Faculty Members

H. Brinton Milward's picture
H. Brinton Milward
Director & Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund Chair
Email: milward@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Science 317
Brint Milward is the Director of the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. He holds the Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund Chair in Collaborative Governance. He was Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, which is co-chaired by...
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Pamela Adams
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Email: padams1@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3128
FAX: 520-621-5051
Office: Social Science 315c-1
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Laura Bakkensen
Assistant Professor
Email: laurabakkensen@email.arizona.edu

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...
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Elizabeth Baldwin
Assistant Professor
Email: elizabethb@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Science 318A

Elizabeth Baldwin researches energy and water policy implementation in the U.S. and internationally. She is broadly interested the role that non-state actors play in implementing natural resource policies, the way that laws and legal rules structure stakeholder involvement, and the degree to...
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Alex Braithwaite
Associate Professor & Director of Ph.D. Program
Email: abraith@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Sciences 314B

Alex Braithwaite's research and teaching focus upon the causes and contagion of violent and nonviolent conflict, including terrorism, protests, riots, civil war, and international wars. His research demonstrates that incidents of violent political conflict cluster in space and time, that...
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Jessica Maves Braithwaite
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Email: jbraith@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Science 337

Jessica Braithwaite's research addresses how repressive activities and institutional characteristics of governments influence (and are influenced by) violent and nonviolent strategies of domestic opposition groups. She also examines the origins of rebellion as a co-creator of the Foundations of...
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Kirssa Cline Ryckman
Assistant Director- ISS Program
Email: klcline@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520 261 5528
Office: Social Science 328A1

Kirssa Cline Ryckman is the Assistant Director of the International Security Studies program. She teaches courses for the ISS program and at the undergraduate level on armed conflict and human security. Her research focuses on political conflict, including protest, terrorism, and civil war, and...
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Jennifer Cyr
Assistant Professor
Email: jmcyr@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Sciences 328A2
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William Dixon
Email: dixonw@email.arizona.edu
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
Associate Professor
Email: sdovi@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Kirk Emerson
Professor of Practice
Email: kemerson@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-3315
Office: Social Sciences 306

Kirk Emerson is Professor of Practice in Collaborative Governance at the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy with joint appointments in the Schools of Planning and Public Health. She is also a Faculty Associate at the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in...
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Faten Ghosn
Associate Professor
Email: fghosn@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Adam Douglas Henry
Associate Professor
Email: adhenry@email.arizona.edu
Office: 319 Social Sciences Building
Adam Douglas Henry is an Associate 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...
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Samara Klar
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Email: klar@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Paulette Kurzer
Email: kurzer@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Michael Letcher
Email: mletcher@email.arizona.edu
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William Mishler
Email: mishler@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Barbara Norrander
Email: norrande@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Jun Peng
Associate Professor
Email: junpeng@arizona.edu

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.,...
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V. Spike Peterson
Professor of International Relations
Email: spikep@email.arizona.edu
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, Center for...
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Michael Polakowski
Associate Professor
Email: mpolakow@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Lisa Sanchez
Assistant Professor
Email: lisasanchez@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3985
FAX: 520-621-5051
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Edella Schlager's picture
Edella Schlager
Email: schlager@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Paul Schuler
Assistant Professor
Email: pschuler@email.arizona.edu

I study authoritarian regimes and political institutions with a particular focus on East and Southeast Asia. My current book project addresses the historical evolution of authoritarian political institutions and their impact on contemporary politics. Additionally, I am also an expert on...
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Craig Smith
Associate Professor
Email: crsmith@email.arizona.edu
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...
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Allison Vaillancourt
Professor of Practice
Email: vaillana@email.arizona.edu
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.

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Neil Vance
Senior Lecturer
Email: neilv@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Science 304

Neil Vance is Kanbay Chair in Ethical Governance at the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona.  In addition to scholarly articles on applied ethics, the program hosts an annual speaker on ethics...
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Thomas Volgy
Email: volgy@email.arizona.edu
Office: 333 Social Sciences
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Chris Weber
Associate Professor
Email: chrisweber@email.arizona.edu

Chris Weber is an Associate 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...
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Chad Westerland
Associate Professor & Interim Director
Email: cwesterl@email.arizona.edu
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...
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