Associate Professor of Political Science with Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict since 2005. B.A., The University Sydney, Australia, 1990; MLIS, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1996; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2006.
SJU Office: Simons 144
Spring 2016 Courses
11:30 am - 12:25 pm POLS 211 - Politics and Political Life
1:50 pm - 3:10 pm POLS 332 - U.S. Congress
(not Fridays - Monday, Wednesday only)
Ever wonder why the US Congress just can't seem to get things done? Why is it such a frustrating mess? What are those rules and committees and debt ceilings people keep talking about? Ever wondered if there's any way we could fix it? This class will give you the background to legislative procedures, an understanding of how congressional elections work, and discuss possible ways to reform the whole system so that you don't have to start a revolution or move to Canada.
Fall 2016 Courses
9:35 am - 10:55 am POLS 111 - Intro to US Politics
11:10 am - 12:30 pm POLS 331 - US Parties & Elections
Analysis of the party system of U.S. elections. Students evaluate how populations are connected to governance through electoral and other processes; specifically, major parties, minor parties, interest groups, media, movements, and campaign organizations. Students investigate and compare the value of a 'two-party' system to one-party and multi-party systems as organizers of government power.