• Priorities of Women Voters

    Women are not a monolith, and their voting patterns reflect that. Prof. Susan Roberts discusses similarities and differences among women voters and the issues that take priority for most.

    Susan Roberts
    Susan Roberts
  • Exodus from Horn of Africa

    Political and economic conditions cause refugees from the Horn of Africa to seek asylum in Europe and North America. The exodus is occurring despite economic growth in Ethiopia and signs of slight economic revival in Somalia.

    Ken Menkhaus
    Ken Menkhaus
  • China's Rise

    Prof. Shelley Rigger explains how China's power is increasing worldwide—in its political influence, economy, and military. And the country's rapid growth has complicated things for Taiwan.

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    Shelley Rigger
  • Why did the Arab Spring Begin in Tunisia?

    No one expected the Arab Spring to begin in Tunisia. Prof. Chris Alexander covers the four critical changes that have taken place in the country over the last decade which lead to the uprising.

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    Chris Alexander
  • War on Drugs

    Much of the conflict in the war on drugs occurs in Latin America, challenging governmental relations and leading to some pushback. Prof. Russell Crandall says hemispheric relations are further complicated as news spreads of U.S. states legalizing marijuana, while at the same time the U.S. is demanding aggressive efforts by Latin American countries to combat drugs.

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    Russell Crandall

Faculty & Staff

Our research and teaching interests are in the fields of public policy, political behavior, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations. We engage and mentor students in our research and topic areas of interest to students. As a political science major you will develop a sophisticated understanding of political ideas, institutions, and behavior as well as an ability to critically analyze public policy issues.

Peter Ahrensdorf

Peter Ahrensdorf
Ph.D. University of Chicago

I'm the James Sprunt Professor of Political Science and an affiliated professor of classics. My teaching focuses on the history of political and moral theory.

Chris Alexander

Chris Alexander
Ph.D. Duke University

My teaching focuses on international relations. I also direct the Dean Rusk International Studies Program.

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Scott Boddery
Ph.D. Binghamton University
J.D. Florida State University College of Law

I teach courses in public law, political psychology, and American politics. My research focuses on the judicial behavior, empirical legal studies, and experimental design and analysis.

Graham Bullock

Graham Bullock
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

I teach courses and conduct research on American and environmental politics; the environmental social sciences; the politics of information; citizens, consumers, and the environment; and environmental challenges in Asia.

Besir Ceka

Besir Ceka
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

I teach courses in international relations and comparative politics with a particular focus on European politics and international organizations. My research examines the causes and consequences of political trust and satisfaction with democracy in European states.

Britta Crandall

Britta Crandall
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

My teaching and research interests converge on contemporary Brazil and the Southern Cone. In my courses, I emphasize the strong connection between politics and economics.

Russell Crandall

Russell Crandall
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, International Relations

I involve students in my research and work on articles and books in the area of international politics. As a student, you have the opportunity to have a transformational education and the opportunity for that is great at Davidson.

Ken Menkhaus

Kenneth Menkhaus (Chair)
Ph.D. University of South Carolina, International Studies

I've taught political science at Davidson since 1991, my courses focus on international studies, while my research specializes on the Horn of Africa.

Maren Milligan

Maren Milligan
Ph.D. University of Maryland, Government and Politics

My teaching, research and policy work focus on institutional design and identity, especially religious and ethnic identity in the Greater Middle East/Islamic World.

Andrew O'Geen

Andrew O'Geen
Ph.D. Stony Brook University

My research and teaching interests are in American political institutions and judicial politics. I teach courses in American politics including our two constitutional law classes as well as research methods and statistics.

Shelley Rigger

Shelley Rigger
Ph.D. Harvard University, Government 

The focus of my teaching, research and public service is East Asian politics. 

Susan Roberts

Susan Roberts
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

I teach courses on the presidency, Congress, parties, campaigns, and interest groups.

Ron Schmidt

Ron Schmidt
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

My teaching and research are focused on racial and ethnic politics in the United States, and the politics of immigration.

Pat Sellers

Patrick Sellers
Ph.D. Duke University

I have a long history with Davidson, first as a student and now as a professor, dean, and vice president. My research and teaching interests include American politics, Congress, statistics, the news media, and theories of persuasion.

Brian Shaw

Brian Shaw
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Political Science

I've been teaching at Davidson for more than 30 years. The focus of my research and political science courses is political philosophy.

Staff

Meredith Mumma

Meredith Mumma
Administrative Assistant
B.A. Mount Holyoke College

I manage the combined Economics and Political Science department office, monitor budgets, and provide administrative support to faculty and special programs.