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Vidya Nadkarni

Vidya Nadkarni

Department Chair, Political Science and International Relations
Professor, Political Science
nadkarni@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4010

Office: KIPJ 259A

Office Hours: T/Th 9:15-11:15am T 4:00-5:00pm W 10:00-11:00am And by appt.

Vidya Nadkarni, PhD, joined USD’s faculty in 1990. Nadkarni teaches courses in the area of international relations and foreign policy. Her research interests center on the foreign policies of resurgent (Russia) and aspiring (China, India) global powers.

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Del Dickson

Del Dickson, PhD, JD

Professor
Pre-Law Advisor
dickson@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4013

Office: KIPJ 284

Office Hours: M 12:15-2:15p W 1:20-2:20p F 12:15-1:15p Pre-law in F114 W 12:15-1:15p

Delavan Dickson, JD., PhD, has taught at USD since 1987 in the department of Political Science and International Relations.  He teaches Introduction to Political Science and a variety of upper division law courses, including Constitutional Law, Judicial Behavior, Comparative Law, and International Law.  His research focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court, justice in common law countries, lay justice, and the relationship between law and democracy.

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Casey Dominguez

Casey Dominguez

Assistant Professor
caseydominguez@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7925

Office: KIPJ 285

Office Hours: M 9:30 am-2:30pm

Casey B. K. Dominguez, PhD, joined the USD Political Science faculty in 2005. Her research interests include congressional elections, political parties, campaign finance, and the presidency. She teaches upper and lower division classes on American Politics, as well as an upper division class on research methods.

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Emily Edmonds-Poli

Emily Edmonds-Poli

Associate Professor
edmonds@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7802

Office: KIPJ 286A

Office Hours: M/F 12:15-2:30pm W 12:15-1:00pm And by appt

Emily Edmonds-Poli , PhD, joined the USD faculty in 2001.  Edmonds-Poli teaches classes on international relations and Latin American politics. Her research focuses on local and state level politics in Mexico, as well as decentralization and democratization in Latin America.

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Gary Gray

Gary Gray, PhD

Faculty, Political Science and International Relations
ggray@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4708

Office: KIPJ 254B

Office Hours: M/W 3-4pm T/Th 5:30-6:30pm And by appt

Virginia Lewis

Virginia Lewis

Professor, Political Science and International Relations
vlewis@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4631

Office: KIPJ 281

Office Hours: M 12:30-2:30p T/TH 9:15-10:45a By Appt

Virginia Lewis, PhD, has been a faculty member at USD since 1980. She has been deeply involved in university governance, and has made student learning her mission. From directing the Oxford program for ten years and serving as faculty advisor to student groups, to teaching courses in her research areas,  Lewis sees the university as a student-centric community. She has been chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Assembly, and a member of the University Senate.

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Noelle Norton

Noelle Norton

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Professor, Political Science and International Relations
noellenorton@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4246

Office: F114

Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00p W 4:00-5:00p And by appt

Noelle Norton, PhD, was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013. Norton joined the USD faculty in 1994 and previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Co-Director of the Living Learning Communities program while maintaining her faculty role in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Norton also served as department chair and USD Honors Program director from 2001-2008.

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Lee Ann Otto

Lee Ann Otto

Professor
Associate Dean, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
lotto@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-7921

Office: KIPJ Suite 113, Rm 117

Office Hours: Monday 3:00-5:00p Wednesday 4:00-5:30p Thursday 10:30a-12:00p or by appointment

Lee Ann Otto, PhD, has been a member of the faculty since 1984. She is a professor in the department of Political Science and International Relations and has served as the associate dean of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies since its inauguration in 2007. Otto is also the director of USD’s Masters Program in Peace and Justice Studies. She teaches courses on Chinese politics, Japanese politics, revolutionary change, and the law of the sea at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research focuses on Chinese policies relating to the war on terror and their impact on Uyghurs and other minority groups within China. She is a former recipient of USD’s University Professorship award.

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Michael R.  Pfau

Michael R. Pfau

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations
pfau@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4011

Office: KIPJ 280

Office Hours: Tu/Th 8:45-9:15a Th 12:05- 2:30p T 1:25-2:30p And by appt

Michael R. Pfau, PhD, has been at USD since 1989. He teaches Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations and occasionally seminars on Politics in (his native) Germany. His research focuses on cross-national public opinion formation, specifically, on how US (foreign) policy is perceived by publics abroad. On that issue, he consults with a variety of political and corporate interests. He has chaired the department and has won the American Political Science Association’s teaching award.

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David Shirk, PhD

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Director, Justice in Mexico Project
dshirk@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2315

Office: KIPJ 257

Office Hours: M 12:00-2:00pm T/Th 9:30-11:00am

David A. Shirk, Ph.D., joined the University of San Diego in July 2003. Shirk’s teaching covers a wide range of subject areas, mainly concentrated in comparative politics, international political economy, Latin American studies, and U.S.-Latin American relations, with a concentration in Mexico and border politics. He conducts research on Mexican politics, U.S.-Mexican relations, and law enforcement and security along the U.S.-Mexican border. Shirk also directs the Justice in Mexico Project (www.justiceinmexico.org), which examines rule of law and security issues in Mexico. From 2003-2013, Dr. Shirk directed the Trans-Border Institute, which works to promote greater analysis and understanding of Mexico, U.S.-Mexico relations, and the U.S.-Mexico border region.

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Avi M. Spiegel

Avi M. Spiegel

Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Relations
spiegel@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-2907

Office: KIPJ 272

Office Hours: T 1-4pm W 4:00-5;30pm Th 1-3pm

Avi Spiegel specializes in Middle Eastern and North African politics. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of San Diego, and a Fellow at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a doctorate from Oxford University, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a law degree from NYU. He has been a Fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Ali Pachachi Scholar of the Modern Middle East at Oxford, a Frederick Sheldon Fellow at Harvard, and a Fulbright Scholar and Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. He contributes regularly to Foreign Policy and Huffington Post and has also appeared, on television, as a Middle East Analyst for Al Jazeera English. His first book, forthcoming from Princeton University Press, uncovers the rivalries that are redefining the next generation of political Islam. More information is available at www.avispiegel.com

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Mike Williams

Mike Williams

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations
jmwilliams@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4012

Office: KIPJ 286B

Office Hours: M/W 9-11am T 10-11am And by appt.

J. Michael Williams, J.D., PhD, is an alumnus of the University of San Diego (1992) and has been a member of the faculty since 1999.  He currently serves as the chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Williams offers undergraduate courses on introduction to political science, comparative politics, politics in sub-Saharan Africa, and politics in South Africa. His research focuses on African politics, with special interests in democratization, indigenous political structures, local governance, rule of law, the courts and constitutionalism.  He has published numerous articles and one book on the chieftaincy in South Africa - Chieftaincy, the State, and Democracy: Political Legitimacy in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Indiana University Press, 2010).

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Randy Willoughby

Randy Willoughby

Professor, Political Science and International Relations
Director of Master of Arts in International Relations Program
rwilloug@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4014

Office: KIPJ 258

Office Hours: M/W 1:00-2:30p T/Th 3-4p, 5:30-6:00p By appt.

Randy Willoughby, Ph.D, has been on the USD faculty since 1988 and teaches course on comparative politics and international security. His undergraduate education began at the University of California at Irvine and concluded at UCLA. His graduate education was at the University of California at Berkeley, preceded by a year of study in Paris, and including a year working in the Executive Office of the President in Washington DC, a year teaching at the University of Santa Clara, and two years participating on a research project at the University of California at San Diego.

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