2024-2025 University Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog

Politics (POL)


HONORS: An Honors Program in politics is offered for qualified students. Politics majors who have at least a 3.500 grade-point average in the major and at least a 3.300 cumulative grade-point average at the end of their junior year qualify to write an honors thesis. Prospective honors candidates should contact the department head and potential thesis advisers in the fall of their junior year.

Department Head: Lucas E. Morel


First date is the year in which the faculty member began regular faculty service at the University. Second date is the year of appointment to the present rank. 

Brian Alexander, Ph.D.—(2017)-2023
Associate Professor of Politics
Ph.D., George Mason University

Joseph M. Cantey Jr., Ph.D.—(2014)-2020
Associate Professor of Politics
Ph.D., Duke University

Stuart J. Gray, Ph.D.—(2015)-2021
Associate Professor of Politics
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Rebecca C. Harris, Ph.D.—(2005)-2018
Professor of Politics
Ph.D., University of Illinois

Robin LeBlanc, Ph.D.—(1998)-2008
William Lyne Wilson Professor of Political Economy
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Lucas E. Morel, Ph.D.—(1999)-2009
John K. Boardman Jr. Professor Politics
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School

Mark E. Rush, Ph.D.—(1990)-2002
The Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Director of International Education
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Sheahan Virgin, Ph.D.—(2024)-2024
Assistant Professor of Politics
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Clyde Y. Wang, Ph.D.—(2023)-2023
Assistant Professor of Politics
Ph.D., Boston University