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Department of Political Science

The study of politics – an ancient discipline – emerged alongside our earliest societies and governments. Today, its scholars collect data and make scientific observations to describe, explain and predict the political phenomena that are so central to questions of leadership and governance.

Our goal is to provide a rigorous political science education, with a strong basis in liberal arts and technology, that enables students to better understand today’s political world and how political forces may be harnessed to improve communities, our nation and the world.

Faculty
Brian Frederick
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science
Summer Street House, Room 105
Tel:
508.531.2445
Email: brian.frederick@bridgew.edu

Professor Frederick specializes in the field of American politics. He teaches classes in campaigns and elections, public opinion, political parties and interest groups, women and politics, undergraduate research methods and data analysis for public administration. His research focuses on the U.S. Congress, women and politics and campaigns and elections. He is author of the book Congressional Representation and Constituents: The Case for Increasing the House of Representatives. His research has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, Women, Politics and Policy, Judicature, Justice System Journal, Politics and Policy, American Review of Politics and numerous edited volumes. Professor Frederick also serves as a Research Fellow with the Bridgewater State University Center for Legislative Studies.

Degrees

BS, MacMurray College
MA, University of Illinois at Springfield
PhD, Northern Illinois University

Jordon Barkalow
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Summer Street House, Room 201
Tel:
508.531.2231
Email: jbarkalow@bridgew.edu

Dr. Barkalow is the Assistant Director of the Honors Program. Professor Barkalow teaches courses in Political Theory and American Government. His current research agenda focuses on the changing understandings of American citizenship and the effect of these changes on principles of constitutional design and the nature of the American political system. Elsewhere, Professor Barkalow has research interests in Ancient and Modern Political Theory. He has published in Political Research Quarterly, has a forthcoming book chapter, and has presented numerous papers at professional conferences. Professor Barkalow is currently working on a book manuscript that argues for a commercial understanding of American citizenship in contrast to Christian, republican, and other liberal theories of citizenship.

Degrees

BA, Pacific University
MA, PhD, University of Houston

Kevin P. Donnelly
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Summer Street House, Room 202
Tel:
508.531.2442
Email: kevin.donnelly@bridgew.edu

Dr. Donnelly teaches courses in American Government, state and local government, and public policy, and graduate courses in public personnel and program evaluation. His research interests are in the areas of American politics, language in politics, and health and social welfare policy. Professor Donnelly recently co-authored a book titled Foreign Remedies: What the Experience of Other Nations Can Tell Us about Next Steps in Reforming U.S. Health Care with David Rochefort. He has also published in the Journal of Policy History, Harvard Health Policy Review, and Medicine and Health Rhode Island, and presented numerous papers at professional conferences. Professor Donnelly's current research focuses on the language of political actors involved in advancing policy ideas and interests.

Degrees

BS, Providence College
MA, University of Rhode Island
PhD, Northeastern University

Erica Frantz
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Summer Street House, Room 102
Tel:
508.531.2528
Email: erica.frantz@bridgew.edu

Professor Frantz specializes in authoritarian politics, with research interests that bridge the fields of Comparative Politics and International Relations. She has regional expertise in Latin America and the Middle East. She has written two books on dictatorship with Natasha Ezrow, The Politics of Dictatorship: Institutions and Outcomes in Authoritarian Regimes and Dictators and Dictatorships: Understanding Authoritarian Regimes and Their Leaders, as well as a number of journal articles and book chapters on autocratic rule. She is also part of a collaborative and ongoing project coding autocratic regimes, the data for which can be found on her web site.

Degrees

BS, University of California in Santa Barbara
PhD, University of California in Los Angeles

Mark Kemper
Associate Professor of Political Science; Assistant Director of Legislative Studies
Summer Street House, Room 205
Tel:
508.531.2796
Email: mkemper@bridgew.edu

Dr. Kemper teaches courses on American Politics, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Theory and Process, Model United States Senate, and Mock Trial and Moot Court. He serves as a pre-law advisor for Bridgewater State University and as the faculty advisor to the BSU Pre-Law Club. In 2004 Professor Kemper was recognized as the University's Advisor of the Year. In addition, Dr. Kemper is the Assistant Director of the Center for Legislative Studies and co-hosts the Center's monthly cable television public affairs show, Commonwealth Politics. Professor Kemper's current research agenda focuses on the selection of state and federal judges, affirmative action policies in higher education admissions, the impact of courts on bureaucracies, and the historical evolution of free speech doctrine in the United States. Dr. Kemper has presented numerous papers at professional conferences, published an article in The Journal of Politics, and authored several book chapters and encyclopedia entries.

Degrees

BA, Northern Illinois University
MA, PhD, Ohio State University

Michael Kryzanek
Professor of Political Science; Director of Global Studies; Executive Director of International Engagement
Maxwell Library, Room 330
Tel:
508.531.2318
Email: mkryzanek@bridgew.edu

Michael Kryzanek has been a member of the Political Science Department since 1973. He currently serves as executive director of the University's Center for International Engagement. Dr. Kryzanek is a specialist in Latin American politics and U.S.-Latin American relations and has written five books on the region. Dr. Kryzanek is also the former editor of the Bridgewater Review, the faculty magazine of Bridgewater State University. Dr. Kryzanek has published a book entitled Angry, Bored, and Confused: A Citizen Guide to American Politics, and a text in the area of comparative government entitled Comparative Politics: A Policy Approach. A fourth edition of his book U.S.-Latin American Relations will be published in 2008. Professor Kryzanek has recently published a new book entitled Debates, Differences and Divisions: The 25 Issues That Shape American Politics (Longman Publishers). Professor Kryzanek is the recipient of the Lifetime Faculty Achievement Award, The Class of 1950 Distinguished Faculty Research Award and the Dr. V. James DiNardo Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Kryzanek's blog, Commentary from the Commonwealth, can be reached at http://polisciprof.wordpress.com.

Areas of Expertise

Latin American politics
U.S.-Latin American relations

Deniz Z. Leuenberger
Associate Professor of Political Science; Coordinator of MPA Program
Summer Street House, Room 101
Tel:
508.531.6125
Email: dleuenberger@bridgew.edu

Dr. Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger is an Associate Professor of Political Science/Public Administration, coordinator of the MPA Program, and the co-coordinator of the BSU Center for Sustainability. She is the former Faculty Director of the Institute for Regional Development and the chair of the Center for Legislative Studies Global Citizen Leadership and Education program at Bridgewater State University. Her mission is to assist citizens and public, non-profit, and non-governmental agency leaders by providing them with tools to increase community environmental sustainability, to improve resource use efficiency, and to integrate outcomes measurement in decision making. Professor Leuenberger specializes in sustainable development, public sector economics, public budgeting and finance, and non-profit and non-governmental organization management. She also teaches courses in the areas of research methods, urban community and economic development, and public and non-profit management. She is an active member of ASPA, and PAT-Net. She has served on the boards of ASPA's Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration, and the Section for Women in Public Administration. She is the past chair of the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration. She has recently published articles on sustainable development, strategic planning, and caring labor in Administrative Theory and Praxis, Public Works and Management Policy, State and Local Government Review, PA Times, and in the Public Manager. She is the co-author, with John R. Bartle, of the book Sustainable Development in Public Administration.

Degrees

BA, Midland College
MPA, PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Shaheen Mozaffar
Professor of Political Science
Summer Street House, Room 203
Tel:
508.531.2291
Email: smozaffar@bridgew.edu

Professor Mozaffar teaches courses in Comparative Politics and International Relations. His professional work combines academic research with public policy. His academic research focuses on the application of institutional analysis to the comparative study of democratization, ethnopolitics, constitutional design, electoral systems, democratic governance, conflict management, and African politics. A recipient of a National Science Foundation research grant, he is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on the colonial state, regime change, ethnopolitics, democratization, political parties, electoral systems, the choice and consequences of new democratic institutions in Africa, and US democracy assistance policy. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics Studies, Electoral Studies, International Negotiations, International Political Science Review, Journal of Legislative Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Political Parties and Representation (UK). Professor Mozaffar is a co-Principal Investigator of the African Legislatures Project, a collaborative project between the BSU Center for Legislative Studies and the Democracy in Africa Research Unit of the Center for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town. He is a Research Fellow of the African Studies Center at Boston University, a Research Fellow of the BSU Center for Legislative Studies, and a Research Fellow of the Center for Social Science at the University of Cape Town. Professor Mozaffar was a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria.

In his public policy work, Professor Mozaffar has served as a consultant to the USAID Africa Bureau on institutional design and democratic governance. During the 1999-2000 academic year, he served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Diplomacy Fellow at USAID, where he worked on democracy and human rights issues in Latin America. He was also a member of the US delegation to the Organization of American States election observation team for the legislative elections in Haiti in May 2000. He was a member of an international panel of experts on electoral systems established by the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division for the Fiji Constitutional Review Commission. In 2005, he served as a member of an international team of experts appointed by Elections Canada to assist the International Mission for Iraqi Elections assess the Transitional National Assembly Elections in January 2005, the Constitutional Referendum in October 2005, and the Iraqi Council of Representative Elections in December 2005, which he also monitored and observed in Baghdad. Most recently, Professor Mozaffar was invited by the Naval Postgraduate School to deliver its Regional Security Education Program lectures on US strategic interests in Africa and country briefings to Navy personnel on deployment.

Degrees

BA, MA, Bowling Green State University
PhD, Miami University in Ohio

Sandra Popiden
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Summer Street House, Room 106
Tel:
508.531.2814
Email: sandra.popiden@bridgew.edu


Dr. Popiden teaches classes in Globalization and Global Governance, International Relations, Comparative Government, U.S. Foreign Policy, and American Politics. Her substantive interests include U.S. national security policy, the politics of the Middle East, the international political economy, civil wars, and transnational problems in international security. Her current research agenda lies at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics. The focus of her research is on economic globalization and intra-state political violence.

Areas of Expertise

International Relations
Comparative Politics

Degrees

BA, Loyola Marymount University
MA, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara

George Serra
Professor of Political Science; Director of Legislative Studies
Summer Street House, Room 103
Tel:
508.531.2417
Email: gserra@bridgew.edu

Professor Serra served as department chair from 2004 to 2014.  His teaching and research interests focus on legislative and electoral behavior, congressional representation of minority interests, presidency and executive politics, and policy implementation. Dr. Serra is a 2003-2004 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and has published articles in leading political science journals, including The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Party Politics, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Congress and the Presidency, and Electoral Studies.

Degrees

BA, MA, PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Melinda Tarsi
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Summer Street House, Room 105
Tel:
508.531.2404
Email: melinda.tarsi@bridgew.edu

Melinda Tarsi specializes in the field of American politics with research interests in veterans' benefit policies and politics, American political development, race and ethnicity in political behavior and representation, and public opinion. Dr. Tarsi is also a Fellow with the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, as well as an Associate Director for UMass Poll at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her book project, which focuses on the politics of veterans' benefit policies in the twentieth century, has been supported by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation's Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies, the Roosevelt Institute, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute. Dr. Tarsi teaches courses on American politics, policy, public opinion, and public administration.

Degrees

BA, Western Connecticut State University
MA, University of Massachusetts Amherst
PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Part-time Faculty
Jodie Drapal Koretski
Visiting Lecturer and Director of Certified Public Manager Program
Summer Street House, Room 204
Tel:
508.531.2404
Email: jkluver@bridgew.edu

Jodie Drapal Koretski has served over 25 years within the nonprofit sector in a variety of roles and with a myriad of organizations. Within her academic career, she has served as a core faculty member teaching courses in public and nonprofit management and is currently serving as the director of the Massachusetts Certified Public Managers program at Bridgewater State University. Her research has centered on the public and nonprofit sector, citizen engagement and voluntary action, informal associations, and organizational behavior. She has presented her work at both national and international public and nonprofit sector conferences and has published research articles in Public Administration Review, Administrative Theory & Practice, Public Manager, and PA Times. Over the past several years she has been actively involved with service learning communities on campus, served on the National Service Learning Conference Planning Committee, and incorporates service learning/experiential learning within her classroom design. She is also actively involved in the greater community as an educational consultant with a number of nonprofit and governmental organizations, as an instructor/presenter for nonprofit education programs, and as a director of development for a local arts and culture organization.

Degrees

BS, University of Nebraska Lincoln/Omaha
MPA, ABD, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Edward J. Valla
Visiting Lecturer
Summer Street House
Tel:
508.531.1387
Email: edward.valla@bridgew.edu

Dr. Valla is currently employed full-time as an intelligence analyst specializing in international and domestic terrorism with FBI's Boston Field Office.  He has served in that capacity for almost fourteen years.  Additionally, he retired as a Major from the U.S. Army Reserve after a twenty year career as a military intelligence officer.  His final assignment before retiring was teaching at the Joint Millitary Intelligence College, now the National Defense Intelligence College.  There he taught graduate courses in national security studies, counterterrorism, and analytical methodology.  At Bridgewater, Dr. Valla teaches Terrorism and National Security and The Government and Politics of Eastern Europe.  Dr. Valla is a member of the International Studies Association and the International Association for Intelligence Education.

Degrees

PhD, University of Connecticut
MA, University of Massachusetts Amherst
BA, Bridgewater State University

Staff
Sharon Hines
Administrative Assistant I
Summer Street House
Tel:
508.531.1387
Email: shines@bridgew.edu
Department Chair
Dr.
Brian Frederick
Tel:
508.531.2445
Administrative Assistant I
Sharon Hines
Tel:
508.531.1387
Coordinator of MPA Program
Dr.
Deniz Z. Leuenberger
Tel:
508.531.6125
Director of Global Studies and Executive Director of International Engagement
Dr.
Michael Kryzanek
Tel:
508.531.2318

The department offers a BA in Political Science, with the option of choosing one of four areas of concentration. We also offer a minor in political science, an interdisciplinary minor in civic education and community leadership, and a graduate MPA program.

Our political science programs prepare students to be leaders in public, nonprofit and/or government positions. Students will also develop a strong background in history, economics, mathematics, literature, the arts and the sciences, and will be well-qualified to enter the fields of journalism, business, social welfare, teaching, law and information technology.

Department of Political Science
Summer Street House
508.531.1387


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