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 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.Jeffrey 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 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 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!