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Greg Marfleet Profile
Chair of Political Science
Professor of Political Science

Office Hours: W 2:00-3:30, Th 2:00-3:30, F 2:20-3:30

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 170 International Relations & World Politics, MW 12:30-1:40 & F 1:10-2:10 in Willis 204

Professor Marfleet completed his PhD 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.

Barbara Allen
Barbara Allen Profile
Professor of Political Science

Office Hours: M-Th by appointment (sign up on Moodle)

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 214 Visual Representations of Political Thought & Action, T Th 10:10-11:55 in Weitz 235

Professor Allen completed her PhD 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.

Hicham Bou Nassif
Hicham Bou Nassif Profile
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Off Campus: Fall 2017 through Spring 2018

Office Hours: Tu 12:30-2:30, W 11:00-1:00 & by appointment

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 246 Politics of the Middle East II, T Th 10:10-11:55 in Weitz 233

Professor Bou Nassif completed his PhD at Indiana University, Bloomington. He also holds a Doctorate of International Law from the Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon, Law School.  He has taught at Indiana University as well as at the Université Libanaise, Lebanon, Law School and the Université La Sagesse, Lebanon, Department of Political Science. He was a field reporter for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) and has worked as an editorial assistant for The American Political Science Association (APSA) Perspectives on Politics. Professor Bou Nassif is a native speaker of Arabic, is fluent in English and French, and reads and writes Farsi. His research interests include civil-military relations; authoritarian regimes; civil wars and ethnic conflicts; and Middle East politics. He has done field work in Egypt, Tunisia, and Syrian refugee camps in Turkey and Lebanon. Professor Bou Nassif posts information and articles of interest on his Facebook page Eye on the Middle East.

Laurence Cooper
Laurence Cooper Profile
Professor of Political Science
Off Campus: Fall 2017

Office Hours: Tu&W 1:00-3:30 & by appointment                   

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 160.01 Political Philosophy, MW 9:50-11:00 & F 9:40-10:40 in Willis 211
IDSC 251.02 Windows on the Good Life, Th 3:10-4:55 in Willis 203

Professor Cooper received his PhD from Duke University. Most of his research has addressed the question of human flourishing—what it is, how we can know what it is (if indeed we can know), what it requires from education and politics, and the risks that arise from misunderstanding it.  In addition to a number of 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). His present research is an inquiry into the possibility of popular enlightenment.  Professor Cooper teaches courses in ancient and modern political philosophy. 

Mihaela Czobor-Lupp
Mihaela Czobor-Lupp Profile
Associate Professor of Political Science
Off Campus: Spring 2018

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

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 160.02 Political Philosophy, Tu Th 10:10-11:55 in Weitz 133
POSC 359 Cosmopolitanism, Tu Th 1:15-3:30 in Weitz 136

Mihaela Czobor-Lupp holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Bucharest (Romania). Professor Czobor-Lupp’s current research program focuses on the relationship between religion and politics, as well as on the idea of care and its implications for politics.  Her paper, “Herder on the Emancipatory Power of Religion and Religious Education,” is forthcoming in The Review of Politics (Spring 2017). Professor Czobor-Lupp is the author of Imagination in Politics: Freedom or Domination? (Lexington Books, 2014). Her work has been published in Contemporary Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, and numerous other English and Romanian peer-reviewed journals. Besides the introductory classes to political philosophy, she teaches classes on post-modern political thought, imagination, memory, and politics, cosmopolitanism, religion and politics, the relationship between power and freedom.

Bryan Daves
Bryan Daves Profile
Visiting Instructor in Political Science

Office Hours: TuTh 10:00-11:45 in Weitz Atrium; W 1:30-3:30 in Willis 404

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 230 Methods of Political Research, Tu Th 8:15-10:00 in Weitz 138
POSC 120 Democracy & Dictatorship, Tu Th 1:15-3:00 in Weitz 233

Bryan Daves has served as clinical assistant professor of political science at Yeshiva University, visiting senior member of St. Antony’s College at Oxford University, and visiting lecturer at Princeton University. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan, and has received USIA fellowships to the American Institute for Maghrib Studies and the American Center for Oriental Research. Professor Daves' research interests include the political economy of development, north-south economic relations, new institutional economics, and politics of the Middle East and North Africa. He has published articles in several journals and edited volumes, including Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs and The Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East


Melanie Freeze
Melanie Freeze Profile
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office Hours: M W 1:15-3:00, T Th 1:00-3:00

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 122.01 Politics in America: Liberty & Equality, MW 8:30-9:40 & F 8:30-9:30 in Willis 204
POSC 226 Political Psychology, MW 11:10-12:30 & F 12:00-1:00 in Willis 211

Melanie Freeze received her PhD in Political Science from Duke University. Her research explores topics of partisan identification, motivated reasoning, polarization, and the quality of public opinion. Professor Freeze  has recently published in American Politics Research and is involved in other active research projects ranging from the role of voice pitch in candidate evaluations to how bias and identity threats shape the public's political attitudes and behaviors. She teaches the introductory U.S. politics course; political psychology; parties, interest groups and elections; as well as methods of political research. 


Kent Freeze
Kent Freeze Profile
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Off Campus: Spring 2017

Kent Freeze earned his PhD at Duke University. His dissertation, developed from field research experience in rural China, explored the intersection between the politics of inequality and behavior: Why do citizens have the preferences they do over government redistribution and how do governments respond to those preferences? He is also active in other research projects involving measuring the nature of citizen-elite democratic linkages, and the calculation of empirical measures of vertical and horizontal redistribution using the detailed income survey data of the Luxembourg Income Study. Professor Freeze has taught at Wesleyan University, Wake Forest and Duke University. He supervised DukeEngage in Beijing, an undergraduate service abroad program that placed undergrads at a school for the children of migrant workers on the outskirts of Beijing. Professor Freeze is fluent in Mandarin. He teaches seminars on inequality, political economy of China and Chinese politics, as well as methods of political research.

Devashree Gupta
Dev Gupta Profile
Associate Professor of Political Science
Off Campus: Spring 2017

Devashree Gupta received her PhD 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.  She has published her work in Mobilization, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Politics, and Comparative European Politics. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the dynamics of radicalization and competition in nationalist movements as well as smaller projects on social movement coalitions as well as the political engagement of diaspora and immigrant communities in Europe. She teaches the introductory class in comparative politics as well as courses on social movements, comparative nationalism, ethnic conflict, religion and politics, and research methods. Prof. Gupta is the coordinator of the international relations track.

Richard Keiser
Richard Keiser Profile
Professor of Political Science

Office Hours: M 3:35-4:35, W 11:30-12:15, F 3:35-4:35

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
AMST 267 Utopia, Dystopia & Myopia, MW 1:50-3:00 & F 2:20-3:20 in Weitz 231

Professor Keiser received his PhD 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. In 2006 he was a Visiting Professor in the Denmark International Study program (DIS) in Copenhagen.  His current research examines the electoral and sociological significance of suburbanization in the United States, the synchronous development of gated communities and slums across the capitalist world, progressive and regressive urban economic development strategies, and the institutions of direct democracy in the US and Europe.  Recent publications have focused on sports stadium-led downtown development and both city and state-level opposition to this strategy.  Prof. Keiser teaches the introductory course on liberty and equality in America, as well as courses on the international political economy of cities, the political economy of global tourism, and public policy courses on the American education and health care systems. Prof. Keiser's web page

Al Montero
Alfred Montero Profile
Director of Advising and Faculty Diversity Recruitment
Director of Political Economy
Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science

Office Hours: M 10:30-12:00, Th 1:00-3:00; or by appointment on Skype

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 221 Latin American Politics, MW 1:50-3:00 & F 2:20-3:20 in Weitz 233

Professor Montero received his PhD in 1997 from Columbia University. He is the Senior Editor of Latin American Politics and Society, a leading, refereed journal in its field. Prof. Montero’s current research program focuses upon the evolution of the developmental state and its variants in South America. He teaches courses on comparative and international political economy, Latin American and West European politics, comparative democratization, authoritarianism, and corruption, and global public health. He is the author of several books, including Brazil: Reversal of Fortune (Polity Press, 2014), Brazilian Politics: Reforming a Democratic State in a Changing World (Polity Press, 2006), and Shifting States in Global Markets: Subnational Industrial Policy in Contemporary Brazil and Spain (Penn State Press, 2002). He is co-editor with David Samuels of Decentralization and Democracy in Latin America (University of Notre Dame, 2004). Prof. Montero has published articles in various peer-reviewed journals such as Comparative Politics, the Journal of Politics in Latin America, West European Politics, the Journal of Development Studies, Latin American Research Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, and Latin American Politics and Society.    Prof. Montero's web page

Tun Myint
Tun Myint Profile
Associate Professor of Political Science

Office Hours: TuTh 10:00-11:30

Spring Class Schedule (3/27/17-5/31/17):
POSC 333 Global Social Changes & Sustainability, Tu Th 1:15-3:00 in Willis 211

Professor Myint earned his PhD 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 The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at IU, teaching and engaging in research on democracy and environmental governance with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. His research examines the role of individuals and groups in the dynamic relationship between social changes and global environmental changes with the focus on democracy, development, globalization, and sustainability.  His publications have appeared in Ecology & Society, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Legal Issues in Burma Journal, and Perspectives on Politics.  He is the author of Governing International Rivers: Polycentric Politics in the Mekong and the Rhine.  Professor Myint 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 of Asia Policy Program, a joint program of the National Bureau of Research and Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Prof. Myint teaches Comparative Political Regimes, Southeast Asian Politics, International Relations & World Politics, International Environmental Politics & Policy, Approaches to Development, International Institutions, and Global Social Changes & Sustainability. Tun Myint's web page 

Jon Olson
Jon Olson Profile
Visiting Instructor in Political Science

Jon Olson is a retired commander in the U.S. Navy.  His 21 years of service as an intelligence officer included over three years of sea duty on aircraft carriers and large-deck amphibious assault ships; direct support to military operations in Iraq, Somalia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, East Timor, The Philippines, and Afghanistan; and staff tours at U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Navy Staff in the Pentagon.  His intelligence specialization was Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and he is a CIA-trained case officer.  His final tour of duty included serving as a diplomat as the U.S. Naval Attaché in Helsinki, Finland.  Jon now serves as an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University, teaching in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and he holds positions as President of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association – Upper Midwest Chapter, and Board Chair for Metro Blooms (metroblooms.org).  He has co-authored two fiction political/military/thriller novels with his friend David Bruns – Weapons of Mass Deception, and Jihadi Apprentice – and various screenplays, including one on the Falklands War of 1982.  Jon earned a Bachelor of Science in History from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1990, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in 2004.  He and his wife Melissa live in Webster, MN on their five-acre hobby farm where they care for their six rescue dogs.

Steven Poskanzer
Steven Poskanzer Profile
Professor of Political Science

Steven G. Poskanzer became Carleton's 11th president in August, 2010.  A scholar of higher education law, Poskanzer’s research focuses on issues of academic freedom and how colleges and universities seek to achieve educational goals in a complex legal and policy environment.  At each institution where he has worked, Poskanzer has also made a point of teaching students in the classroom.  Before coming to Carleton, he held senior administrative and academic positions at both private and public universities, most recently as President of SUNY New Paltz. President Poskanzer received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1980 and a law degree from Harvard University in 1983.  President Poskanzer's web page

Steven Schier
Steven Schier Profile
Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science

Professor Schier completed his PhD 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: By Invitation Only: The Rise of Exclusive Politics in the United States (2000), You Call This an Election? America's Peculiar Democracy (2003), and Panorama of a Presidency: How George W. Bush Acquired and Spent his Political Capital (2009). He edited The Postmodern Presidency: Bill Clinton's Legacy in American Politics (2000), High Risk and Big Ambition: The Early Presidency of George W. Bush (2004), Transforming America: Barack Obama in the White House (2011), and coedited of The American Elections of 2008 (2009), American Government and Popular Discontent: Stability Without Success (2012) coauthored with Todd Eberly, and The American Elections of 2012, edited by Janet Box-Steffensmeier and Steven E. Schier. Professor Schier has been appointed a Fulbright Distinguished Professor of American Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden for January-June 2014. He 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 Retirement Event/Send your memories   Prof. Schier's Web page

Prof. Kim Smith
Kimberly Smith Profile
Director of Environmental Studies
Professor of Environmental Studies and Political Science

Spring Class Schedule (1/4/17-3/10/17):
ENTS 110 Environment & Society, MW 1:50-3:00 & F 2:20-3:20 in Leighton 402

Professor Smith earned her PhD 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. Her first 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.  African American Environmental Thought: Foundations, published by University Press of Kansas in Spring 2007, and named “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice Magazine in 2008.   Her other titles include Wendell Berry and the Agrarian Tradition: A Common Grace (University Press of Kansas, 2003), Governing Animals: Animal Welfare and the Liberal State (Oxford University Press, 2012), and articles published in the Journal of Political Philosophy, Women's Studies, Environmental Values, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics and Environmental Ethics, and the Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment.

Emeriti Faculty

W. Hartley Clark
Hartley Clark ’52 Profile
Professor of International Relations, Emeritus

Professor W. Hartley Clark taught at Carleton from 1955 to 1992. He earned his B.A. at Carleton, and his MA and PhD 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).

Norman Vig
Norman Vig ’61 Profile
Winifred and Atherton Bean Professor of Science, Technology, and Society,Emeritus

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 PhD 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 eighteen books, including Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-first Century, 9th ed., co-edited with Michael Kraft (2015).


Tricia Peterson
Tricia Peterson Profile
Administrative Assistant in Political Science

Tricia earned her Bachelor's degree at Dana College, and has worked as an office administrator in the medical and publishing fields. She is responsible for administrative duties including the department Web site. She is available 8:00-3:30 during the academic year to assist students and faculty.