Michael Dawson

John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science and the College

Pick Hall 419
773 702 8932

Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
5733 S. University
773 702 8063
Winter Quarter Office Hours: 1:30-3:30 Wednesdays or by appointment

Major Areas of Interest:

  • American politics
  • Politics of race and ethnicity
  • Democratic theory

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Adom Getachew

Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College

Pick Hall 513
773 834 8723
Winter Quarter Office Hours: 12:30-2:30 Wednesdays

Major Areas of Interest:

  • History of political thought
  • International law
  • Theories of empire and race
  • Black political thought and post-colonial political theory

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J. Mark Hansen

Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor
Interim Chair
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Pick Hall 316A
773 702 5476
Winter Quarter Office Hours: 3:00-5:00 Mondays

Major Areas of Interest:

  • Legislative politics
  • Interest group politics
  • Rational choice models

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William Howell

Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at Chicago Harris and Professor, Department of Political Science

Pick Hall 323
773 702 8058
Winter Quarter Office Hours: 10:00-Noon Mondays

Major Areas of Interest:

  • American politics
  • Political institutions
  • Foundations of presidential power
  • Domestic politics of foreign policymaking

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Patchen Markell

Associate Professor

Pick Hall 412
773 702 8057
Office Hours: On Leave Autumn, Winter 2016-17

Major Areas of Interest:

  • Modern European political thought and philosophy
  • Twentieth-century American political thought and culture
  • The political thought of Hannah Arendt
  • Democratic theory
  • Critiques of capitalism
  • Classical political thought and its modern receptions

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Paul Poast

Assistant Professor

Pick Hall 426
773 834 8743
Winter Quarter Office Hours: Noon-1:00 Thursdays and by appointment. Appointments strongly encouraged.

Major Areas of Interest:

  • International relations
  • Alliance politics
  • Political economy of security
  • Methodology

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Dan Slater

Associate Professor

Pick Hall 411
773 702 2941
Winter Quarter Office Hours: 12:30-2:30 Tuesdays

Major Areas of Interest:

  • Authoritarianism and democratization
  • Contentious politics and state building
  • Comparative-historical methods
  • Southeast Asian politics

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Nathan Tarcov

Karl J. Weintraub Professor in the College and the Division of the Social Sciences

Foster Hall 316
773 702 8064
Office Hours: On Leave 2016-17, by appointment

Major Areas of Interest:

  • Ancient political thought (Thucydides, Xenophon, Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch)
  • Modern political thought (Machiavelle, Locke, the American Founders, Strauss)
  • Education and family in political theory
  • Principles of US foreign policy

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Lisa Wedeen

Mary R. Morton Professor of Political Science

Pick Hall 414
773 702 8065

Wilder House 202
773 702 0250
Office Hours: On Leave 2016-17

Major Areas of Interest:

  • Comparative politics
  • Middle East
  • Political theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Qualitative methods

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