Faculty

Political Science Faculty 2017-18

  • Professor of Political Science

    B.A., University of Minnesota (Minneapolis); M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Research focuses on the role of courts, rights, and litigation in public policy and politics.

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  • Associate Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Haverford College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Interested in political dimensions of human development, on policies that enhance education, employment, health, and dignity.

     

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  • Assistant Professor of Political Science

    A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan

    Studies American politics with an emphasis on race and ethnicity, public opinion, and political psychology

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  • Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Comparative political theorist, specializes in interactions between Islamic and Euro-American political thought.

     

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  • Jane Bishop '51 Associate Professor of Political Science

    A.B., University of Chicago; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

    Researching issues of international security with a specific focus on legitimacy, rising powers, and territorial conflict.

     

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  • Associate Professor of Political Science

    B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University

    Researches and teaches political theory, with a focus on grassroots organizing and the politics of race, ethnicity, and culture.

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  • Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Bill Joseph's major area of research interest is contemporary Chinese politics and ideology, particularly the radicalism of Mao Zedong and its impact on China's political and economic development.

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  • Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Barnard College; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Columbia University

    Research and teaching focuses on elections, politics, and the media.

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  • Assistant Professor of Political Science

    B.A., University of Redlands; M.A., Villanova University; M.A., Ph.D., Cornell University

    International & comparative political economy, politics & foreign policy of Russia & other post-communist states.

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  • Associate Professor of Political Science

    B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University

    My primary area of research and teaching in political science is international relations, with a focus on American foreign policy.

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  • Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science

    A.B., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

    Expert on the U.S.-Korea alliance and comparative social movements in East Asia  (democratization, women's movements, migrant workers, human rights); migration and identity politics.

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  • Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

    The politics of globalization and inequality absorb me. I study them using archives, interviews, and direct observation of international development agencies.

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  • Associate Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Lafayette College; J.D., Emory University; Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Professor of American politics and constitutional law. Research focuses on the U.S. justice system.

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Affiliated Political Scientists

  • Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies

    B.S., Università degli Studi di Firenze; M.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., University of Southern California

    Scholar and activist around issues of peace and gender.

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  • Assistant Professor of Peace & Justice Studies

    B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., Emory University

    Research on the origins of institutions among marginalized groups in anarchic systems.

     

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Emeriti Faculty

  • Norma Wilentz Hess Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Yale College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Joel Krieger is a scholar of comparative and international politics.

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  • Professor of Political Science Emerita

    B.A. Radcliffe College, Ph.D. Columbia University

    Professor of Political Science Emerita at Wellesley College

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  • Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor Emeritus of Political Science

    B.A., Carleton College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Researcher on food and agricultural policy, with a focus on farming technologies and poverty in the developing world.

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  • William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Political Science

    B.S.Tuskegee Institute, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Retired from teaching, but just released a new book entitled, The Post-Racial Society Is Here: Recognition, Critics and the Nation-State.

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  • Professor Emeritus of Political Science

    B.A. Amherst College; Ph.D. Columbia University

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  • Ralph Emerson and Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of Political Science, Emeritus

    B.A. Brown University, M.A. Princeton University, Ph.D. Princeton University

    Taught political theory courses at Wellesley. Main research field was American Political Thought.

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  • Senior Lecturer Emerita in Political Science

    B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Princeton University

    Focuses on the politics of development, inequality and democracy in Latin America.

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