Political Science


Program Faculty

Robert Boatright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
American political behavior, political parties, campaigns and elections, interest groups, political participation, and political theory
Tel: 1-508-793-7632

Michael Butler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Foreign policy, conflict and cooperation, global governance, political violence and terrorism, international relations theory
Tel: 1-508-793-7186

Sharon Krefetz, Ph.D.
Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein '64 Distinguished Professor; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Director, Steinbrecher Fellowship Program
Dr. Krefetz's most recent research is on affordable housing policies in Massachusetts, in several other states, and in Israel. Her other research interests include U.S. urban politics and policies, suburban politics, and women and politics.
Tel: 1-508-793-7300

Mark Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science; Adjunct Professor, Department of History
Director of Law and Society Concentration; American government, politics of law and the judiciary, Congressional politics, lawyers and politics
Tel: 1-508-793-7233

Paul W. Posner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Posner's current research focuses on democratization and political participation in developing regions, particularly Latin America. He is also interested in the impact of economic globalization and related state reforms on social organization and collective action in both developing and developed countries, and in comparative environmental policy and democratization in developing countries. Dr. Posner is also affiliated with the Latin American and Latino Studies Concentration.
Tel: 1-508-793-7253

Heather Silber Mohamed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, identity politics in the U.S.
Tel: 1-508-793-7797

Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Program Faculty for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
United Nations and international law, international political economy, and international relations
Tel: 1-508-793-7684

Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
Dr. Sperling teaches a variety of courses in comparative politics, including Russian politics; revolution and political violence; mass murder and genocide under communism; transitions to democracy; globalization and democracy; and introduction to women’s studies. Her research interests include globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region.
Tel: 1-508-793-7679

Ora Szekely, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Szekely's research and teaching interests include Non-state military actors, the politics of the Middle East, mass violence and civilian protection, new media, propaganda, and political mobilization.
Tel: 1-508-793-7360

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
International relations theory, arms control and international security, nationalism and ethnic politics, U.S. foreign policy, women, gender and conflict.
Tel: 1-508-793-7446

Adjunct Faculty

Kiran Asher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Dr. Asher attempts to bring about social change by addressing issues of power related to gender, race, and historical location. Her research and teaching interests include: Culture and power, political economy, gender studies, the politics of biodiversity conservation, and Latin American studies. Her scholarly interests also address postcolonial, marxist, and feminist theories of power, and the nexus of nature/culture and politics.
Tel: 1-508-421-3823

Douglas Little, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Robert H. and Virginia N. Scotland Chair in History and International Relations
U.S. diplomatic history, U.S. 20th-century history
Tel: 1-508-793-7184

Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Sociology and The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Labor and labor rights in global context; urban structures; social policy
Tel: 1-508-793-7376

Research Faculty

Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
The interactions of feminism, women, militarized culture, war, politics and globalized economics in countries such as Japan, Iraq, the US, Britain, the Philippines, Canada, Chile and Turkey

Visiting Faculty

Paul E. Herron, J.D., Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Pre-Law Advisor

American political development, American constitutional development in state and nation, the presidency, Southern politics, and punishment theory/criminal law
Tel: 1-508-793-7233

Scott Ritner, M.A.
Political Theory, Critical Theory, Marxist Theory, Politics and Literature, Politics of Violence, Theology, Political Economy
Tel: 1-508-793-7327

Emeriti Faculty

John Blydenburgh, Ph.D.