Faculty Members

H. Brinton Milward's picture
Director
Office: Social Science 317

H. Brinton Milward is the Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He holds the Providence Service Corporation Chair in Public Management. He was Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, which is co-chaired by President George Herbert...

Pamela Adams's picture
Graduate Programs Coordinator
TEL: 520-621-3128
FAX: 520-621-5051
Office: Social Science 315c-1
Laura Bakkensen's picture

Laura A. Bakkensen utilizes applied microeconomic and econometric methods to study the interplay between humans and the environment. Her research focuses on the economics of natural disasters, including evidence on the effectiveness of adaptation, post-disaster migration, and the impact of...

Alex Braithwaite's picture
Associate Professor of International Relations
Office: Social Sciences 314B
Jennifer Cyr's picture
Office: Social Sciences 328A2
William Dixon's picture
Office: Social Science 343

William Dixon received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1980. He was Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University before joining the Arizona faculty in 1988. He served as co-editor of Political Research Quarterly from 1996 to 2000.

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Suzanne Dovi's picture
Associate Professor
Office: Social Science 325

Suzanne Dovi is an Associate Professor of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include democratic theory, representation (especially the representation of historically disadvantaged groups), feminist theory and human rights. She is most...

Kirk Emerson's picture
Professor of Practice
TEL: (520) 621-3315
Office: Social Sciences 306

Kirk Emerson is Professor of Practice in Collaborative Governance at the School of Government and Public Policy and a Faculty Associate at the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and at Syracuse University’s Program for Advancement of Research on Conflict and...

Faten Ghosn's picture
Office: Social Science 335

Dr. Ghosn received her BA and MA from the American University of Beirut, and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Her research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of adversaries, be they conflictual or cooperative. In particular, she has been interested in how such actors...

Adam Douglas Henry's picture
Assistant Professor
Office: 319 Social Sciences Building
Adam Douglas Henry is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy, and is an affiliated member of the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment. Dr. Henry's research focuses on questions of policy learning and sustainable development, particularly how...
Samara Klar's picture
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Office: 318-B

Samara Klar studies how individuals' identities -- the groups, roles, and associations with which they identify -- influence their political attitudes and behavior. She uses experimental methods (in and outside the lab), survey analyses, and other statistical tools to learn about the political...

Paulette Kurzer's picture
Office: Social Science 323

Paulette Kurzer's expertise is European politics. She has published widely on the European Union and her specific focus is the politics of EU consumer protection, public health, and biotechnology. Her other research project is the comparative political economy of the small states in Western...

Jessica Maves Braithwaite's picture
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Office: Social Science 337
William Mishler's picture
Office: Social Science 314A

William Mishler is Professor of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona, Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and Co-Editor of The Journal of Politics. Since 1991, he also has served as Associate Director of the New Europe Barometer...

Barbara Norrander's picture
Professor
Office: Social Science 326

Barbara Norrander has been a professor at the University of Arizona since 1990, with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1982).  Her teaching and research focus on American politics with specializations in elections, public opinion and political parties.  She is the author of The Imperfect...

Jun Peng's picture
Associate Professor

Jun Peng is an Associate Professor in public administration.  He has been teaching at the University of Arizona since earning his Ph.D from the State University of New York at Albany.  His research interest primarily focuses on state and local government financial management in the U.S.,...

V. Spike Peterson's picture
Professor of International Relations
Office: Social Science 314C

V. Spike Peterson is a Professor of International Relations in the School of Government and Public Policy, with courtesy appointments in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies , Institute for LGBT Studies,...

Michael Polakowski's picture
Office: Social Science 329

My interests focus on justice and ethical decision-making in society.  In the later 70s and early 80s I was a law enforcement officer, in various capacities, in Wisconsin.  While working I completed my Bachelors degree at Lakeland College and proceeded to the University of Wisconsin Madison to...

Edella Schlager's picture
Professor
Office: Social Science 339

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My research focuses on comparative institutional analyses of water laws, policies, property rights, and compacts in the western US. I am particularly interested in...

Craig Smith's picture
Associate Professor
Office: Social Science 314D

Craig R. Smith is an Associate Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on public sector contracting and cross-sectoral collaboration. He is particularly interested in how governance arrangements and institutions can mitigate...

John Tidd's picture
Senior Lecturer

John Tidd served with the Central Intelligence Agency for most of his professional career.  He joined the Agency in 1975 after earning a BA in international affairs from Occidental College and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Dr. Tidd has spent most...

Allison Vaillancourt's picture
Professor of Practice
TEL: 520-621-1684
Office: University Services Building #113

Allison Vaillancourt is a Professor of Practice in the School of Government and Public Policy and also serves as Vice President for Human Resources & Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Arizona.

Neil Vance's picture
Senior Lecturer
Office: Social Science 304

Neil Vance is the Spencer Lecturer in Applied Ethics at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He coordinates all the activities of the Raymond Spencer Program in Applied Ethics.  In addition to scholarly articles on applied ethics, the program hosts an annual...

Thomas Volgy's picture
Professor
Office: 333 Social Sciences
Chris Weber's picture
Assistant Professor

Chris Weber is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy. He received his PhD in political science from Stony Brook University in 2008. Dr. Weber specializes in political psychology, and political behavior, with a focus on American political campaigns and ideology. In...

Chad Westerland's picture
Associate Director
Office: Social Science 321

Chad Westerland is Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the School of Government and Public Policy. His research interests are judicial politics, American politics, and political methodology. His work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of...

J. Pat Willerton's picture
Associate Professor
Office: Social Science 316

John P. (Pat) Willerton is an associate professor of political science whose professional interests focus on comparative politics, with attention to Russia and other FSU (Former Soviet Union) countries.  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, began his career at Michigan State...