Faculty

Our research and teaching interests are in the fields of public policy, political behavior, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations. We engage and mentor students in our research and topic areas of interest to students. As a political science major you will develop a sophisticated understanding of political ideas, institutions, and behavior as well as an ability to critically analyze public policy issues.

Peter Ahrensdorf

Peter Ahrensdorf
Ph.D. University of Chicago

I'm the James Sprunt Professor of Political Science and an affiliated professor of classics. My teaching focuses on the history of political and moral theory.

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander
Ph.D. Duke University

My teaching focuses on international relations. I also direct the Dean Rusk International Studies Program.

Graham Bullock

Graham Bullock
Ph.D. University of California, Berkley, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

I teach courses and conduct research on American and environmental politics; the environmental social sciences; the politics of information; citizens, consumers, and the environment; and environmental challenges in Asia.

Russell Crandall

Russell Crandall
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, International Relations

I involve students in my research and work on articles and books in the area of international politics. As a student, you have the opportunity to have a transformational education and the opportunity for that is great at Davidson.

Aaron Houck

Aaron Houck
Ph.D. Candidate, Duke University

I teach American politics, and methods and statistics.

Ken Menkhaus

Kenneth Menkhaus
Ph.D. University of South Carolina, International Studies

I've taught political science at Davidson since 1991, my courses focus on international studies, while my research specializes on the Horn of Africa.

Claire Metelits

Claire Metelits
Ph.D. Northwestern University

I teach Comparative Politics, Global Security Studies, and Politics of Africa.

Maren Milligan

Maren Milligan
Ph.D. University of Maryland, Government and Politics

I joined the department in fall 2012. The focus of my teaching and research is Middle Eastern studies. 

Andrew O'Geen

Andrew O'Geen
Ph.D. Stony Brook University

My research and teaching interests are in American political institutions and judicial politics. I teach courses in American politics including our two constitutional law classes as well as research methods and statistics.

Louis Ortmayer

Louis Ortmayer
Ph.D. University of Denver, International Studies

I teach courses on American foreign policy, international politics, European politics, the European Union, Russia and Post-Soviet politics, and politics and film.

Josh Putnam

Josh Putnam
Ph.D. University of Georgia

I'm an avid elections watcher, so my focus, both in research and in the classroom, is on American politics and specifically on campaigns and elections.

Shelley Rigger

Shelley Rigger (Chair)
Ph.D. Harvard University, Government 

The focus of my teaching, research and public service is East Asian politics. 

Susan Roberts

Susan Roberts
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

I teach courses on the presidency, Congress, parties, campaigns, and interest groups.

Pat Sellers

Patrick Sellers
Ph.D. Duke University

I have a long history with Davidson, first as a student and now as a professor and dean. My research and teaching interests include American politics, Congress, the news media, and theories of persuasion. 

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science

I've been teaching at Davidson for more than 30 years. The focus of my research and political science courses is political philosophy.