The Department of Political Science and International Studies has a dedicated and varied full-time and part-time faculty with unique academic and professional backgrounds. We strive to give our students the kind of practical knowledge that can be used in both academic and professional settings.

We hire faculty who have both academic and professional experience in their area of expertise. For example, we have practicing attorneys teaching many of our law courses, a local elected official teaching state and local politics, and a retired foreign service officer teaching diplomacy and Model United Nations.

Our faculty have active research agendas in the areas of political theory, international relations, and American politics and also work closely with students who wish to pursue research agendas and present papers at academic conferences.

Core Faculty

Alison Howard

Alison Howard, MA
Department Chair, Assistant Professor. Academic Area: American Politics
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Location: Guzman Gazebo A

Christian Dean

Christian Dean, PhD
Professor and Pre-Law Advisor. Academic Area: Political Science
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Location: Guzman Gazebo A

Gigi Gokcek

Gigi Gokcek, PhD
Professor. Academic Areas: International Relations and Comparative Politics
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Location: Guzman Gazebo C

Affiliated Faculty

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James Boitano, PhD, Professor Emeritus. Academic Areas: Political Philosophy and Asian Thought
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Eric Sinrod

Eric Sinrod, JD Adjunct Instructor. Academic Areas: Internet Law, Environmental Law, and International Law
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