U.S. & World Politics

Dr. Candace Archer

Assistant professor of political science
Expertise: Worldwide bubble in housing prices; general international politics; international financial crises; international political economy; international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

Credentials: Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Bucknell University; master’s degree and Ph.D. in international relations and political science, respectively, from the University of Delaware; has presented to the International Studies Association.
Office Phone: 419-372-6860
Home Phone: 419-873-0356

E-mail: carcher@bgsu.edu

Dr. Albert Dzur

Associate professor of political science

Expertise:Political theory, democratic theory and American political thought.
Current work is on the concept of “democratic professionalism,” which he applies to ethics in various professions from health care to law enforcement.

Credentials:Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; B.A. in political science, with honors, from the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Office Phone:419-372-7270

Dr. Neil Englehart

Associate professor of political science

Expertise: Asian politics, especially Burma (Myanmar), Thailand and Southeast Asia, but also China and India. Teaches a course on human rights. Also knowledgeable about ethnic conflict and international conflict in general. Current work is on state failure (collapse of central governments) and how countries can build civil society to avoid this.

Credentials:Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of California-San Diego; B.A. in history and East Asian studies from Oberlin College.

Office Phone: 419-372-2923
E-mail: neile@bgsu.edu

Dr. David Jackson 

Associate professor of political science

Expertise: Popular culture and politics; the youth vote; the entertainment industry’s relationship to presidential candidates; Canadian government and politics; American government, including political socialization, American political institutions, political process, labor unions and politics, and political theory.

Credentials: Jackson holds a doctorate in political science from Wayne State University, where the topic of his dissertation was “The Influence of the Entertainment Media on the Political Values of American Youth.” Author of the book, “Entertainment and Politics: the Influence of Pop Culture on Young Adult Political Socialization” (Peter Lang Publishing, 2002), he also has written articles on entertainment and politics, and labor unions and politics for scholarly journals such as the Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, American Review of Canadian Studies, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, and British Journal of Canadian Studies. In 2007-08 he is a Fulbright Scholar at the Department of American Studies and Mass Media at University of Lodz, Poland.

Office Phone:419-372-2922

E-mail: jacksod@bgsu.edu

Dr. Melissa Miller

Assistant professor of political science

Expertise: Campaigns and elections; political parties; voter turnout; American politics in general, including voting behavior, survey research, interest groups and women in politics; the role of voluntary organizations (nonprofits) in affecting voter turnout and political ideology.

Credentials: Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University; master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University; B.A. in government from Cornell University.
Office Phone: 419-372-2924

Cell Phone: 419-704-9376

E-mail: melissm@bgsu.edu

Dr. Shannon Orr

Assistant professor of political science

Expertise: Environmental policy and issues; interest groups; research methods; the United Nations; national parks policy.

Credentials: Ph.D. in political science from Wayne State University; M.A. in political studies/international development from the University of Guelph, Ontario; B.A. in political studies from Queen’s University, Ontario.

Office Phone: 419-372-7593

E-mail: skorr@bgsu.edu

Dr. Marc Simon

Associate professor of Political Science

Expertise: International relations and foreign policy; armed conflicts; terrorism; the war in Iraq; political violence; nonviolent resistance; conflict resolution; economic sanctions; the United Nations; modeling and game theory. Particularly knowledgeable about East Timor, Haiti, Austria and France.

Credentials: Simon is the author of five articles in highly selective refereed journals, including “International Interactions”. He has given numerous presentations at professional conferences and has taken part in public debates on such issues as the possibility for Arab-Israeli peace, the U.S. presidential election in 2000, the war in Iraq, and whether North Korea will be the next Iraq. In 2007-08 he is a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor of International Relations at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University and formerly taught there and at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Office Phone: 419-372-7386

Home Phone: 419-354-5777

Cell Phone: 419-308-1689

E-mail: msimon@bgsu.edu


Tom Wiseman

Instructor in political science

Expertise: State and local politics, particularly northwest Ohio; resolution of conflicts between local governments; municipal solid waste issues.

Credentials: A former mayor of the city of Defiance and a Defiance County (Ohio) commissioner, he is co-author of a book about Vietnam War veterans titled “Reclaiming the Soul.”
Office Phone: 419-372-7498

Home Phone: 419-782-4886

Cell Phone: 419-438-5938