Politics & International Affairs 
 August 2010 (#17)  politics.nau.edu
WELCOME BACK!
The Department of Politics and International Affairs welcomes all of our undergraduate and graduate students to campus for the Fall 2010 semester. Please join me in welcoming back faculty who were away for all or some of last year: Drs. Geeta Chowdhry (sabbatical), Lori Staudinger (Fulbright Scholar), Carol Thompson (research leave), Steve Wright (sabbatical).

We're also proud to introduce our new faculty to the NAU community:

Michael LermaMichael Lerma is our newest Assistant Professor. Michael is an expert in Native American Politics, International Relations, and Applied Indigenous Studies. Michael was an instructor with us last year and we're now happy to have him in a tenure-track position.

Jeff HilmerJeffrey Hilmer is a full-time instructor in American Politics, Public Policy, and Political Theory. Jeff comes to us via the University of British Columbia. Jeff's Ph.D. is from SUNY, Albany. His research interests include Democratic Theory and Participatory Democracy.


Paul LenzePaul Lenze is a full time instructor in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Paul is expected to complete his Ph.D. from Washington State University this September. He is an expert in Middle East Politics.

Jim ButhmanJim Buthman joins the faculty ranks as a half-time instructor this year. Jim is a Ph.D. student in the department. His research interests lie in the areas of Public Policy, Environmental Politics, American Government.


Paul Lavrakas is a new Visiting Scholar. Paul served as Vice President and Senior Research Methodologist for Nielsen Media Research from 2000-2007. Previously Dr. Lavrakas was a Professor of Journalism & Communication Studies at Northwestern University (1978-1996) and at Ohio State University (1996-2000). During his academic career he was the founding Faculty Director of the Northwestern University Survey Lab and the OSU Center for Survey Research.

Welcome Back Everyone! It is going to be an exciting year!
Fall Classes
Fall 2010 Schedule
Interested in politics and current events? Would you like to know more about development, diversity, and the environment? Looking for classes to take this Fall? We still have open classes. See what we have to offer.

Take a look at our Fall schedule and register now. 
Classes are filling up quickly!

Alumni Profiles: Ruben Soliz
Ruben Soliz
Ruben Soliz graduated in 2007 with a BS in Political Science. Ruben is now living in Lusaka, Zambia and is currently working on a project with the international development agency, Catholic Relief Services. This project is aimed at improving rural livelihoods with the introduction of a Micro-Finance-like savings and lending program. Ruben is serving as Project Manager responsible for framing project goals, budgeting, and evaluating operations. Reflecting recently on his education at NAU, Ruben had this to say: "I can't stress enough how highly I regard the NAU Political Science department. I feel like I received a very balanced curriculum of core concepts that I am contextualizing in my present work."

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