Kirk Harris

Department: Political Science

Assistant Professor of Political Science

  • Education
  • PHD, Indiana University
  • BA, Whitworth College
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As a political scientist, I study the relationships between citizens and their governments. My work looks at how ordinary citizens in sub-Saharan Africa interact with the state to access basic services, and how they make their views known to the officials who represent them. I also study how politicians build the coalitions of supporters needed to acquire power. Here at Susquehanna, I apply this research focus in my teaching with classes on comparative government, international studies, the politics of development, African politics and democratization. I try to help students better understand the world beyond the United States so they can function more effectively in it—becoming engaged global citizens with the ability to solve challenging problems that cross borders. I had fantastic professors in college who took the time to help me in this way, and I hope that I can do the same for my students as they build the skills they need to thrive in a variety of careers.

Courses taught:

  • INTD-201 International Studies Theory & Practice
  • POLI-121 Comparative Government and Politics
  • POLI-131 World Affairs
  • POLI-300 Sem: Politics of Dvpl. Nations
  • POLI-300 Seminar
  • POLI-324 Issues in Comparative Politics
  • POLI-501 Senior Seminar