Political Science Faculty
David A. Armstrong, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Assistant professor concentrating on quantitative methodology, internal state violence and democracy
Ivan Ascher, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
Assistant professor specializing in modern political and social theory.
Robert J. Beck, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Georgetown University
Associate professor specializing in international relations, international law, and foreign policy.
Sara C. Benesh, Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Associate professor concentrating on the United States Courts of Appeals and in their relationship with the U.S. Supreme Court, Supreme Court decision making, decision making on the state courts of last resort, lower state and federal court behavior.
Grace Chikoto, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Public Policy, Georgia State University & Georgia Institute of Technology
Assistant professor concentrating on policy research methods, public policy, nonprofit theory, leadership and management, international NGOs, nonprofit financing, and evaluation research.
Kathleen Dolan, Professor
Ph.D, University of Maryland
Professor concentrating on voting and elections, mass political behavior, and women and politics.
Kennan Ferguson, Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Ph.D., University of Hawai'i
Associate professor specializing in Political Theory.
Uk Heo, Professor
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Professor concentrating in international relations, Asian politics, the political economy of defense, and research methods.
Thomas M. Holbrook, Professor and Chairperson
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Professor concentrating in U.S., voting behavior and elections, and state politics.
Shale Horowitz, Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Professor specializing in International Political Economy, International Relations and Comparative Politics.
Douglas Ihrke, Professor
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
Professor who teaches in the Department of Political Science, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, and in UWM's interdisciplinary Urban Studies program.
Erin B. Kaheny, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Assistant professor specializing in judicial politics and public law.
Mordecai Lee, Professor
Ph.D., Syracuse University
Professor who teaches in the Department of Political Science and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program focusing on the public administration, governmental affairs and nonprofit management.
Theodore Meckstroth, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Associate professor concentrating in political theory and methodology.
Joel Rast, Associate Professor
Director, Center for Economic Development
Co-Director, Brownfields Research Consortium
Coordinator, Internship Program
Ph.D., University of Oregon
Associate professor specializing in urban politics, urban economic development, environmental justice, and sustainable development in urban settings.
Steven B. Redd, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Associate professor specializing in foreign policy decision making, international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and political psychology.
Paru R. Shah, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Rice University
Assistant Professor specializing in race and politics, urban politics, and public policy.
Jennifer K. Smith, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Yale University
Assistant professor specializing in comparative politics (advanced democracies/Western Europe), parties and other political organizations, campaigns and elections, and qualitative methods.
Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Assistant professor specializing in comparative politics (Brazil/Latin America), policy diffusion, social sector reforms, and gender and politics.
Michael Tofias, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Duke University
Assistant professor specializing in American politics, Congress, parties, campaigns and elections, the presidency, statistical methods, game theory and computational political economy.