Advisers

Honors Advisers

Michael Berkman is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Political Science Honors Program. He is an expert on American state and local politics. His books include Ten Thousand Democracies: Politics and Public Opinion in America’s School Districts (2005) and Evolution, Creationism, and the Battle for Control of America’s Classrooms (2010). Professor Berkman is also Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy.

Contact: mbb1@psu.edu

 

Matt Golder is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and an honors advisor. He is an expert on political representation and comparative politics. His books include Principles of Comparative Politics (2017) and Foundations of Comparative Politics (2018). Professor Golder is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Contact: mgolder@psu.edu

 

Honors Adviser

Gretchen Casper is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and an honors advisor. She is an expert on democratization and civil conflict. Her books include Fragile Democracies: The Legacies of Authoritarian Rule (1995) and Negotiating Democracy: Transitions from Authoritarian Rule (1996).

Contact: gcasper@psu.edu

 

Academic Advisers

Kristie Kalvin is an academic adviser in the Department of Political Science. She has been working with undergraduate students at Penn State for over 18 years. Throughout her Penn State career, Kristie has worked in the College of Engineering, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Old Main. Over ten years with the College of the Liberal Arts give her a deep appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education and how students can combine different disciplines to create a fulfilling curricular path. Kristie’s extensive experience with the different programs and colleges across Penn State is a great asset to her students, who benefit from her insight in helping them find and follow their passion.

 

Greg Nolan is an academic adviser in the Department of Political Science.

 

Mia Parisse is an academic adviser in the Department of Political Science.  Mia completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Stage Management and a minor in Dance at Penn State. After working in the industry for a short time, she completed a Master of Science in Elementary Education at the University of Scranton and taught K-6 in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mia’s understanding of discipline and goal setting – she is a classically trained ballet dancer and a marathon runner – are a great asset to her students. She helps students to identify what they want to achieve and find the academic and extracurricular resources to pursue their ambitions.