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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Laura Bakkensen
Assistant Professor
Email: laurabakkensen@email.arizona.edu

Dr. Laura A. Bakkensen utilizes applied microeconomic and econometric techniques to study the economics of natural disasters, identifying current hazard risks and evidence of adaptation to damages and fatalities across the globe. She also evaluates individual and...
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Elizabeth Baldwin
Assistant Professor
Email: elizabethb@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Science 318A

Elizabeth Baldwin researches environmental, energy and water policy 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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Anne Boustead
Assistant Professor
Email: boustead@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-3574
Office: Social Sciences 439B

Annie Boustead researches legal and policy issues related to electronic surveillance, privacy, policing, and drug policy.  She is particularly interested in empirically studying law enforcement surveillance, and evaluating the...
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Jessica Maves Braithwaite's picture
Jessica Maves Braithwaite
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Email: jbraith@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Science 343

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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Alex Braithwaite
Professor & Associate Director
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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Jennifer Cyr
Associate Professor
Email: jmcyr@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Sciences 328A2
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Suzanne Dovi's picture
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
TEL: 520-621-7321
FAX: 520-621-5051
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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Frank Gonzalez
Assistant Professor
Email: fgonzo@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Science 337

Frank is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP). He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in May 2017. He received a Master of Arts in Political Science at...
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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's picture
Samara Klar
Associate Professor of Political Science
Email: klar@email.arizona.edu
Office: 318-B

Samara Klar studies how individuals' personal identities and social surroundings influence their political attitudes and behavior. She uses experimental methods (in and outside the lab), survey analyses, and other statistical tools. 

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Jeff Kucik's picture
Jeff Kucik
Assistant Professor
Email: jkucik@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Sciences 439A

Dr. Kucik's research address questions in international political economy. He is primarily interested in the politics of international law and organizations. His work looks at why countries enter into formal agreements and how those agreements shape member state behavior. 

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Paulette Kurzer's picture
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 housing. Her other research project is the comparative political economy of the small states in Western Europe....
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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 and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Mishler received his BA at Stetson University and his PhD from Duke University. Before moving to...
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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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Javier Osorio
Assistant Professor
Email: josorio1@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-4607
FAX: 520-621-5051
Office: Social Sciences 125

Javier Osorio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy. His research analyzes the micro-foundations and dynamics of political and criminal violence with particular focus in Latin America. To address this agenda, Dr. Osorio uses a broad range of quantitative methods...
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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,...
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Michael Polakowski's picture
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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Kirssa Cline Ryckman
Assistant Professor, Career Track and Assistant Director ISS Program
Email: klcline@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520 261 5528
Office: Social Science 331

Kirssa Ryckman studies the dynamics of nonstate conflict, including terrorism, civil war, and nonviolent campaigns. She is particularly interested in how civilians are affected by conflict, whether as victims of violence or agents of change. She teaches courses at the undergraduate and master’s...
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Lisa Sanchez's picture
Lisa Sanchez
Assistant Professor
Email: lisasanchez@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3985
FAX: 520-621-5051
Office: 318D

Dr. Lisa M. Sanchez is an Assistant Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona. She holds a masters degree in American Politics and Public Policy and a Doctorate in Political Science with distinction from the University of New Mexico. She is an alumnus...
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Edella Schlager's picture
Edella Schlager
Email: schlager@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Science 339


My research focuses on comparative institutional analyses of water laws, policies, property rights, and compacts in the western US. I am particularly interested in the design and performance of polycentric systems of water governance and how well such systems of water governance adapt...
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Paul Schuler's picture
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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Yotam Shmargad's picture
Yotam Shmargad
Assistant Professor
Email: yotam@email.arizona.edu
Office: Social Sciences 129

Yotam Shmargad is a computational social scientist with an interest in political networks and privacy. In his research, he runs experiments, links and analyzes large datasets, and uses natural experiments...
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Craig Smith's picture
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's picture
Allison Vaillancourt
Professor of Practice
Email: vaillana@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-1684
Office: University Services Building #217

Allison Vaillancourt is a Professor of Practice in the School of Government and Public Policy and also serves as Vice President for Business Affairs & Human Resources 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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