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Political Science Faculty & Staff

Staff Members

Corinne Foutz Administrative Director; 801-587-9899
Maddy Mitkus Administrative Officer; 801-581-7031
Jen Wozab Graduate Advisor; 801-581-8608
TBD Undergraduate Advisor; 801-581-3241


Active Faculty

All faculty members are located in Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons, Suite 3345 (unless otherwise noted).
Please contact faculty members via email.

Tabitha Benney

International Relationstabitha benney
Associate Professor


Areas of Expertise: International currency markets, environmental policy, esp. environmental markets in emerging economies, and varieties of capitalism

Matthew Burbank

American Politicsmatthew burbank


Areas of Expertise: Mega-events, public opinion, and urban politics

Juliet Carlisle

American Politics 


Areas of Expertise: American Politics, energy and environmental politics, public opinion, and political socialization

David Carter

      Public Policy & Administration
      Associate Professor

       Areas of Expertise:  Regulatory program design and administration, special districts, collective action

                                      institutions, self-governance among climbers

Eunbin Chung

International Relations, Political Psychology
Associate Professor


Areas of Expertise: International security, conflict resolution, political psychology, and survey and field experiments

Christina Cottiero

Intercottieronational Relations
Assistant Professor


Areas of Expertise: International organizations, esp. regional organizations, international relations in Africa, foreign policy and security politics in autocracies

James Curry

Americajim curryn Politics


Areas of Expertise: Congress, leadership, and political parties

David De Micheli

DavidComparative Politics
Assistant Professor


  Areas of Expertise: Ethnic and identity politics, inequality, citizenship, Brazil, Latin America

Michael Dichio

Michael DichioAmerican Politics
Assistant Professor


Areas of Expertise: American political and constitutional development, public law and courts, & politics of the U.S. Supreme Court

Edmund Fong

American Politics, Ethnic Studies john francis
Associate Professor & Director of Ethnic Studies


Areas of Expertise: Race, ethnicity, and American politics

Laura Gamboa

lauraComparative Politics
Assistant Professor


 Areas of Expertise: Transitions from and to democracy, political parties, voting behavior, and mixed methods, Latin American politics (in particular Colombia and Venezuela)

Claudio Holzner

Compaclaudio holznerrative Politics
Department Chair & Professor

Office: CTIHB, Room 210

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, political participation, and social movements

Steven Johnston

Politicasteven johnstonl Theory
Professor & Maxwell Endowed Presidential Chair


Areas of Expertise: Democratic theory, contemporary political theory, modern political theory, politics and film, patriotism, tragedy, monuments and memorials

Baodong Liu

Americbaodong liuan Politics
Professor & Director of Graduate Studies


Areas of Expertise: Urban and racial politics, voting, and elections

Steven Lobell

Internsteven lobellational Relations


Areas of Expertise: International security, foreign policy, political economy, and the Middle East

Josh McCrain

American Politics
Assistant Professor


Areas of Expertise: Computational social science, econometrics, lobbying, Congress, media and politics, and political economy

Ella Myers

Political Tella myersheory
Gender Studies


Areas of Expertise: Citizen participation, economic inequality, race, and gender and politics

Chris Simon

Public Administration, American Politics


Areas of Expertise: Alternative energy policy, energy security, education policy, and criminal justice

Phillip Singer

Health Policy
Assistant Professor& Director of Undergraduate Studies


Areas of Expertise: American Politics, health politics and policy, public health, and Medicaid

Brent Steele

Internatiobrent steelenal Relations
Professor & Wormuth Presidential Chair


Areas of Expertise: Security, international relations, ethics, and just war

Jesus Valero

Public Admjesus valeroinistration
Associate Professor


Areas of Expertise: Nonprofit organizations & management, public-nonprofit collaboration, and leadership

M. Hakan Yavuz

Comparativhakan yavuze Politics


Areas of Expertise: Transnational Islamic networks, ethnic/religious conflict, Turkey, and the Middle East

Asia Campus Faculty

Porter Morgan

       Comparative Politics
      Assistant Professor Lecturer

       Areas of Expertise:Security, International Relations, and Comparative Politics in East Asia

Career-Line Faculty

Marjorie Castle

International Relations, Comparative Politics
Professor Lecturer


Areas of Expertise: Regime change, political parties, comparative institutions, qualitative methods including process-tracing

Stephen Nelson

Americaluke garrottn Politics
Associate Professor Lecturer


Areas of Expertise: Law and public policy, American politics

Research Faculty

Mark Button

Politicmark buttonal Theory
Research Professor 


Areas of Expertise: Deliberative democracy, civic education, political ethics, and suicide

John Francis

Compajohn francisrative Politics
Research Professor


Areas of Expertise: Public lands, public health, Western Europe, and North America

Sharon Mastracci

Public Adsharon mastracciministration
Research Professor


Areas of Expertise: Public management, emotional labor, workplace diversity, and public service

Visiting Faculty

Dave Buhler

       American Politics, Public Administration
       Regents Professor 


       Teaching Interests: American politics and public administration

Tyler Pack

       International Relations
       Assistant Professor 


       Teaching Interests: Civil wars, American foreign policy, international security, international intervention

Auxiliary Faculty

Morgan Lyon Cotti Adjunct Assistant Professor
Leslie Francis Adjunct Professor
Annabelle Hutchinson Postdoctoral Fellow
Sandra J Pershing Adjunct Associate Professor

Jennifer Seelig

Adjunct Associate Instructor


Emeritus Faculty

Howard Lehman Professor Emeritus
Rick Green Professor Emeritus
Yanqi Tong Professor Emeritus
Peri Schwartz-Shea Professor Emeritus
Jim Gosling Professor Emeritus
Lauren Holland Professor Emeritus
Ronald Hrebenar Professor Emeritus
Robert Huefner Professor Emeritus
Steven Ott Professor Emeritus
Dan McCool Professor Emeritus
Susan Olson Professor Emeritus










Last Updated: 4/23/24