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Our faculty are dedicated to the creation and transmission of knowledge about politics and political science. The department promotes original research, creative teaching, and public service in and outside the discipline of political science. 

We value distinguished disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, teaching, advising, publicly engaged scholarship, and civic education that disseminate knowledge and skills about politics and political science to widely diverse audiences.

The Department of Political Science draws upon visiting lecturers, scholars, and professors who bring their expertise in many areas of study. Graduate students come from all over the world and occupy a unique position as both students and graduate assistants/instructors who bring their diverse research interests to their teaching. Staff members with many years of experience provide professional support to faculty and students and offer unique research and internship opportunities. Together faculty, graduate students, and staff are dedicated to providing students with the support they need to learn and excel in today’s political world.

Core Faculty

Name Email Office Phone Office Hours Specialties
Scott Abernathy 1246A Social Sciences Building 612-624-3308   Education policy & methods, education reform, bureaucracy 
Mark Bell 1378 Social Sciences Building 612-626-2889   International security, nuclear weapons, US foreign policy
Teri Caraway
Director of Undergraduate Studies 1311 Social Sciences Building 612-624-3839   Comparative political economy of labor, Southeast Asian politics, gender & comparative politics
John Coleman 215 Johnston Hall 612-624-2871   Political parties, campaign finance, elections
Kathleen Collins 1331 Social Sciences Building 612-626-1672   Islam & politics, soviet & post-soviet political development, Central Asia & the Caucus
Cosette Creamer 1468 Social Sciences Building 612-626-0213   International law & institutions, empirical legal studies, international trade, human rights
Raymond Duvall 236 Morrill Hall 612-625-2286   Critical political economy, international relations & security studies
Tanisha Fazal 1333 Social Sciences Building 612-624-8261   Sovereignty, international law, armed conflict, medical care in conflict zones
Christopher Federico 1435 Social Sciences Building 612-625-7217   Political psychology, race & politics, quantitative methods
John Freeman 1246B Social Sciences Building 612-624-6018   Political economy, international relations, methodology
Paul Goren
Department Chair 1414A Social Sciences Building 612-624-1393   Political psychology, voting behavior, public opinion
Lisa Hilbink 1373 Social Sciences Building 612-626-0160   Comparative judicial politics & constitutionalism, Latin American & Iberian politics
James Hollyer 1380 Social Sciences Building 612-624-0300   Patronage, corruption, transparency
Timothy R. Johnson 1433 Social Sciences Building 612-625-2907   Supreme Court oral arguments & decision making, executive/judiciary relations
Andrew Karch
Director of Graduate Studies 1211 Social Sciences Building 612-624-2537   Determinants of public policy choices in American politics, federalism & state politics
Daniel Kelliher 1427 Social Sciences Building 612-624-1671   Rural China & peasant politics, politics of the family & sex
Helen M Kinsella 1325 Social Sciences Building 612-625-6103   International relations, international law, political theory, feminist theory
Ronald Krebs 1233 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4356   International relations theory, causes & consequences of war, international security, armed forces & society
Howard Lavine 1360 Social Sciences Building 612-624-1389   Political psychology, partisanship, personality & politics
Nancy Luxon 1350 Social Sciences Building 612-625-7982   Contemporary political & social theory, French political thought
Michael Minta 1337 Social Sciences Building 612-626-5632   Congressional politics, race and ethnic politics, interest group advocacy
C. Daniel Myers 1474 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4078   American politics, political psychology, political communication, experimental methods, deliberative democracy
Robert Nichols 1431 Social Sciences Building 612-624-2389   Modern political theory, indigeneity & settler colonialism, imperialism in political thought
August Nimtz 1327 Social Sciences Building 612-624-1512   Marxism, political economy, politics of race, class & ethnicity, African politics
Kathryn Pearson
Associate Chair 1439 Social Sciences Building 612-626-2777   US Congress, women & politics, congressional elections
Wendy Rahn 1309 Social Sciences Building 612-626-8938   Emotion in political thinking & behavior, political participation
James Ron 264 Humphrey School of Public Affairs 612-626-8910   NGOs, international relations, human rights
David J. Samuels 1446 Social Sciences Building 612-624-9876   Brazilian & Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, democratization
Anoop Sarbahi 1466 Social Sciences Building 612-624-8576   Ethnicity, civil war, post-conflict transition, counter-insurgency
Paul Soper
Director of Programs in Political and Civic Engagement (Internship Director) 1480 Social Sciences Building 612-626-1002   American political thought, state government
Jane Sumner 1472 Social Sciences Building 612-626-7825   Quantitative methodology, political economy, multinational corporations
Joan Tronto 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395   The politics of care, feminist politics, theories of democracy

Affiliated Faculty & Department Members

Name Email Office Phone Office Hours
Eugene Borgida N387 Elliot Hall 612-625-3381  
Giovanna Dell'Orto 204 Murphy Hall 612-626-2951  
Christina Ewig 255 Humphrey School of Public Affairs 612-625-1884  
Catherine Guisan 1282 Social Sciences Building 612-624-2569  
Zenzele Isoke 437 Ford Hall 612-626-8954  
Lawrence Jacobs 137 Humphrey School of Public Affairs 612-625-3384  
Herbert Kritzer 326 Mondale Hall 612-626-4035  
Kati Mohammad-Zadeh 1375 Social Sciences Building 612-626-8910  
Fionnuala Ni Aolain 334 Mondale Hall 612-624-2318  
Robin Phinney 130 Humphrey School of Public Affairs 612-625-6103  
Francis X. Shen 330 Mondale Hall 612-625-5328  
Joe Soss 261 Humphrey School of Public Affairs 612-626-9865  
Jessica Stanton 153 Humphrey School of Public Affairs 612-626-0728  
Benjamin Toff 227 Murphy Hall 612-625-4381  
David Wilkins 330 Scott Hall 612-624-1634  
Josef Woldense 878 Social Sciences Building 612-624-0122  

Emeriti Faculty

Name Email Office Phone
William Flanigan 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
Edwin Fogelman 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
Virginia Gray   1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
Robert Holt 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
Samuel Krislov   1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
Robert Kvavik 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
Martin Sampson 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
Thomas Scott 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
W. Phillips Shively 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
Kathryn Sikkink 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395
John Sullivan 1460 Social Sciences Building 612-624-4395


Name Email Office Phone Office Hours
Joshua Anderson 1280 Social Sciences Building 612-625-3533  
Tim Collins 1280 Social Sciences Building 612-625-3533  

Graduate Student Instructors

Name Email Office Phone Office Hours
Garrett Johnson 1208 Social Sciences Building   T Th 4-5pm
Maria Mendez Gutierrez 737 Social Sciences Building   W 3-4pm
Hannah McVeigh 1214B Social Sciences Building   T 1-2pm
Qais Munhazim 737 Social Sciences Building    
Ivan Juca 737 Social Sciences Building   M 1-2pm
Logan Stundal 1214A Social Sciences Building   Th 1-2pm
Farrah Tek 737 Social Sciences Building   Th 2:30-4:30pm