
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology

Matt Golder

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

Sona N. Golder

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

Pete Hatemi

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

Erin Heidt-Forsythe

  • Sherwin Early Career Professor, Associate Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies, and Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute
(814) 865-1209
Areas of Interest:
  • Participation, Voting, and Public Opinion
  • Social Movements and Protest
  • Gender and Politics
  • Interest Groups
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics
  • Federal and State Courts, and Judicial Behavior

Errol Henderson

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

Marie Hojnacki

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

Zaryab Iqbal

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

Gregory Kruczek

  • Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Political Science
(814) 863-1592
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Jeremy Martin Ladd

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-4113
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology
  • Democratization
  • Dictatorships

Jin H Lee

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Political Science
(814) 808-5416
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics

Douglas Lemke

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

Amy Linch

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

Suzanna Linn

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science
(814) 863-9402
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology

David Lowery

  • Distinguished Senior Scholar of Political Science
(814) 863-0577
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics

Cyanne E. Loyle

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
(814) 863-1040
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations
  • Government Repression
  • Human Security

Roseanne McManus

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

Burt L. Monroe

  • Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science, Social Data Analytics, and Informatics
  • Head, Program in Social Data Analytics
  • Director, Center for Social Data Analytics
(814) 865-9215
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology

Bumba Mukherjee

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

Kevin Munger

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics
(814) 863-0577
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology
  • Participation, Voting, and Public Opinion

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
  • Federal and State Courts, and Judicial Behavior
  • Judicial 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

  • Professor of Political Science and
  • Director of Graduate Studies
(814) 865-5594
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

James Piazza

  • Acting Associate Head, Department of Political Science and Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science
(814) 867-4429
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
    • Terrorism
    • Counterterrorism
    • Political Violence
    • Intrastate Conflict
    • Middle East and Islamic World

Eric Plutzer

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

Amy Sentementes

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science
(814) 863-6901
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Participation, Voting, and Public Opinion
  • Gender and Politics
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Candis Smith

  • Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
(814) 863-8978
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Participation, Voting, and Public Opinion
  • Gender and Politics
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics

Andrew Vitek

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of Political Science and
  • Director, Counterterrorism Option
(814) 865-5001
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization
  • Civil Military Relations
  • Political Violence

Susan Welch

  • Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-7691
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Western Europe, especially German speaking countries
  • Gender and Politics
  • Political Violence

Joseph Wright

  • Professor of Political Science
(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 of Political Science
(814) 863-2395
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics

Boliang Zhu

  • Associate Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-6901
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations

Christopher Zorn

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

Staff

Kristy Boob

  • Graduate Staff Coordinator
(814) 863-1595

Shannon Brace

  • Assistant to Department Head
(814) 863-1449

Jodi Guy

  • Administrative Assistant
(814) 863-8346

Allison Haas

  • World Campus Administrative Assistant
(814) 863-8110

Jenny Harchak

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

Angela Hill

  • Undergraduate Staff Coordinator
(814) 865-4597

Michelle Ilgen

  • Administrative Coordinator
(814) 865-4598

Kristie Kalvin

  • Academic Advisor
(814) 867-6024

Greg Nolan

  • Academic Advisor
(814) 867-1988

Mia Parise

  • Academic Advisor
(814) 863-6811

Graduate Students

Mitchell Goist

(814) 865-1911

Aubrey Waddick, PhD Candidate

  • PhD Candidate, Graduate Fellow

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

Lilliard Richardson

  • Director, School of Public Policy
  • Professor of Public Policy

Christopher Witko

  • Associate Director, School of Public Policy
  • Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
(814) 865-3747