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Calfano, Brian Robert

Assistant Professor

1201 Crosley Tower



Brian Calfano (Ph.D., University of North Texas) teaches experimental design, research methods, and politics and media. He conducts research on marginalized groups, political information use, religion and politics, and journalistic coverage of political events.

Brian is the co-author of God Talk: Experimenting with the Religious Causes of Public Opinion (Temple University Press, 2013) and A Matter of Discretion: The Political Behavior of Catholic Priests in the U.S. and Ireland (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). He has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles in numerous journals including Political Research Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Behavior, Social Science Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, and PS: Political Science and Politics.

Brian's experience in applied politics includes serving as policy advisor for the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission. He is also a political reporter and producer for Nexstar Broadcasting Group.

Green, Brendan R

Assistant Professor

1103 Crosley Tower



Assistant Professor

Harknett, Richard J

Department Head

1101 Crosley Tower



Dr. Harknett is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Department. He holds an afffilate faculty position with the Department of Information Technology at UC and a professorial lectureship at the Diplomatic Academy Vienna, Austria, where he served as Fulbright Professor in 2001. In 2017, he served as inaugural Fulbright Professor in cyber studies at Oxford University, UK and in 2016 as the first Scholar-in-Residence at United States Cyber Command and NSA. His publications and research interests focus on international relations theory and international security studies with his most recent work focused on cybersecurity. His government service has also included the State of Ohio's Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council through appointment by the Governor of Ohio.

Jenkins, Laura Dudley

Professor of Political Science, Faculty Affiliate Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies

1114 Crosley Tower



Laura Dudley Jenkins' research focuses on social justice policies in the context of culturally diverse democracies, including India, Indonesia, South Africa, and the United States. Her current research is on historical and contemporary mass conversions and the politics of religious freedom in India. Her forthcoming book, Leaps of Faith (Penn Press 2019), reveals how “religious freedom” arguments and laws have actually undermined the religious freedom of women, lower castes, and religious minorities. As President of the South Asian Muslim Studies Association, she works to connect scholars from different disciplines and regions to create conference panels and exchange ideas. She is on the Executive Council of APSA’s Religion and Politics Section. 

Jenkins' book Identity and Identification in India: Defining the Disadvantaged (Routledge, 2003, 2009) examines competing demands for affirmative action on the basis of caste, religion, class, and gender and the ways the government identifies recipients through the courts, census and official certificates. Her research as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in South Africa and India resulted in Affirmative Action Matters: Creating Opportunities for Students Around the World, co-edited with Michele S. Moses (Routledge 2014).

In her articles, she analyzes religious freedom and conversion, competing minorities’ claims for affirmative action, colonial and contemporary government anthropology, the role of social science in anti-discrimination law, reserved legislative seats for women, and the role of culture and the arts in sustainable development. Her book chapters examine religious family law, mass religious conversion as protest, comparative affirmative action, minority rights, historically Dalit colleges, and anxious secularism. In addition to two Fulbrights, she has received fellowships from the Dartmouth Humanities Center and the United States Institute of Peace.

Select publications:
Affirmative action matters: Creating opportunities for students around the world. (with Michele S. Moses). New York: Routledge, 2014.
Coauthor of the following chapters in Affirmative Action Matters:
  • With Michele S. Moses. “National vicissitudes in higher education affirmative action policies.”
  • With Michele S. Moses, Christina Hong Paguyo, and Laurel Wei. “Assessing affirmative action programs on six continents.”
  • With Kavita A. Sharma. “India: Beginning a new debate on reserved admissions for castes, tribes and ‘Other Backward Classes.’”
  • With Rudi Kimmie. “South Africa: Affirming affirmative action through university alternate access programs.”
  • With Michele S. Moses. “Affirmative action matters: Social justice in the era of diversity.”
Identity and Identification in India: Defining the Disadvantaged. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon 2003, reissued in paperback by Routledge 2009.http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415560627/

With Jenn Dye. “Women and Development.” In Michael T. Snarr and D. Neil Snarr, eds. Introducing Global Issues (6th edition). Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2016.

With Rina Williams. “Secular anxieties and transnational engagements in India.” In Marian Burchard, Mattias Middel, and Monika Wohlrab-Sahr, eds. Multiple Secularities Beyond the West: Religion and modernity in the global age. de Gruyter, 2015, pp. 19-38.

Lewis, Andrew

Assistant Professor

1102 Crosley Tower



Professor Lewis's research interests are at the intersection of law and politics in America. He is particularly interested in legal advocacy, rights politics, First Amendment law, religious political behavior, and the engagement of religious groups in politics and law. Professor Lewis's areas of expertise are conservative politics and religion and politics, with a focus on evangelical political engagement. His research engages the fields of political behavior, law and courts, interest groups, law and society, and religion and politics.

Professor Lewis's research has appeared in many social science journals. He also has a book about the growth of rights politics within conservative Christianity under contract Cambridge University Press that should be released in Fall 2017. Professor Lewis also occasionally contributes to FiveThirtyEight, as well as other media outlets. 

In addition to his research, Professor Lewis is the Book Review Editor at Politics & Religion, the academic journal for the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. He is also the director and creator of the Legal Studies Certificate at UC.

Mewhirter, Jack Michael

Assistant Professor

Crosley Tower



Mistry, Dinshaw J.

Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies

1108 Crosley Tower



  Dinshaw Mistry is professor of political science and Asian studies at the University of Cincinnati. He has also been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center; the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University; and the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. He specializes in international relations, security studies, Asian security, and technology and politics. Within these fields, his research covers two main areas: nuclear and missile proliferation, and South Asian security and US foreign policy in the region. 
  Dr. Mistry is author of two major books. The first, Containing Missile Proliferation, is a comprehensive study of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and its impact on 14 missile programs; it also analyzes the supply-side approach to nonproliferation. The second, The US-India Nuclear Agreement, offers the most detailed analysis of nuclear negotiations with India; it highlights the impact of domestic politics on nuclear diplomacy. His additional writings appear in journals such as International SecuritySecurity StudiesAsian SurveyPolitical Science Quarterly, and Arms Control Today, and in the International Herald TribuneNew York Times, and Washington Post
  Dr. Mistry's current research projects examine regional nuclear challenges and the global arms control regime; the new dimensions of missile proliferation and missile defense; and US-India strategic relations and their implications for Asian security. 
  At the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Mistry directed the program in Asian Studies, and also developed and administered the academic programs in security studies.

Mockabee, Stephen T

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

1107 Crosley Tower



Stephen T. Mockabee is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati. His research interests include elections, public opinion, survey research methodology, and religion and politics.  His work has appeared in a variety of professional journals such as Political Research Quarterly, Political Analysis, Political Behavior, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Politics and Religion, as well as in numerous edited volumes. His research on poll workers, conducted in collaboration with colleagues at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University, where he has served as a visiting scholar, was funded by the Pew Center on the States' Make Voting Work project. Prof. Mockabee currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and has served as Program Chair of the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.  His recent research has examined public opinion about human origins and the teaching of evolution in public schools.  Prior to joining the faculty at Cincinnati, he served for several years as a research associate of the Center for Survey Research at Ohio State University.

Moore, Thomas G.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, and Affiliated Faculty, Asian Studies Program

1104 Crosley Tower



Niven, David

Assistant Professor

1122 Crosley Tower



David Niven (Ph.D., Ohio State University) teaches American politics and conducts research on campaigns, political communication and death penalty policy. David is the author of several books including The Politics of Injustice: The Kennedys, The Freedom Rides and the Electoral Consequences of a Moral Compromise (University of Tennessee Press) and has published research in numerous journals including the Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Polity, Social Science Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly,  and the Journal of Black Studies. David's experience in applied politics includes serving as the speechwriter for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and for Martin O'Malley's campaign for president.

Parr, Adrian

Professor and Director of The Charles Phelps Taft Research Center; Department of Political Science & School of Architecture and Interior Design; UNESCO Water Chair (PhD, Monash University)



PhD Monash University (AU) 2002 – Philosophy and Cultural Studies
MA Deakin University (AU) 2000 – Department of Politics & Philosophy
BA (First Class Honors Philosophy) Deakin University (AU) 1998
Cultural politics, environmental politics, political philosophy, feminist philosophy, water justice, contemporary continental philosophy.
Professor (Political Science and the School of Architecture and Interior Design)
Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center & Chair of Taft Faculty, University of Cincinnati
Faculty – Environmental Studies, Political Science; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Philosophy; and Judaic Studies

UNESCO co-chair Water Access and Sustainability

Visiting Professorial Fellow – iCinema, the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Runyan, Anne Sisson

Professor, Department of Political Science and Faculty Affiliate, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1204 Crosley Tower

(513) 556-6652


Anne Sisson Runyan, Professor of Political Science and a faculty affiliate of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati (UC), holds a PhD in International Relations from The American University, Washington, DC. She formerly headed the Department of Women's Studies and also served as the Interim Faculty Chair and Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at UC. She previously founded and directed women’s studies programs at the State University of New York at Potsdam and at Wright State University, where she also held appointments in political science and chaired the Department of Politics at SUNY Potsdam. She has taught in Canada and Europe, including serving as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in North American Integration at York University in Toronto and a visiting scholar and fellow at the University of Amsterdam, and studied and guest lectured in many parts of the US and the world, including most recently Mexico and Egypt..A pioneer in the field of feminist international relations and a recipient of the Eminent Scholar Award from the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Section of the International Studies Association, her books include Global Gender Issues (four editions, fifth in progress under the title Global Gender Politics), Gender and Global Restructuring (two editions), and Feminist (Im)Mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America. She has published widely in journals and volumes on many aspects of feminist world politics,and is currently developing a book on feminist critiques of nuclear colonialism. She serves on a range of editorial boards and is an associate editor of and book review link editor for the International Feminist Journal of Politics for which she organized and hosted its fifth annual conference culminating in a special edition she is guest-editing, In addition to her experience heading five academic departments and programs and a major endowed research center which funds faculty and student research and scholarly events in thirteen liberal arts departments, she has been a leader in several professional organizations, including the International Studies Association, the National Women's Studies Association,and the American Association of University Professors and has directed or co-directed several externally- and internally-funded collaborative research, international exchange, curricular, conference, and speaker projects, currently co-directing a gender equity study for the City of Cincinnati. She has also chaired and/or served on countless campus governance bodies. For her achievements as a feminist researcher, leader, administrator, organizer, and fundraiser, she has received numerous university, college, and department awards for outstanding scholarship and service. She has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses particularly in the areas of feminist global political economy and security studies, feminist political and international relations theory, and transnational feminism at multiple institutions as well as chaired and/or served on many MA and PhD committees and was a recipient of the Society of Women in International Political Economy Mentor Award.

Sanders, Rebecca

Assistant Professor, Political Science; Affiliate Faculty, WGSS

1115 Crosley Tower



Website: https://www.rebeccasandersphd.com

Dr. Sanders’ research agenda lies at the intersection of international law, international security, and human rights. Her current project examines the complex and often contradictory role of legal and normative constraints in shaping contentious post-9/11 American interrogation, detention, "targeted killing," and surveillance practices. She is particularly concerned with the legitimizing and immunizing functions of legal argument and the reciprocal effects such processes have on the rule of law. 

Dr. Sanders is also developing new research on international norm contestation in global politics, which explores backlash against the international women's rights agenda at the United Nations and beyond.

Williams, Rina

Associate Professor of Political Science; Affiliate Faculty, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies

1118 Crosley Tower



Rina Verma Williams received her A.M and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, and B.A. (Political Science) and B.S. (Chemistry) from the University of California at Irvine. She teaches in the Departments of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Political Science. Her areas of specialization include South Asian politics; women and gender; ethnicity and nationalism; religion and politics; and politics of the developing nations. Her first book, Postcolonial Politics and Personal Laws: Colonial Legal Legacies and the Indian State, was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. Her current research examines the role of women and gender in religious nationalism in Indian politics. Before coming to UC, she taught in Virginia and Texas.

Wolfe, Joel D


1117 Crosley Tower



Educator Faculty

Conger, Kimberly Horn

Asst Professor - Educator

1208 Crosley Tower



Ivanov, Ivan Dinev

Assistant Professor Educator, Director of Undergraduate Studies

1121 Crosley Tower



Dr. Ivan Dinev Ivanov has taught at the University of Cincinnati, Georgetown College and Muskingum University. His primary areas of teaching and research interests are international relations and comparative politics with focus on international security, alliance politics and NATO. Also, his regional focus is Europe and the Middle East, as well as various aspects of international cooperation, politics of transition and economic development. His book entitled "Transforming NATO: new allies, missions and capabilities" was published by Lexington Books/ Rowman & Littlefield Publishers in 2011 (paperback, April 2013, Chinese edition 2014). Author's update is posted here. For additional information and recent updates about his research, please visit Dr. Ivanov's Academia.edu webpage.
Dr. Ivanov also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies and works with International Affairs and Political Science majors transferring to UC, planning to study abroad, as well as students pursuing Certificate in Security Studies. He is also primary contact person in the Political Science Department for questions related to requirements for graduation, semester conversion and study abroad. Dr. Ivanov was awarded the 2012 Sarah Grant Barber Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award at the University of Cincinnati. Updated information about his course offerings and office hours is available here. For list of other advisors and their office hours, please visit the department advising webpage. Detailed information about our programs and specific programmatic requirements is available on the Undergraduate Advising Portal. Make sure to review the documents and videos before signing up for an appointment. If you are interested to complete academic credit for your internship, visit the Internship for Academic Credit page for more information. Note that you need to obtain permission to register for POL 4090 (offered in the Fall).

Dr. Ivanov leads a study abroad program on International Institutions and Global Governance (POL 2097) which takes students to Brussels and the Hague. The program will be offered again in Spring 2019 via the University Honors Program. For up-to-date information please visit the program's webpage (note that the application deadline for 2019 is early September 2018).

Please, visit his webpage if you need a letter of recommendation or click here for detailed instructions. Master students who need a reader for their MA thesis or professional paper should click here for more information about my rules and expectations.

Dr. Ivanov won the May 2017 e-Learning Champion award for his use of Echo 360 lecture capture and engagement software in the POL 1080 Introduction to International Relations. Here is more information about the award. Below is a link to his interview in McMicken Monthly (January 2012) featuring his book on NATO: Q&A: Ivan Dinev Ivanov, Political Science – NATO Changed But Still Relevant. His current research on NATO partnerships and smart defense was profiled in UC

Adjunct Faculty

Anderson, Jane

Adjunct Associate Professor, Political Science



Klein, Albert William

Asst Professor - Adj

Crosley Tower



Al's concentrations are in international relations and comparative politics.

Sinha, Manisha

Asst Professor - Adj

1222 Crosley Tower



Umphres, William P

Asst Professor - Adj Ann

1221 Crosley Tower



Affiliate Faculty

Blevins, Jeffrey Layne

Head, Department of Journalism & Associate Professor

22 B McMicken Hall



Dr. Blevins is an Associate Professor and Head of the Journalism Department.  Tenured in the Department of English & Comparative Literature, he also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Communication, and Department of Political Science.  His Scholarship is grounded in U.S. telecommunication law and policy and engages critical political economy theory.  Dr. Blevins' published research has examined media ownership regulation, First Amendment jurisprudence on media ownership regulation, Internet media policy and the politics of the telecommunication policymaking process.  He has provided expertise on electronic media regulation and Federal Communications Commission policymaking to international, national, regional and local news media.  In 2009 Dr. Blevins served as a federal grant reviewer for the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program administered by the National Telecommunication and Information Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He is a frequent opinion-editorial columnist for major news outlets, including USA Today, The Cincinnati Enquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other venues.

Doarn, Charles R

Research Professor of Family and Community Medicine; Director of Telemedicine

4453B Medical Sciences Building

(513) 558-6148


Charles Doarn is a Research Professor in Family and Community Medicine with additional academic appointments in Environmental Health and Political Science at UC, Aerospace Medicine at Wright State, and Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. He is currently on loan as a Special Assistant to the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. He serves as co-chair of FedTel for the US Government. Professor Doarn is a Fulbright Specialist with the US Department of State and has worked closely with Macedonia and other Balkan countries in the area of telemedicine.  Mr. Doarn also serves as the Executive Secretary of the Multilateral Medical Policy Board for the International Space Station, where he supports the senior medical officers of the International Partners (US, Russia, Canada, Europe, and Japan). His expertise in in telemedicine, telehealth, informatics, medicine in extreme environments, and global and international health. Professor Doarn recently completed a 4 year effort on developing a multinational telemedicine system for disasters in collaboration with NATO, Romania, Finland, Moldova, and Ukraine.

Professor Doarn serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal since 2005. Professor Doarn is a recognized leader in telemedicine as a scholar and teacher, having published 2 books, over 342 manuscripts, editorials, federal reports and 36 book chapters on telemedicine and space medicine. Professor  Doarn is editor or associate editor on several books related to Space Medicine and telemedicine in disasters.

Professor Doarn is also a key faculty member in UC's MPH program where he teach 3-4 graduate courses per year and advises graduate students and medical students in areas including global health, public health informatics, and e-health.

Professor Doarn was recognized by the American Telemedicine Association as the 2016 Individual Leadership awardee.

Downing, Kimberly

Administrative Official III




Kimberly Downing, Ph.D. is Co-Director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati and Affiliated Research Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Cincinnati.  Research expertise in public opinion research/survey research, social/behavioral research methods and public policy process and research. Her research specialty is in the area of understanding public opinion about public policy issues.  Most recently her research has focused on public opinion about organ donation and state policy changes affecting organ donation.  Downing received her doctorate in Political Science from Rutgers University.

Rademacher, Eric

Administrative Official III




Storrs, Colleen McTague

Assistant Professor

Colleen McTague is an urban political geographer and earned her M.A. (1999) and Ph.D. (2004) in geography from the University of Cincinnati. For the past eight years she has studied the geography of local elections, focusing on the "neighborhood effect" (an influence operating in the immediate local context affecting voter political choice) and the impact and influence of social networks on voter behavior within the milieux of families, friends, and neighbors. Her urban interests include the political, social, cultural, and economic impacts of the temporary urban labor market in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Visiting Faculty

Winger, Gregory Hal

Asst Professor - Visiting

1202 Crosley Tower

(513) 556-7276


Dr. Gregory H. Winger is a visiting professor with the Political Science Department at the University of Cincinnati.  He received his PhD. in Political Science from Boston University in 2017. Dr. Winger specializes in international security studies, foreign policy analysis and U.S. foreign relations. In particular, he examines the interconnected nature of diplomatic and military affairs. He has authored several works on these subjects in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Diplomacy & Statecraft, and Armed Forces & Society. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation and the Liefur Erikisson Scholarship. He has also held research fellowships with esteemed institutions including the Center for Small State Studies at the University of Iceland,  the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, and as a Fulbright Fellow in the Philippines. 

Emeriti Faculty

Abboushi, Wasif F

Emeritus Faculty

Bardes, Barbara A

Professor and Graduate Director, Political Science

1120 Crosley Tower



Barbara Bardes specializes in American government, politics, and public policy analysis. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Cincinnati. While teaching at Loyola University of Chicago, Professor Bardes was a founding member of the committee responsible for developing an academic program in women's studies. With Professor Suzanne Gossett, she developed a team-taught interdisciplinary course examining American women's struggles for political power as debated in nineteenth-century literature; their collaboration resulted in the book, Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power in Nineteenth Century American Fiction (1990). She is active in numerous professional associations, including the Women's Caucus for Political Science. While serving as Dean of Raymond Walters College, Professor Bardes continues to engage in research and publication in political science. Areas of current research specialization include public opinion, attitudes toward foreign policy issues, and women in American politics. A new edition of her co-authored text American Government and Politics Today was published in 1997.

Bennett, Stephen E

Emeritus Faculty


Kim, Han-Kyo

Emeritus Faculty



Stever, James A.


1110 Crosley Tower



Professor James A. Stever is widely published in professional journals. He is currently developing intergovernmental management models to combat terrorism. Stever is a member of two editorial boards: International Journal of Public Administration, and International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior. In addition to journal articles, he has published four books. These books are: Diversity and Order in State and Local Politics (University of South Carolina Press, 1980); Administering the New Federalism (Westview, 1986); The End of Public Administration, (Transnational Publishers, 1988); The Path to Organizational Skepticism, (Chatelaine Press, 2000). He was awarded the Laverne Burchfield Award for the Best Book Review in Public Administration Review in 1995 and 2002.

Thomas, Norman C

Emeritus Faculty


Tolley, Howard

Professor Emeritus of Political Science Adjunct Professor of Law

Crosley Tower



American Arbitration Association, Labor Arbitrator
Ohio State Employment Relations Board (SERB), Roster of Neutrals, Fact Finder, Conciliator

Tuchfarber, Alfred J


Crosley Tower



Weise, R Eric

Emeritus Faculty


Latham, Pamela Y

Program Coordinator

1109 Crosley Tower



O'Neal, Evajean S

Business Administrator

3824D French Hall


Graduate Students

Ahmadoghlu, Ramin

Asst Professor - Adj

Crosley Tower



Cakal, Huseyin


Dean, Leah Merchant

Ph.D. Student, Junior Research Associate




Leah's concentrations are in Research Methodology and American Politics, with a focus on policy analysis. Her research interests include health, poverty, and education policies.

Klein, Albert William

Asst Professor - Adj

Crosley Tower



Al's concentrations are in international relations and comparative politics.

Kovac, Igor

Ph.D. Candidate, 2018-2019 Pre-Doctoral Fellow at ISCS


Igor Kovač research interests lie in International Security, International Relations Theory, Power, Geopolitics, Grand Strategy, International Political Economy, Cybersecurity, European Politics, Philosophy of Science, Mix-methods Research.

His Ph.D. thesis develops a new theoty of enduring hegemony - pervasive hegemony.

Igor works on several ongoing research projects:
- Economic power factor: primus inter pares?
- Geopolitics: Shangri-La of International Relations
- A Comparison of EU and NATO’s Approaches to Managing and Regulating Cyber Threats
- Sanctioning Iran: the case of a latent blowback for the European Union
- Economic intelligence: a comparative study

Mr. Kovač is active in different think tanks and NGOs, such as REFORMISS, and The Slovenian Paneuropean Movement. He cooperates with the Slovenian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and has delivered lectures on geopolitics on several academic institutions across Europe.

Mhajne, Anwar Mohmd

Ph.D. Student

Anwar’s concentrations are in international relations and comparative politics with a focus on gender and politics. Specifically, she is interested in how political opportunity structures shape Islamist women’s political participation and is reshaped by Islamist women’s political organizing and framing strategies. Anwar is currently looking at the organizing strategies of the Muslim Sisterhood and its interaction with shifting political opportunity structures in Egypt between 2010 and 2014. 

Personal Website: http://anwarmhajne.weebly.com​

Straka, Alexis

Ph.D. Candidate

Alexis's dissertation research is focused on Muslim Americans running for political office in 2018.  More broadly, her research interests are centered around questions of religion, gender, and media in American politics.

Teater, Kristina M.

Ph.D. Candidate

Kristina’s research concentration is in comparative politics and international relations with a focus on the intersection of religion and politics.  Her dissertation, In Search of Rights: The Use of Transnational Advocacy Networks in Response to Restrictions on Religion is a comparative analysis of Christian minorities in India and Malaysia and their use of transnational advocacy networks in response to state-imposed limits on religious practice. Her research is generously supported by a dissertation fellowship from the Taft Research Center. Kristina’s broad research interests include identity politics, international law, social movements, and human rights.​

Wang, Aileen

Graduate Assistant


Warren, Stuart D.

Ph.D., Student, Graduate Assistant



Stuart D. Warren is a Ph.D. student with a focus on American politics, religion & politics, and research methods. He is a former Special Assistant to the Kentucky Secretary of State, has served on numerous political campaigns, and studied in London for a brief time.

Wei, Wei

Asst Professor - Adj

Crosley Tower



Whetstone, Crystal M

Ph.D. Candidate

My focus is in comparative and international politics, with an emphasis on women and politics. My dissertation, Nurturing Democracy in Difficult Political Environments: A Comparative Study of Women’s Political Participation through Political Motherhood in Argentina and Sri Lanka, examines the gendered form of women's political participation known as political motherhood. This dissertation is generously supported by a Graduate Enrichment Grant from Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati and a Dissertation Planning Grant from the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and supported by year as a Taft Dissertation Fellow. My other research interests include social movements, women in government, international law and postcolonial and transnational feminisms. Broadly, my research is tied to efforts to strengthen democracy through inclusivity in terms of representation and participation.

Wolterman, Justin S

Ph.D. Student, Graduate Assistant

Justin Wolterman is interested in International Relations theory and the foundational philosophical and scientific assumptions associated with the major schools of thought and how these assumptions affect both ontological and epistemological characteristics of the theories themselves.  Particularly, he is interested in using Evolutionary Theory to investigate particular philosophical ideas and concepts like human nature, rationality, and other universal assumptions found in IR theory and how these are utilized in IR theory and methodology.  
He also has secondary interests in International Security, U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Governance.

Yilmaz, Murat

Graduate Assistant