Michael Pfau, PhD

Michael Pfau
Phone: (619) 260-4011
Office: Kroc Inst for Peace & Justice 280

Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Political Psychology
  • M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Psychology
  • M.A., University of Southern Illinois, Political Science
  • B.A., Universitaet Hamburg, Germany; Vordiplom

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.


Dr. Pfau will be on sabbatical Fall2016-Spring 2017. 

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Areas of Interest

While Pfau’s teaching centers on research methods, he also offers seminars on politics in Germany.  During summer and occasional leaves, he teaches graduate seminars on US-German relations at the Universitaet Hamburg, Germany.