Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Linda Brady

Dr. Linda Brady

Chancellor and Professor of Political Science
(336) 334-5266

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Linda Brady is Professor of Political Science and Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  Her teaching and research interests include international negotiation, arms control, and American foreign and national security policy.  From 1978 to 1985 she held several positions with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense.  She served as defense advisor to the Negotiations on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions in Vienna, Austria, and held the same position during the Negotiations on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces in Geneva, Switzerland.  Her current research focuses on the role of negotiation in war termination.

Allison Bramwell

Dr. Allison Bramwell

Assistant Professor
(336) 256-0510

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Allison Bramwell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science.  She teaches courses in urban political systems, public administration, and community and economic development in both the M.P.A. and undergraduate programs.  Her PhD in Political Science is from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in urban politics and public policy.  Her current research focuses on collaborative urban governance and the political economy of economic transformation with an emphasis on workforce development policy and program implementation.   A past Postdoctoral Fellow with the Program on Globalization and Regional Innovation Systems (PROGRIS) at the Munk School of Global Affairs, she was part of a research team investigating the social dynamics that shape economic performance in Canadian city-regions.  In addition to working as a policy consultant, Allison has given many domestic and international presentations and published studies in various policy areas such as local labour market planning and workforce development, the role of post-secondary institutions in regional economic development, and the interaction effect of innovation, creativity, and economic performance in urban regions.  Recent work includes publications in Urban Affairs Review and Research Policy.  Her co-edited book, Governing Urban Economies:  Innovation and Inclusion in Canadian City-Regions, is forthcoming in 2014.     

Dr. Susan J. Buck

Dr. Susan J. Buck

Associate Professor
sjbuck@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0520
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Susan Buck is Associate Professor of Political Science and teaches in both the Political Science Department and the Environmental Studies Program.  Her PhD is in Public Administration with a specialization in Natural Resources Management (Virginia Tech).  At the undergraduate level she teaches Environmental Law and Policy, Natural Resources Law and Policy, Wildlife Law and Policy, and Public Administration.  At the graduate level she teaches Politics of Public Policy, Ethics in Public Policy,  and Administrative Law.  In 2002, she received the university’s Senior Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. She is the author of three books (Understanding Environmental Administration and Law,The Global Commons, and Public Administration in Theory and Practice [co-author]) as well as many book chapters and conference papers. She is past-president of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) and also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of the Commons.   Her previous work includes supervising the wetlands research laboratory at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

Dr. James H. Clotfelter

Dr. James H. Clotfelter

Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services and Professor
james_clotfelter@uncg.edu
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Dr. William E. Crowther

Dr. William E. Crowther

Professor and Department Head
wecrowth@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0519
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William Crowther is a professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science.  He received his Ph.D. from The University of California at Los Angeles in 1986.  He is the author of numerous publications on post-communist and communist politics, and ethnic conflict.  His publications include Committees in the New Democratic Parliaments of Central Europe, with David Olson, (Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University Press, 2003), and The Political Economy of Romanian Socialism, (New York: Praeger, 1988). Much of his work focuses on Moldova and Romania.  He has served as a consultant on democratization for governmental and non-governmental organizations, and for the past two years he authored the Freedom House Nation’s in Transit Reports on Moldova. Professor Crowther teaches in the areas of general comparative politics, Russian and Central European politics and ethnic conflict.

Dr. Ruth H. DeHoog

Dr. Ruth H. DeHoog

Professor and Director of the MPA Program
rhdehoog@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0511
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Ruth Hoogland DeHoog is professor of political science and director of the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program. She advises graduate students, supervises interns, and teaches courses in Public Administration &Management, Organizational Behavior & Leadership, and Local Government Administration. Her current research examines how public services are provided through a complex mix of government and nonprofit agencies. Her publications on privatization, urban service delivery, city management, and government-nonprofit relations in former Communist countries have appeared in several academic journals. She co-authored The Politics of Dissatisfaction: Citizens, Services, and Urban Institutions (1992) and wrote Contracting Out for Human Services: Economic, Political, and Organizational Perspectives (1984). Her community-engaged research projects have included the role of faith communities in refugee resettlement services, human relations attitudes among Greensboro residents, welfare reform in North Carolina counties, and several aspects of revitalization efforts in High Point’s Macedonia community. Both undergraduate and graduate students have participated in these research projects.

Dr. Robert J. Griffiths

Dr. Robert J. Griffiths

Associate Professor
rjgriffi@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0518
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Robert J. Griffiths is Associate Professor of Political Science and the department’s Undergraduate Program Director.  He teaches courses on African politics, international security, international law, and the politics of the non-western world. Professor Griffiths is also the faculty adviser for Model United Nations. For the past twenty years, he has edited the reader, Annual Editions: The Developing World for McGraw-Hill Publishers. Professor Griffiths’ research interests focus on democracy, security, and development in Africa and U.S. security cooperation with Africa. He is the Associate Editor for Africa for the journal Politics and Policy and has also been a consultant to the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington. His publications include: “Democratizing South African Civil-Military Relations: A Blueprint for Post-Conflict Reform?” in War and Peace in Africa: History, Nationalism, and the State edited by Toyin Falola and Raphael C. Njoku (Carolina Academic Press 2010) and “Parliamentary Oversight of Defense in South Africa” in The Role of Parliaments in Conflict-Affected Countries edited by Mitchell O’Brien, Rick Stapenhurst, and Niall Johnston (World Bank Institute Development Studies, 2008) He is currently working on a book on U.S. African security cooperation to be published by Routledge in 2014.

Dr. David Holian

Dr. David Holian

Associate Professor
dbholian@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0514
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David B. Holian is an associate professor of Political Science who received his Ph.D. from Indiana University. He teaches courses on American political institutions, including the Congress, the American Presidency, and the Mass Media. He also teaches a three-week course in Washington, DC, offered every other summer, for UNCG students interested in both a closer look at national politics and policy, as well as potential careers in the nation's capital. Professor Holian's research interests include presidential communication and elections and campaign communication from the local to the national level. His research has appeared in a variety of journals including Political Behavior, American Politics Research, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review.

Dr. Susan W. Johnson

Dr. Susan W. Johnson

Associate Professor
swjohnso@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0514
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Susan W. Johnson is Associate Professor of Political Science and serves as the prelaw advisor for the department.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College, her MA from Appalachian State University, and her PhD from the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on judicial behavior, with primary focus on courts in Canada and the United States. Dr. Johnson’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, Justice System Journal, and Comparative Political Studies.  She has recently published a book entitled, Law, Ideology, and Collegiality: Judicial Behavior in the Supreme Court of Canada.  Dr. Johnson teaches courses in public law, including Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Comparative Law and Courts, and Women and Law.  As prelaw advisor, Dr. Johnson assists students with the law school application process and serves on the faculty Prelaw Advisory Committee.  Dr. Johnson is a North Carolina native who grew up near Boone, NC.   She, her husband Jason, and her two boys enjoy visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains she calls home every chance she gets.

Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq

Dr. Fabrice Lehoucq

Associate Professor
Fabrice_Lehoucq@uncg.edu
(336) 334-9822
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Fabrice Lehoucq is a political scientist specializing in comparative politics. He studies the origins and breakdown of political systems, electoral fraud and reform, the operation of democratic institutions, and political economy. Professor Lehoucq’s research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars(Fulbright commission), Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Social Science Research Council. He has also been a consultant. for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index, the Carter Center, the Estado de la Región en Desarrollo Humano Sostenible (State of the Region in the Sustainability of Human Development in Central America), the Inter-American Development Bank, Management Systems International (Washington, D.C.), the Open Budget Initiative, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. His teaching focuses on political economy, Latin American politics, and the politics of democratization.

Dr. Kenneth Klase

Dr. Kenneth Klase

Associate Professor
kaklase@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0510
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Kenneth A. Klase is an Associate Professor of Political Science and teaches courses in the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program in Budgeting and Fiscal Administration, Public Personnel Management, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, and Nonprofit Financial Management and Budgeting. His current research examines the use of performance measurement information in public budgeting decision-making. His previous research work on performance budgeting, cutback management, budget execution, fiscal stress, and local government management has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, including Public Administration Review, Public Budgeting & Finance, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, State and Local Government Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, and Public Finance and Management. He serves as the Book Review Editor of Public Budgeting and Finance and as a member of the board of editors for the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management.

Dr. Gregory McAvoy

Dr. Gregory McAvoy

Associate Professor
gemcavoy@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0517
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Gregory E. McAvoy is associate professor of political science. He is the author of Controlling Technocracy: Citizen Rationality and the NIMBY Syndrome and is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the ways in which party identification influences people’s assessment of economic conditions. He has published articles in the fields of public policy, American political institutions, and research methods, and his work has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis. He served as co-editor of the book review section of the American Political Science Review (2001-2003) and Perspectives on Politics (2004).  He teaches courses in public policy, interest groups, research methods, and program evaluation.

Tamaki Onishi

Dr. Tamaki Onishi

t_onishi@uncg.edu   
(336) 256-0523

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Tamaki Onishi is assistant professor and teaches courses in the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) Program including Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Philanthropy and Resource Development.  She also advises our nonprofit management certificate students.  She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University.  Her current research involves entrepreneurial and institutional theories on social entrepreneurship and investment.  She also conducted comparative research on fundraising and launched international projects promoting philanthropy in Japan in conjunction with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and major nonprofits, such as United Ways.  With funding form the Association of Fundraising Professionals, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Japan Foundation and other funders, she published her work in peer-reviewed journals and national studies on philanthropy, including International Journal of Educational Advancement and Giving USA.  Prior to her academic career, she worked for both nonprofits and for-profit firms, such as WNET in New York and Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, for over a decade.

Dr. Charles L. Prysby

Dr. Charles L. Prysby

Professor
prysby@uncg.edu
(336) 334-5048
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Charles L. Prysby is a Professor who received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He teaches courses on political parties, elections, and voting behavior and on research methods. His research interests are in elections, voting behavior, and political parties. He is the coauthor of Political Behavior and The Local Context, and he is the coeditor of Southern Political Party Activists. He has coauthored a popular series of computer-based instructional packages on presidential elections, the most recent of which covers the 2012 presidential election.

Dr. Jerry Pubantz

Dr. Jerry Pubantz

Dean, Lloyd Honor's College; Professor
j_pubant@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0516
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Dr. Carisa R. Showden

Dr. Carisa R. Showden

Associate Professor
crshowde@uncg.edu
(336) 256-0515
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Carisa R. Showden is associate professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She is a political theorist by training, doing interdisciplinary work that crosses contemporary and feminist political theory, gender and sexuality studies, women and politics, and law and society scholarship. She is the author of Choices Women Make: Agency in Domestic Violence, Assisted Reproduction, and Sex Work and co-editor (with Samantha Majic) of the forthcoming Power Plays: Rethinking the Politics of Sex Work. She has just finished writing a book with Marìa DeGuzmán titled Conjuring Worlds: A Queer Phenomenology of the Miniature and has begun a new solo book project provisionally titled Best in Show: Children, Dogs, and the Commodification of Innocence. She teaches Introduction to Political Theory, American Political Thought, Women and Politics, Women and the Law, and Controversies in Contemporary Politics. Showden is also the Director of Graduate Studies for the Women’s and Gender Studies Program (beginning Fall 2013).

Retired Faculty

  • Dr. B. David Meyers Associate Professor; BA, SUNY at Binghamton; MA, Boston University; PhD, UCLA
  • Dr. David M. Olson Professor; BA, MA, PhD,University of California at Berkeley

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