Political Science Faculty

Assistant Professor Samer N. Abboud received his Ph.D. in Middle East Political Studies from the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter.  He currently teaches courses on the Middle East, Politics of the non-Western World, World Affairs and Global Trade.  His research interests include economic policy, state-society relations and non-state actors in the Middle East

Professor James Blessing holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany. He teaches courses in Western political thought and comparative government and politics, with a special interest in Western Europe and the European Union. He also coordinates the university's self-designed major program.

Associate Professor Michele DeMary received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. An expert on state courts and politics and the separation of powers, she also teaches constitutional law, women and politics, and American government and politics. She is the university's prelaw advisor and coordinates the legal studies program and serves on the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society Steering Committee.

Assistant Professor Henriėt Hendriks received a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She teaches courses in American government and politics, political psychology, elections, the U.S. Congress and research methods. Her research focuses on the relationship between political institutions, elite  behavior and public opinion.

Associate Professor Andrea M. Lopez, department head, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She specializes in international security and also teaches courses in American foreign policy, international law and organization, and Russian politics.