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  • Priorities of Women Voters

    Women are not a monolith, and their voting patterns reflect that. Prof. Susan Roberts discusses similarities and differences among women voters and the issues that take priority for most.

    Susan Roberts
  • Exodus from Horn of Africa

    Political and economic conditions cause refugees from the Horn of Africa to seek asylum in Europe and North America. The exodus is occurring despite economic growth in Ethiopia and signs of slight economic revival in Somalia.

    Ken Menkhaus
  • China's Rise

    Prof. Shelley Rigger explains how China's power is increasing worldwide—in its political influence, economy, and military. And the country's rapid growth has complicated things for Taiwan.

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  • Why did the Arab Spring Begin in Tunisia?

    No one expected the Arab Spring to begin in Tunisia. Prof. Chris Alexander covers the four critical changes that have taken place in the country over the last decade which lead to the uprising.

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  • War on Drugs

    Much of the conflict in the war on drugs occurs in Latin America, challenging governmental relations and leading to some pushback. Prof. Russell Crandall says hemispheric relations are further complicated as news spreads of U.S. states legalizing marijuana, while at the same time the U.S. is demanding aggressive efforts by Latin American countries to combat drugs.

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Faculty & Staff

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.

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Katherine Bersch
Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

My research and teaching interests are in comparative politics and public policy, with an emphasis on governance reform and state capacity in Latin America.

Graham Bullock

Graham Bullock
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, 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.

Besir Ceka

Besir Ceka
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I teach courses in international relations and comparative politics with a particular focus on European politics and international organizations. My research examines the causes and consequences of political trust and satisfaction with democracy in European states.

Melody Crowder-Meyer

Melody Crowder-Meyer
Ph.D. Princeton University

I teach courses on American political behavior and identity, including courses on public opinion, media, gender and race in American politics.

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Timo Lochocki
Ph.D. Humboldt University Berlin

I am the James K. Batten Visiting Professor for Public Policy for fall 2018, teaching European and German politics. I specialize in European party politics.

Ken Menkhaus

Kenneth Menkhaus (Chair)
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.

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.

Shelley Rigger

Shelley Rigger
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.

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.

Silvana Toska

Silvana Toska
Ph.D. Cornell University

My most recent research looks at the spread of revolutions from one country to another and the role of emotions for collective mobilization.

Affiliated Faculty

Britta Crandall

Britta Crandall
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

My teaching and research interests converge on contemporary Brazil and the Southern Cone. In my courses, I emphasize the strong connection between politics and economics.

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.

Pat Sellers

Patrick Sellers
Ph.D. Duke University

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

Staff

Meg Sawicki

Meg Sawicki
B.S. Appalachian State University
Administrative Assistant
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My primary responsibilities include assistance with budget management, event planning and supply management.

Faculty Emeriti

Mary Thornberry, Ph.D.
Lou Ortmayer, Ph.D.