Professor of Political Science
Office Hours:Zoom by appointment on M 2:00-4:00 p.m., T 6:00-8:00 p.m., W 11:00-2:00 p.m.
Other days by prior arrangement
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 283 Separatist Movements ONL T, Th 1:45-3:30
POSC 358 Comparative Social Movements MMOD T, Th 10:20-12:05 Leighton 236
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. Her book Protest Politics Today (Polity Press, 2017) explores the dynamics of radicalization and competition in nationalist movements as well as smaller projects on social movement coalitions and the political engagement of diaspora and immigrant communities in Europe. She has published her work in Mobilization, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Politics, and Comparative European Politics. Professor Gupta teaches the introductory class in comparative politics as well as courses on social movements, comparative nationalism, ethnic conflict, religion and politics, and research methods.
Office Hours: M-Th via Zoom by appointment
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 204/304 Media and Electoral Politics: 2020 US Election ONL T & Th 10:20 – 12:05
POSC 220 Politics and Political History in Film ONL T & Th 8:15 – 10:00 a.m.
POSC 223 Lab in Electoral Politics (second 5 weeks) ONL T & Th 1:45 – 3:30
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.
Charisse Burden-Stelly completed her PhD in African Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. She holds an MA in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Political Science and in African and African American Studies from Barrett Honor College at Arizona State University. Her scholarship traverses Africana Studies, Critical Theory, Political Theory, and Political Economy with a substantive focus on antiradicalism, anti-blackness, and state-sanctioned violence; globalization and economic development; and epistemologies of Black Studies.
Office Hours: By appointment via Zoom
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 254/354 Freedom, Excellence, Happiness: Aristotle’s Ethics
MMOD T & Th 1:45-3:30, Willis 204
IDSC 251.01 Windows on the Good Life ONL M 7:00- 9:30 p.m.
IDSC 251.02 Windows on the Good Life HYB W 2:30-3:40 in Weitz 230
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.
Office Hours: M & W 2:15-5:00 CDT via Zoom and by appointment.
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 160 Political Philosophy ONL M, W 1:00-2:10 & F 1:50-2:50
POSC 276 Imagination in Politics: Resisting Totalitarianism ONL T & Th 10:20-12:05
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 is the author of Imagination in Politics: Freedom or Domination? (Lexington Books, 2014) and The Mirror and The Shadow. E.T.A. Hoffmann: The Phenomenology of the Romantic Ego (Univers, 1998). She also co-edited with J. Stefan Lupp, Moral, Legal, and Political Values in Romanian Culture (The Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, DC, 2002). Her work has been published in The Review of Politics, Contemporary Political Theory, European Journal of Political Theory, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, and numerous other peer-reviewed journals in English and Romanian. Currently, Professor Czobor-Lupp works on two projects. In one of them she explores, through a comparative discussion of Hannah Arendt and the Romanian Jewish writer, Mihail Sebastian, the ability of thinking to counteract extreme politics and ideologies. In the other project, she explores the possibilities of reimagining the idea of Europe from within places, such as the Balkans, which are at the edge of Europe and on its periphery and are characterized by an unsettling, ambiguous, and creative in-betweenness and hybridity. Besides the introductory classes to political philosophy, Professor Czobor-Lupp teaches classes on post-modern political thought, imagination, memory, and politics, cosmopolitanism, religion and politics, the relationship between power and freedom.
Christina Farhart completed her PhD at the University of Minnesota in August 2017 in the fields of American politics and political methodology, with a minor in political psychology. She holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology, as well as an MA in Political Science from Colorado State University and an MA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. Prior to her graduate work at the University of Minnesota, she worked for the National Science Foundation in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences and as a grant coordinator for the American Educational Research Association. Professor Farhart’s research interests are anchored in political participation and civic engagement, utilizing theories from political science, psychology, and mass communication. Her dissertation work focuses on political disaffection and learned helplessness in contemporary political contexts related to conventional and unconventional political behavior, as well as consequential political attitudes and beliefs. Her research also includes the use of alternative methodologies to study electoral behavior and political attitudes, e.g., implicit candidate evaluations and better-informed models to explain political participation and voter turnout. Beyond her dissertation work, she and her coauthors are studying the political and psychological explanations for conspiracy endorsement and political misinformation.
Office Hours: Mondays 2:30PM – 4:30PM & Thursdays 8:30AM – 11:30AM by appointment
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 170 International Relations and World Politics ONL M, W 1:00-2:10 & F 1:50-2:50
POSC 242 Middle East Politics MMOD M, W 10:00-11:10 & F 9:50-10:50 in Willis 204
Summer Forester completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at Purdue University in December 2017. Upon graduation, Forester joined the Purdue Policy Research Institute where she worked on a Gates Foundation funded project that examines the role of women’s movements and transnational feminist activism in promoting women’s economic empowerment around the world. She will offer new courses for 2019-2020, including “Feminist Security Studies” and “Rebels and Risk Takers: Women and War in the Middle East.” Additionally, Forester will teach “International Relations and World Politics” and “Middle East Politics.”
Forester’s current book project (based on her award-winning dissertation), Security Threats and The Policy Agenda: Understanding State Action on Women’s Rights in the Middle East, explains how militarism and security issues affect the adoption of women’s rights in semi-authoritarian regimes. Using both statistical analyses and primary data collected during 18 months of fieldwork as a Fulbright scholar in Jordan, her work shows how debates about women’s rights are informed by the security context in which policymakers and activists work. She has presented her research at domestic and international conferences, including the European Conference on Politics and Gender held in Amsterdam in July 2019. Forester’s work has appeared in Feminist Review and Global Environmental Politics.
In addition to her work in Jordan, Forester conducted fieldwork for her post-doctoral project in Morocco, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania during the spring and summer of 2019. Forester interviewed parliamentarians, directors of women’s rights organizations, lawyers, activists, and members of women-run cooperatives about land rights, equality in employment laws and practices, and financial inclusion. These interlocutors discussed both the opportunities for and barriers to advancing economic justice for women in their communities and around the world. Findings from Forester’s fieldwork will be part of a larger book project – written in collaboration with scholars from Simon Fraser University and Purdue University – that includes analyses of feminist mobilization and economic empowerment in 127 countries from 1975 – 2015.
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.
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Schedule via Google Calendar by clicking here.
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 315 Polarization, Parties and Power F2F T & Th 10:20-12:05 in Willis 204
Melanie Freeze received her PhD in American Political Science from Duke University. Her research explores topics of political parties, party identification, motivated reasoning, polarization, and the quality of public opinion. Professor Freeze has published in American Politics Research and has recently produced a book chapter on the Independence Party of Minnesota (forthcoming in The “Other” Parties: Minor Political Parties in Contemporary American Politics). She is also involved in other active research projects exploring the negative side-effects of misinformation warnings, polarization’s influence on third-party candidate entry, and interpersonal political conversations. During the 2019-20 academic year, she will teach the introductory U.S. politics course, political psychology, money and politics, political parties and polarization, as well as methods of political research.
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
Office Hours: 12:00-1:00pm M,W & F in office, & by appointment either online or in person.
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 122 Politics in America: Liberty and Equality MMOD
Kristin (“Krissy”) Lunz Trujillo’s interests lie within public opinion, political behavior, and political psychology, particularly in the context of the United States. More specifically, her research focuses on what drives rural political attitudes and behavior in the contemporary U.S., including an investigation into the role of contextual economic decline, place-based social identity, race, and class. In other words, she argues that rural attitudes are not white working class attitudes, in contrast to their assumed equivalence in academia, the media, and popular culture. In addition, Krissy also researches health misinformation endorsement and correction, and well as health policy, and has published this work in journals such as Political Research Quarterly and Social Science & Medicine. Krissy is currently finishing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and is a Carleton alum from the class of 2012.
Dorothy H. and Edward C. Congdon Professor of Political Science
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday on Zoom 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. by appointment.
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 100 Society in Silico HYB M, W 10:00-11:10 & F 9:50-10:50 in Weitz 235
POSC 230 Methods of Political Research MMOD M, W 1:00-2:10 & F 1:50-2:50 in Weitz 235
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. Professor Marfleet is the coordinator of the International Relations track.
Office Hours: By appointment, schedule on Slack chat.
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 120 Democracy and Dictatorship ONL M, W 11:30-12:40 & F 11:20-12:20
Eric Mosinger is a student of Latin American history and contemporary politics. His research focuses on factional politics within revolutionary organizations such as Nicaragua’s Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, as well as mass protest and nonviolent civil resistance to dictatorship. More broadly, his research and teaching interests include comparative politics, conflict processes, and post-conflict legacies of violence. He will teach POSC 120: Democracy and Dictatorship in winter term 2019 and POSC 221: Latin American Politics in spring 2020. He previously taught at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mosinger’s work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research (“Brothers or Others in Arms? Civilian Constituencies and Rebel Fragmentation in Civil War”) and Security Studies (“Balance of Loyalties: Explaining Rebel Factional Struggles in the Nicaraguan Revolution”). He has also written an article on simulating conflict processes in the classroom for PS: Political Science and Politics. His current research project, which he is co-authoring with Kai Thaler and two Macalester students, Diana Paz García and Charlotte Fowler, investigates the role of historical memory in sparking Nicaragua’s 2018 civic rebellion. He also serves as a country expert for the Jones Day law firm in its efforts advocating for Nicaraguan political refugees seeking asylum in the United States.
Mosinger has previously been a Herbert F. York Global Security Fellow with the University of California Institute on Global Conﬂict and Cooperation and a Kugelman Fellow at the University of California, Irvine. He graduated from Wesleyan University with undergraduate degrees in history and anthropology, and completed his PhD in political science at the University of California, Irvine.
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10:00 – Noon and by appointment.
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 280 COVID-19 and Globalization F2F T, Th 10:20-12:05 in Weitz 235
POSC 361 Approaches to Development F2F T, Th 1:45-3:30 in Leighton 402
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
Office Hours: T & Th 10:00-12:00(noon) by appointment in Weitz, Zoom or Skype by appointment.
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 201 Tools of National Power: Statecraft and Military Power
F2F 1st 5 weeks at T & Th 8:15-10:00 in Weitz 236
Jon Olson is a retired commander in the U.S. Navy. His 21-year career included duty aboard aircraft carriers and large deck amphibious ships, participation in numerous operations around the world, including Iraq, Bosnia, and Afghanistan, and service in the U.S. Navy in strategic-level clandestine Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collection operations as a CIA-trained case officer. His final assignment before retirement was as the U.S. Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki, Finland. He earned his MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island in March 2004, finishing with highest distinction, and completed his Master of Public Affairs degree from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota in August 2018. Commander Olson has previously taught in the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice at Metropolitan State University. At Carleton, he teaches “The U.S. Intelligence Community,” “Terrorism and Counterterrorism,” “Intelligence, Policy and Strategy, and Conflict,” and “Studies in Weapons of Mass Destruction.” He also recently served as president of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association–Upper Midwest Chapter, and as board chair for the Minneapolis-based environmental non-profit Metro Blooms. He is currently the vice president of the Minnesota Council of the Navy League of the United States. He has co-authored three novels, Weapons of Mass Deception, Jihadi Apprentice, and the soon-to-be-released Rules of Engagement. He and his wife Melissa live in Webster, Minnesota on their five-acre hobby farm where they care for their fruit trees and their five rescue dogs.
Office Hours: M, W, F 9:00 – 11:00, or by appointment; virtual meetings preferred.
Fall Class Schedule:
POSC 272 Constitutional Law I F2F M, W 11:30-12:40 & F 11:20-12:20 in Olin 141
ENTS 215 Environmental Ethics F2F M, W 2:30-3:40 & F 3:10-4:10 in Olin 141
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.
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).
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
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).
Director of Advising
Frank B. Kellogg Professor of Political Science
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
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