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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 SocSci 1246a 612-624-3308 Monday 2:30-4pm Education policy & methods, education reform, bureaucracy 
Mark Bell SocSci 1378 612-626-2889 Wednesday 1-3pm International security, nuclear weapons, US foreign policy
Teri Caraway SocSci 1311 612-624-3839 Wednesday 5-6pm;
By appointment
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 SocSci 1331 612-626-1672 Wednesday 12:40-2:15pm;
By appointment
Islam & politics, soviet & post-soviet political development, Central Asia & the Caucus
Cosette Creamer SocSci 1468 612-626-0213 Tuesday 2-4pm International law & institutions, empirical legal studies, international trade, human rights
Raymond Duvall SocSci 1341 612-624-7513   Critical political economy, international relations & security studies
Christopher Federico SocSci 1478 612-624-5847 Tuesday 1:30-3:30pm Political Psychology, race & politics, quantitative methods
John Freeman SocSci 1246B 612-624-6018 By appointment Political economy, international relations, methodology
Paul Goren
Department Chair SocSci 1414A 612-624-1393 By appointment Political psychology, voting behavior, public opinion
Lisa Hilbink
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies SocSci 1373 612-626-0160 Monday & Thursday 1:15-2:15pm Comparative judicial politics & constitutionalism, Latin American & Iberian politics
James Hollyer SocSci 1380 612-624-0300 Wednesday 1-3pm Patronage, corruption, transparency
Timothy R. Johnson
Associate Chair SocSci 1433 612-625-2907 Tuesday & Thursday 7-8am;
By appointment
Supreme Court oral arguments & decision making, Executive/Judiciary relations
Andrew Karch SocSci 1211 612-624-2537   Determinants of public policy choices in American politics, federalism & state politics
Daniel Kelliher SocSci 1427 612-624-1671 Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm Rural China & peasant politics, politics of the family & sex
Ronald Krebs SocSci 1233 612-624-4356 Wednesday 8:30-10:30am International relations theory, causes & consequences of war, international security, armed forces & society
Howard Lavine SocSci 1360 612-624-1389 Monday & Tuesday 2-3pm Political psychology, partisanship, personality & politics
Nancy Luxon SocSci 1350 612-625-7982   Contemporary political & social theory, French political thought
Joanne Miller SocSci 1354 612-625-8857 Tuesday 1:30-3pm  Political psychology, political participation, public opinion & survey research
Michael Minta SocSci 1337 612-626-5632 Tuesday 10am-12pm Congressional politics, race and ethnic politics, interest group advocacy
C. Daniel Myers SocSci 1474 612-624-4078 Monday 2:30-3:30pm American politics, political psychology, political communication, experimental methods, deliberative democracy
Robert Nichols SocSci 1431 612-624-2389 Monday 1:30-3pm Modern political theory, indigeneity & settler colonialism, imperialism in political thought
August Nimtz SocSci 1327 612-624-1512 Tuesday & Thursday 4:45-6:15pm Marxism, political economy, politics of race, class & ethnicity, African politics
Kathryn Pearson
Director of Graduate Studies SocSci 1439 612-626-2777 Wednesday 1:30-3:30pm US Congress, women & politics, Congressional elections
Wendy Rahn
Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies SocSci 1309 612-626-8938 Tuesday 11am-1pm Emotion in political thinking & behavior, political participation
James Ron 264 HHH 612-626-8910   NGOs, international relations, human rights
David J. Samuels SocSci 1446 612-624-9876   Brazilian & Latin American politics, U.S.-Latin American relations, democratization
Anoop Sarbahi SocSci 1466 612-624-8576 Monday & Wednesday
Ethnicity, civil war, post-conflict transition, counter-insurgency
Paul Soper
Director of Programs in Political and Civic Engagement (Internship Director) SocSci 1480 612-626-1002 Wednesday 9-10am;
By Appointment
American political thought, state government
Jane Sumner SocSci 1472 612-626-7825 Wednesday 1:30-3:30pm Quantitative methodology, political economy, multinational corporations
Joan Tronto SocSci 1435 612-625-7217 Tuesday & Thursday 11:15am-1:15pm;
By appointment
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  
Asli Calkivik SocSci 1339 612-301-1212  
Giovanna Dell'Orto 204 Murphy Hall 612-626-2951  
Christina Ewig      
Catherine Guisan SocSci 1333 652-297-9313  
Zenzele Isoke 437 Ford Hall 612-626-8954  
Lawrence Jacobs 137 Humphrey School 612-625-3384  
Herbert Kritzer 326 Mondale Hall 612-626-4035  
Kati Mohammad-Zadeh SocSci 1280 612-625-3533  
Fionnuala Ni Aolain 334 Mondale Hall 612-624-2318  
Robin Phinney SocSci 1325 612-625-6103 Monday & Wednesday 8:30-9:30am
Francis X. Shen 330 Mondale Hall 612-625-5328  
Shaul Shenhav SocSci 1209 612-626-2906 Monday 4:30-5:30pm
Joe Soss 261 Humphrey School 612-626-9865  
David Wilkins 330 Scott Hall 612-624-1634  

Emeriti Faculty

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


Name Email Office Phone Office Hours
Tim Collins SocSci 1282  612-624-2569 Monday & Wednesday 9-10am
David Temin SocSci 1282 612-624-2569 Monday 3-5pm

Graduate Student Instructors

Name Email Office Office Hours
Christopher Stone SocSci 733 Tuesday 9:30-11:30am
Sergio Valverde SocSci 733 Wednesday 5-6pm