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.

Department Contacts

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Faculty

Peter Ahrensdorf

  • James B. Duke Professor of Political Science
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Katherine Bersch

  • Nancy Akers and J. Mason Wallace Assistant Professor of Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative Politics and Policy
  • Latin America
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Graham Bullock

  • Associate Professor of Political Science | Faculty Director of the Deliberative Citizenship Initiative | Director of Davidson in China | Director of the Sustainability Information Lab

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. Politics
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Citizenship and Deliberative Policymaking
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Besir Ceka

  • Associate Professor of Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • European Politics
  • International Relations
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Melody Crowder-Meyer

  • Associate Professor of Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • American Politics
  • Women In Politics
  • Local Politics
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Ken Menkhaus

  • Professor of Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
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Brittany Murray

  • Assistant Professor of Educational Studies and Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • K-12 Education Policy
  • Politics of Education
  • School Racial Inequality

brmurray@davidson.edu

704-894-2704

Chambers 3166

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Andrew O'Geen

  • Chair & Associate Professor of Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. Politics, Supreme Court
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Shelley Rigger

  • Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty | Brown Professor of Asian Studies

shrigger@davidson.edu

704-894-2505

Chambers 1283/Preyer 111

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Susan Roberts

  • Professor of Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. and N.C. politics
  • Reproductive rights
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Brian Shaw

  • Richardson Professor of Political Science

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • Political Philosophy
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Silvi Toska

  • Assistant Professor of Political Science
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Joshua Yesnowitz

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Writing Studies

Primary Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. Politics
  • Social Movements
  • Politics of Higher Education

joyesnowitz@davidson.edu

704-894-2255

Jackson Court #6, 101

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Staff

Carla Cole

  • Deliberative Citizenship Initiative Coordinator

cacole1@davidson.edu

704-894-2280

Elm 101

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Gladys Guido Newport

  • Departmental Coordinator
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Faculty Emeriti

  • Mary Thornberry
  • Lou Ortmayer

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