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Our faculty have expertise spanning the many specialized fields of politics and international relations. They believe strongly in direct interaction with students, and many of our students develop lasting relationships with faculty that continue well beyond the four years spent at the college. This close link between students and faculty is one of the distinct advantages of an education at a small, liberal arts college like Saint Anselm.

Prof. Erik Cleven

Erik Cleven, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2013, Purdue University, Political Science

I teach a range of courses in international relations and comparative politics including the required introductory courses as well as more advanced courses in human rights, African politics, political violence and international political economy and development. I also teach the department's required research methods course.

Chris Galdieri

Chris Galdieri, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2011, University of Minnesota, Political Science

Saint Anselm's close involvement with the New Hampshire primary is not only an exciting spectacle, it's an exciting opportunity for students and faculty alike to see the inner workings of political campaigns, activist groups, and the mass media in a way that few Americans ever have an opportunity to. I serve as the politics department internship coordinator.

Christine Gustafson

Christine Gustafson, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2001, Brown University, Political Science

I see the classroom as a place where students prepare to be global citizens, as well as future political researchers and practitioners. My courses range from introductory requirements in comparative politics and international relations, to more advanced courses in Latin American politics, Sub-Saharan African politics, comparative democracy, and north-south relations.

Anne Holthoefer, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2011, University of Chicago, Political Science

I teach classes in comparative politics and international relations that introduce students to how states manage the twin problems of domestic and international order. I also teach advanced courses that investigate more specific aspects of international relations.

Peter Josephson

Peter Josephson, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1998, Boston College

My teaching focuses on political theory (Plato and John Locke being two of my favorite subjects) as well as international relations. My current research explores the relation between philosophy and classical liberal politics.

Prof. Dale Kuehne

Dale Kuehne, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 1993, Georgetown University, Government

I serve as the second Richard L. Bready Chair of Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good. My current research focuses on the relationship between Christianity, Politics and Human Sexuality.

Jennifer Lucas

Jennifer Lucas, Ph.D.
Ph.D. 2006, University of Maryland, College Park, Government and Politics

I teach courses including American government, women and politics, congressional politics, social justice, and campaigns and elections. I serve as the Politics Department internship coordinator, and the director for the minors in Public Policy and Campaign Management. 

Faculty Assistant
Lorie Cochran

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