Meet our Faculty

Departmental Faculty

Laura Bakkensen

Laura Bakkensen

Assistant Professor

  • Environmental economics
  • Natural disaster policy
  • Risk and adaptation
Social Sciences 327
Elizabeth Baldwin

Elizabeth Baldwin

Assistant Professor

  • Environmental policy
  • Energy policy
  • Institutional analysis
Social Sciences 318A
Anne Boustead

Anne Boustead

Assistant Professor

  • Law and policy
  • Drug policy
  • Surveillance and privacy
Social Sciences 439B
Alex Braithwaite

Alex Braithwaite

Associate Director, School of Government and Public Policy

Professor

  • International relations
  • Refugees and forced migration
  • Violent and nonviolent conflict
Social Sciences 314B
Jessica Maves Braithwaite

Jessica Maves Braithwaite

Assistant Professor

  • International relations
  • Violent and nonviolent conflict
  • Human rights and repression
Social Sciences 343
Jennifer Cyr

Jennifer Cyr

Associate Professor

  • Comparative politics
  • Democracy and representation
  • Qualitative and mixed methods
Social Sciences 328A2
Suzanne Dovi

Suzanne Dovi

Associate Professor

  • Democratic theory
  • Representation
  • Ethics and public policy
Social Sciences 325
Kirk Emerson

Kirk Emerson

Professor of Practice

  • Environmental policy and management
  • Collaborative governance
  • Conflict management
Social Sciences 306
Faten Ghosn

Faten Ghosn

Director, Undergraduate Studies

Associate Professor

  • International relations
  • Conflict and conflict management
  • Refugees and forced migration
Social Sciences 335
Frank Gonzalez

Frank Gonzalez

Assistant Professor

  • Political psychology
  • Race and politics
  • Biology and politics
Social Sciences 337
Adam Douglas Henry

Adam Douglas Henry

Associate Professor

Social Sciences 319
Samara Klar

Samara Klar

Associate Professor

  • Political psychology
  • Voter behavior
  • Public opinion
Social Sciences 318-B
Jeff Kucik

Jeff Kucik

Assistant Professor

  • International relations
  • Global trade and investment
  • International organizations
Social Sciences 439A
Paulette Kurzer

Paulette Kurzer

Professor

  • Comparative politics
  • European integration
  • Welfare state
Social Sciences 323
Michael Letcher

Michael Letcher

Lecturer

  • Strategic planning
  • Performance management
  • Board governance
H. Brinton Milward

H. Brinton Milward

Director, School of Government and Public Policy

Fund Chair, Melody S. Robidoux Foundation

  • Interorganizational networks
  • Illegal and covert networks
  • Public management
Social Sciences 317
William Mishler

William Mishler

Professor

  • Democratization
  • Human trafficking
  • Public opinion/behavior
Social Sciences 314A
Barbara Norrander

Barbara Norrander

Professor

  • American politics
  • Primary elections
  • Gender gap
Social Sciences 326
Javier Osorio

Javier Osorio

Assistant Professor

  • Comparative politics
  • Political and criminal violence
  • Natural language processing
Social Sciences 125
Jun Peng

Jun Peng

Associate Professor

  • Public budgeting
  • Public debt management
  • Public pension management
Social Sciences 341
V. Spike Peterson

V. Spike Peterson

Professor

  • International politics/economics/inequalities
  • Critical theorizing
  • Gender/sexual/racial logics
Social Sciences 314C
Michael Polakowski

Michael Polakowski

Associate Professor

  • Criminal justice policies
  • Crime statistics
  • Inequality
Social Sciences 329
Kirssa Cline Ryckman

Kirssa Cline Ryckman

Assistant Professor, Career Track

Assistant Director, ISS Program

  • International relations
  • Violent and nonviolent conflict
  • Civilians in conflict
Social Sciences 331
Lisa Sanchez

Lisa Sanchez

Assistant Professor

Social Sciences 318D
Edella Schlager

Edella Schlager

Professor

  • Institutional analysis
  • Multi-level governance
  • Water policy/politics
Social Sciences 339
Paul Schuler

Paul Schuler

Assistant Professor

Social Sciences 318
Yotam Shmargad

Yotam Shmargad

Assistant Professor

  • Online behavior
  • Political communication
  • Social networks
Social Sciences 129
Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Director, MPA/MPP

Associate Professor

  • Public management
  • Organization theory and behavior
  • Privatization
Social Sciences 314D
Allison Vaillancourt

Allison Vaillancourt

Professor of Practice

University Services Building #217
Thomas Volgy

Thomas Volgy

Professor

  • International politics
  • Status considerations
  • Comparative regional analysis
Social Sciences 330
Chris Weber

Chris Weber

Director, Ph.D. Studies

Associate Professor

  • American politics
  • Political psychology
  • Methodology
Social Sciences 333
Chad Westerland

Chad Westerland

Associate Professor

  • American politics
  • Law and courts
  • Methodology
Social Sciences 321
John P. (Pat) Willerton

John P. (Pat) Willerton

Professor

  • Comparative politics
  • Russian politics
  • Political elites
Social Sciences 316