Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

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Faculty

Michael J. Nelson
Professor of Political Science
Department Head
Affiliate Law Faculty
Director, Initiative on Legal Institutions and Democracy (ILIAD)
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • State Politics
  • Judicial Politics
Lee Ann
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
Research Professor and
Managing Director, McCourtney Institute for Democracy
(814) 863-7630
D. Scott Bennett
Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and
Distinguished Professor of Political Science
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
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Brown-McCourtney Career Development Professor in the McCourtney Institute and 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
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Assistant Teaching Professor
(814) 863-3192
Areas of Interest:
  • Gender and Politics
Xun Cao
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
  • Climate change and the environment
John Christman
Director of Humanities Institute and Professor of Philosophy, Political Science, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
(814) 865-4190
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Assistant Teaching Professor
Areas of Interest:
  • Institutions
  • Public Policy
  • Social Movements and Protest
  • State Politics
Bruce Desmarais
Professor of Political Science,
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William and Monica DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor in Political Science
Social Data Analytics, Director of Graduate Studies
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology
Matt Golder
Professor of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology
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Professor of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology
Pete Hatemi
Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • International Relations
  • Methodology
Marie Hojnacki
Associate Head and Director of World Campus Programs, Department of Political Science
Associate Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-1912
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Representation
  • Interest Groups
  • Public Policy
Zaryab Iqbal
Associate Professor of Political Science and Jewish Studies
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
  • Political Violence
  • Human Security
  • State Failure
Douglas Lemke
Professor of Political Science
Director of Graduate Studies
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
Amy Linch
Teaching Professor of Political Science and
Director of Undergraduate Studies
(814) 863-0743
Suzanna Linn
Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology
Cyanne E. Loyle
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
(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
Bumba Mukherjee
Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-6575
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
  • Methodology
  • Domestic Politics and War
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Institutions
  • Political Violence
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
Jim Piazza
Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science
(814) 867-4429
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
  • Terrorism
  • Political Violence
Eric Plutzer
Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-6576
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Gender and Politics
Assistant Professor of Political Science
SSRI Co-Funded Faculty
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Assistant Professor of Political Science
Placement Director
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization
  • Dictatorships
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
  • Representation
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Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science and
Director, Counterterrorism Option
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization
  • Political Violence
  • Extremism and Radicalization
  • Terrorism
Christopher Witko
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
(814) 865-3747
Joseph Wright
Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-3205
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Dictatorships
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Government Repression
  • Civil Military Relations
Vineeta Yadav
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
Liberal Arts Professor of Political Science and Sociology
Affiliate Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology
Affiliate Professor of Law
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology
  • Federal and State Courts, and Judicial Behavior

Staff

Kelsey Block
Academic Advisor
(814) 863-6944
Kristy PSU
Graduate Staff Coordinator
(814) 863-1595
Jodi Guy
Administrative Assistant
(814) 863-8346
Allison Haas
World Campus Administrative Assistant
(814) 863-8110
Angela Hill
Undergraduate Staff Coordinator
(814) 865-4597
Michelle Ilgen
Administrative Coordinator
(814) 865-4598
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Assistant to the Department Head
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Academic Advisor
814-867-6024
Mia Parise
Academic Advisor
(814) 863-6811
Academic Advisor
(814) 867-1988

Graduate Students

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814-863-1595
Areas of Interest:
  • Public Policy
  • Federalism
  • Economic Inequality
  • Ideology
  • Far Right Movements
danielle beavers
Research Assistant
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Methodology
  • Public Policy
  • State Politics
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(814) 863-1595
Areas of Interest:
  • civil conflict
  • civil society
  • human security
  • peacebuilding
Areas of Interest:
  • IR and Methods
Areas of Interest:
  • electoral violence
  • gender politics
  • machine learning
  • political methods
ash elswick
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • Institutions
  • Interest Groups
  • Political Behavior
  • Political Opinion
  • State Politics
  • Public Policy
Chi Shun (Gary) Fong
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Social Movements and Protest
  • Government Repression
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Areas of Interest:
  • Political human behavior
  • Coalition building
  • Regime/Institutional dynamics and durability
  • Methodologies
NickHemauer
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Health Policy
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
Morrgan Herlihy
Areas of Interest:
  • Institutions
  • Representation
  • Public Policy
  • Elite Political Behavior
  • Public Opinion Methodology
Yimin Huang
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Dictatorships
  • Democratization
  • Public Opinion and Political Behavior
Nitheesha Nakka
Areas of Interest:
  • Methodology
  • American Politics
  • Social Media
  • Political Economy
  • Institutions
Sheng-Hui Tseng
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender Politics
  • Political Representation of Women
  • Violence and Harassment against Women in Politics
Sara Lindsay Walsh
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Gender and Politics
  • Representation
Yang Yang
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Methodology
Lingbo  Zhao
Areas of Interest:
  • International conflicts
  • International political economy
  • Public opinion

Affiliated Faculty

Mark Anner
Associate Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and Political Science.
(814) 865-0745
Donna Bahry
Professor Emerita of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization
  • Communist and Post-Communist Politics
  • Participation, Voting, and Public Opinion
Anthony Bertelli
Douglas S. and Joyce L. Sherwin Professor in the
College of the Liberal Arts Honoring Frank Whitmore and
Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy
Gretchen Casper
Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratization
John  Gastil
Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Public Policy and Political Science
Errol Henderson
Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
David Lowery
Distinguished Senior Scholar of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
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Professor of Law and Political Science
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State Law
8148654285
Areas of Interest:
  • American Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Judicial Politics
  • Western Europe, especially German speaking countries
John McCarthy
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology
(814) 863-8260
Kidane Mengisteab
Professor of African Studies and Political Science
(814) 863-5815
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Assistant Teaching Professor of Global and International Studies and Political Science
8148654598
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
Burt L. Monroe
Affiliate Professor of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • Comparative Politics
  • Methodology
David Myers
Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Glenn Palmer
Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • International Relations
Lilliard Richardson
Director, School of Public Policy
Professor of Public Policy
Hanna Wallach
Adjunct Associate Professor of Political Science
Areas of Interest:
  • Methodology
  • Gender and Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Politics