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Political Science

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Richard Keiser
Richard A. Keiser
Professor of Political Science
Chair of Political Science
Phone: x4122

Office Hours:  MW 3:15-4:15, F 9:00-11:00

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 266/366 Urban Political Economy, MW 1:50-3:00, F 2:20-3:20 in Willis 203

Professor Keiser received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. His research focuses on progressive politics in America's big cities. In 1997 he published Subordination or Empowerment? which analyzed the formation and disintegration of coalitions that advance African-American political empowerment. He coedited Minority Politics at the Millennium, which was published in 2000. His current research examines the relationship between cities and suburbs in the current era. Prof. Keiser teaches the introductory course on liberty and equality in America, as well as courses on urban and suburban political economy, poverty and public policy, and the Presidency. Prof. Keiser's web page

Barbara Allen
Barbara Allen
Professor of Political Science
Ada M. Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Social Sciences
Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Phone: x4084

Office Hours: M-Th by appt.

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 214 Visual Representations of Political Thought, T Th 3:10-4:55 in CMC 109 (first 5 weeks)

Professor Allen completed her Ph.D. at Indiana University. She teaches courses in American politics, feminist political theory, politics and the media, and constitutional law. Her broad interests include research related to liberal philosophy, democratic theory, institutional analysis and design, rational choice, and policy and law related to gender and race. Her areas of specialization related to empirical theory and methodology include quantitative methods, political socialization and behavior, public opinion, and theories of learning. Professor Allen writes extensively on applying Tocqueville's theories to contemporary politics and policy. Other publications include her research on Martin Luther King's contributions to American political thought. She is a contributing editor to The Martin Luther King Papers Project at Stanford University and a fellow at the Mondale Policy Forum at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Allen also is a recipient of several grants including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Earhart Foundation fellowships.

Laurence Cooper
Laurence D. Cooper
Professor of Political Science
Phone: x4111

Office Hours: M 2:00-4:00, F 10:00-12:00 & by appointment

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 258 Politics and Ambition, T Th 3:10-4:55 in Willis 205

Professor Cooper received his Ph.D. from Duke University. Most of his research has centered on two related and overlapping themes: first, whether and to what effect standards of human flourishing and social good can be derived from nature; and, second, human passions and their implications for politics and philosophy. In addition to several scholarly articles and chapters, he has published two books: Rousseau, Nature, and the Problem of the Good Life (1999) and Eros in Plato, Rousseau, and Nietzsche: The Politics of Infinity (2008). Professor Cooper teaches courses in ancient and modern political philosophy.

Mihaela Czobor Lupp
Mihaela Czobor-Lupp
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: x4175

Office Hours: M 3:15-5:15, Tu 3:30-5:00, W 4:30-5:30 or by appointment

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 160 Political Philosophy, MW 11:10-12:20, F 12:00-1:00 in Willis 205
POSC 255 Post-Modern Political Thought, MW 1:50-3:00, F 2:20-3:20 in Willis 205

Professor Czobor-Lupp holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest. She specializes in modern and contemporary political theory, democratic theory, critical theory, post-modernism, and politics and literature.

Roy Grow
Roy Grow
Frank B. Kellogg Professor of International Relations
Phone: x4086

Office Hours:  MW 1:00-3:00, (occasionally Th 2:30-4:00) & F in Sayles 1:00-2:00

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 170.02 International Relations & World Politics, MW 11:10-12:20, F 12:00-1:00 in Leighton 304

As the Kellogg Professor of International Relations, Professor Grow specializes in Chinese and Japanese politics, as well as the international politics of Asia. He received his Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Michigan after a career in the military as an interpreter and area analyst. Professor Grow teaches courses in Chinese politics, Japanese politics, Russian and Soviet government, international relations, political economy, and Marxist thought. He speaks Chinese and Japanese, and leads the Beijing off-campus political economy seminar. He is also the liaison for the Watson Fellowship.

Devashree Gupta
Devashree Gupta
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: x4681

Office Hours: M&W 1:00-4:00 or by Skype appointment

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 120.01 Comparative Political Regimes, MW 9:50-11:00, F 9:40-10:40 in Boliou 104
POSC 120.02 Comparative Political Regimes, MW 11:10-12:20, F 12:00-1:00 in Boliou 104

Devashree Gupta received her Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University. Her research focuses on issues of nationalism, social movements and protest, and political extremism, with a particular focus on the politics of Britain, Ireland, and South Africa. Her dissertation, Militant Flanks and Moderate Centers: The Struggle for Power and Influence in Nationalist Movements, explores the strategies that rival nationalist factions use to acquire more public support and material resources than their competitors in order to emerge as the ideological and strategic leaders of the nationalist community. She has published her work in The Chicago Policy Review, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Politics, and Comparative European Politics. She teaches the introductory classes in international relations and comparative politics as well as courses on social movements, comparative nationalism, ethnic conflict, religion and politics, globalization, and research methods.

Burton Levin
Burton Levin
SIT Investment Visiting Professor of Asian Policy
Phone: x4117

Ambassador Levin is the Sit Investment Visiting Professor of Asian Policy. After receiving his M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, he entered the Foreign Service. Ambassador Levin has served in Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand (where he was Deputy Chief of Mission), and as Consul General in Hong Kong. From May 1987 to September 1990, he served as US Ambassador to Burma. He has done graduate work at Harvard University in Chinese Affairs, was a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, and Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Ambassador Levin went on to head the Hong Kong Office of the Asia Society. In 1993 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law degree by Carleton College. He is currently a Director of the Mansfield Foundation and the Noble Group. At Carleton he enjoys teaching courses in Asian and American foreign policy.

Greg Marfleet
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of Political Economy
Phone: x4116

Office Hours:  W 11:00-3:30

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 170.01 International Relations & World Politics, T Th 10:10-11:55 in Leighton 305
POSC 231 American Foreign Policy, T Th 1:15-3:00 in Leighton 305

Professor Marfleet completed his Ph.D. at Arizona State University, in international relations and comparative politics. His dissertation was entitled "Taking Risks for War and Peace: Groups, Leaders and Crisis Behavior." His work has appeared in Political Psychology, Foreign Policy Analysis and the Journal of Political Science Education. His courses include International Relations & World Politics, Methods of Political Research, Complexity in Politics, and American Foreign Policy. Prof. Marfleet is the coordinator of the international relations track and the director of Carleton's Political Economy concentration.

Al Montero
Alfred P. Montero
Professor of Political Science
Director of Latin American Studies
Off Campus: Spring 2012
Phone: x4085

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
European Political Economics Program in Madrid and Maastricht

Professor Montero received his Ph.D. at Columbia University. His research focuses on the quality of subnational democratic governance in Brazil and the political economy of Latin America and Western Europe. He is the author of Shifting States in Global Markets: Subnational Industrial Policy in Contemporary Brazil and Spain (Penn State Press, 2002) and Brazilian Politics: Reforming a Democratic State in a Changing World (Polity, 2006). He is also co-editor with David Samuels of Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America. Prof. Montero has published articles in various peer-reviewed journals such as Comparative Politics,Journal of Politics in Latin America, West European Politics, Latin American Research Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Latin American Politics and Society. He teaches courses on Latin American politics and political economy, European and international political economy, and comparative democratization, authoritarianism and corruption. He is the director of Carleton's Latin American Studies program and also leads the off-campus seminar on European Political Economy based in Madrid, Spain and Maastricht, the Netherlands. Prof. Montero's web page

Tun Myint
Tun Myint
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Phone: x7170

Professor Myint earned his Ph.D. in 2005 from the joint program of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at IU, teaching and engaging in research on democracy and environmental governance with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. In his dissertation, he examined and analyzed the sources of the power of non-state actors (for-profit and non-profit) who influenced legal and policy transformation in the Mekong and Rhine River Basins. He served as a member of the Technical Advisory Team of the Federal Constitution Drafting Coordinating Committee of the Union of Burma, and was previously Research Fellow, Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Prof. Myint teaches Comparative Political Regimes, Southeast Asian Politics, International Relations & World Politics, International Environmental Politics & Policy, and International Institutions. Tun Myint's web page

Steven Schier
Steven Schier
Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science
Phone: x4118

Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:00, T Th 3:10-4:30

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 205/305 Issues in American Democracy, T Th 1:15-3:00 in Willis 203

Professor Schier completed his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests are primarily in American politics, including interest groups, elections, Congress, the presidency, and political parties. He is the author of several books, including: The Rules and the Game (1980), Political Economy in Western Democracies (co-edited with Norman Vig, 1985), A Decade of Deficits: Congressional Thought and Fiscal Action (1992), Congress: Games and Strategies (co-authored with Steve Frantzich, 1995), Payment Due (co-authored with former U.S. Representative Tim Penny, 1996), By Invitation Only: The Rise of Exclusive Politics in the United States (2000), and You Call This an Election? America's Peculiar Democracy (2003). He edited The Postmodern Presidency: Bill Clinton's Legacy in American Politics (2000) and High Risk and Big Ambition: The Early Presidency of George W. Bush (2004). Professor Schier can sometimes be heard on the air as political analyst for KSTP television in Minneapolis. He teaches courses in American politics and methodology. Prof. Schier's Web page

Prof. Kimberly Smith
Kimberly K. Smith
Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies
Director of Environmental Studies
Phone: x4123

Professor Smith earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and her law degree at the Boalt School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She teaches courses in constitutional law, the judicial process, American political thought, political theory, and environmental politics and policy. She has published articles in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Wisconsin Journal of Environmental Law, Women's Studies, California Law Review, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Environmental Ethics. Professor Smith's book, The Dominion of Voice: Riot, Reason and Romance in Antebellum Politics (University Press of Kansas, 1999) was awarded the 2001 Merle Curti Intellectual History Award by the Organization of American Historians. Her second book, Wendell Berry and the Agrarian Tradition: A Common Grace, was published in 2003, and her third book, African American Environmental Thought: Foundations was published by University Press of Kansas in Spring 2007. Professor Smith serves as the pre-law adviser.

Carolyn Wong
Carolyn Wong
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Off Campus: Fall 2011 through Spring 2012
Phone: x4680

Office Hours: M 2:00-4:00, T 3:00-5:00, Th 1:00-3:00

Spring Class Schedule (3/28/11-6/1/11):
POSC 230 Methods of Political Research, MW 9:50-11:00, F 9:40-10:40 in Willis 205
POSC 306 How Race Matters in American Politics, T Th 10:10-11:55 in Library 344

Carolyn Wong received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1997, after earning a Masters Degree in Technology Policy at M.I.T. She taught at Stanford University, prior to coming to Carleton. Prof. Wong's research and teaching focus primarily on the politics of race, ethnicity and immigration in the United States. Her book Lobbying for Inclusion: Rights Politics and the Making of Immigration Policy was published by Stanford University Press in March 2006. She is currently comparing the paths to political integration of Hmong and Vietnamese refugee communities in the U.S., France, and Australia. She has also carried out research about expatriate voting by citizens of El Salvador living in the United States. Her courses examine racial and ethnic politics from a cross-national comparative perspective, the political economy of immigration and social policy, and the politics of human rights for refugee populations. Prof. Wong is the department's Career Coordinator.

Steven G. Poskanzer
Steven G. Poskanzer
Professor of Political Science
Phone: x4305
Avraham Sela
Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science

Emeriti Faculty

W. Hartley Clark
Hartley Clark
Professor of International Relations, Emeritus
Phone: x4117

Professor W. Hartley Clark taught at Carleton from 1955 to 1992. He earned his B.A. at Carleton, and his M.A. and Ph.D. at New York University. His publications include: The Politics of the Common Market, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1967; "United Nations Peacekeeping Techniques in the Middle East," Journal of the Minnesota Academy of Science, Vol. XXXVI, Nos. 2 and 3, 1969-70; and "Materials for Undergraduate Study of the United Nations," American Political Science Review. XLVIII, 1 (1954).

Norm Vig
Norman J. Vig
Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology, and Society,Emeritus
Phone: x4117

Professor Vig retired in 2003 after teaching at Carleton for 37 years. He returned for winter and spring of 2005-06 to teach "International Environmental Politics and Policy" and "Comparative Political Regimes." He received his Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University. His primary training is in comparative politics (especially European). Most of his work in recent years has been on environmental policy and law and on the relationships between technology and government. He has published eleven books, including these most recently: (with M.E. Kraft, co-editor) Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-first Century, 6th ed., CQ Press, 2006; (with R.S. Axelrod and D.L. Downie, co-editors) The Global Environment: Institutions Law and Policy, 2nd ed., CQ Press, 2005; (with M. Faure, co-editor) Green Giants? Environmental Policies of the United States and the European Union, MIT Press, 2004.


Tricia Peterson
Tricia Peterson
Administrative Assistant in Political Science
Phone: x4117

Tricia earned her Bachelor's degree at Dana College, a small liberal arts school in Nebraska, and has previously worked as an office administrator in the medical and publishing fields. She is responsible for administrative duties including the department Web site. Tricia is available 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. during the academic year to assist students and faculty. The office is usually staffed until 4:30 by student workers.