The Department of Political Science has a distinguished faculty that combines research excellence with a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Several faculty members have received outstanding teaching awards, including two recipients of the Idaho Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, two University Distinguished Professors, two Golden Apple award winners and recipients of numerous other awards. Faculty research appears regularly in the discipline’s leading journals and has been supported by grants from such prestigious bodies as the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Scholar Program. Our professors have published over 25 books and more than 200 academic articles and book chapters — far more than any other Political Science Department in Idaho. In addition, various faculty members have served as consultants to federal, state, and local government agencies. Our students benefit from mentoring by our faculty; our recent students have been accepted at first-rate graduate programs and law schools across the United States — including Cornell, The University of Texas, The University of Illinois, Harvard University, The London School of Economics and Political Science, New York University, University of California: Los Angeles, The Ohio State University, Notre Dame University and Michigan State University. Click on a faculty member’s name to view their Web page. A few faculty members teach for both the Department of Political Science and the Department of Public Policy and Administration; links have been provided to faculty home pages on the Department of Public Policy and Administration website (http://sspa.boisestate.edu/publicpolicy) for your convenience. Each page provides contact information including office hours, as well as information on their research interests, biography, and example syllabi from previous courses.
Political Science Faculty
|Michael A. Allen, Ph.D.||We welcome Dr. Allen as an Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2012.
Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY)
(currently Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Missouri – Columbia).
|Ross Burkhart, Ph.D||Associate Professor, Co-Director, Canadian Studies Program, Ph.D., University of Iowa (comparative politics and international relations).|
|John Freemuth, Ph.D||Professor, Political Science Department and Department of Public Policy and Administration, Ph.D., Colorado State University (environmental policy and public administration).|
|Stewart Gardner, Ph.D||Lecturer, Jack Miller and American Founding Initiative Fellow, Ph.D., Michigan State University (Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Public Administration).|
|Lori Hausegger, Ph.D||Associate Professor, Co-Director, Canadian Studies Program, Ph.D., Ohio State University (law and judicial politics).|
|Richard Kinney, Ph.D||Professor, Department of Political Science and Department of Public Policy and Administration, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (budgeting and public policy analysis).|
|Gary Moncrief, Ph.D||Professor, Ph.D., University of Kentucky (legislative behavior, state and local government, and elections and voting behavior).|
|Gregory A. Raymond, Ph.D||Frank & Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs, Ph.D., University of South Carolina (world politics and foreign policy analysis).|
|Mike Touchton, Ph.D||Assistant Professor, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder (international/comparative political economy).|
|Justin S. Vaughn, Ph.D||Assistant Professor, Ph.D., Texas A&M University (the American presidency).
|Brian Wampler, Ph.D||Associate Professor, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin. (comparative politics, Latin America, Brazil).|
|Scott Yenor, Ph.D||Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science, Ph.D., Loyola University (political philosophy).|
If the professor you are looking for is not on the table above, check the Adjunct Faculty page.
The POLS Organizational Chart is available in a .pdf format here.