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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science


Department Chair: Dr. Peter J. Schraeder (pschrae@luc.edu)

Undergraduate Program Director: Dr. Vincent Mahler (vmahler@luc.edu)

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Peter Sanchez (psanche@luc.edu)

Alumni & Gift Director: Dr. John Allen Williams (jwillia@luc.edu)

Grant Director: Dr. Gunes Tezcur (gtezcur@luc.edu)

 American Politics

Twyla Blackmond Larnell 
Amanda Bryan
David Doherty
John Frendreis

Alan Gitelson
Richard Matland
Susan Mezey
John Pelissero
Annette Steinacker
Raymond Tatalovich
 John Allen Williams

Global Politics 
Olga Avdeyeva
Patrick Boyle
Brian Endless
Alexandru Grigorescu
Vincent Mahler
Molly Melin
Peter Sanchez
Peter Schraeder
 Gunes Murat Tezcur

Political Theory

John Danford
Claudio Katz
 Robert Mayer

Adjunct Faculty

Michael Walsh
John O'Leary


     Associate Professor

     Ph.D., Purdue University, 2006

     E-mail: oavdeyeva@luc.edu

     Phone: 773.508.3484

Professor Avdeyeva's research and teaching interests are in comparative social policy, women and politics, East European and post-communist politics, and the EU Enlargement. Her dissertation, Gender Equality and EU Enlargement: What Explains Government Compliance with EU Requirements?, explored legislative reform and enforcement of policies on gender equality in ten post-communist states that are new members of the EU. She has published articles in International Studies Quarterly and International Journal of Social Welfare and an essay in the edited volume Violence Against Women in Post-Communist Europe and Eurasia: Global Forces, Local Activism, and Domestic. She is currently working on several articles on the politics of gender equality policies in EU Enlargement countries.  View her curriculum vitae.


Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2013

E-mail: tblackmondlarnell@luc.edu

Phone: 773-508-3071

 Professor Blackmond Larnell’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of state, local, and urban politics and public policy, with a specific focus on racial/ethnic politics as well as community and economic development.  In her dissertation, “The Continued Evolution of Urban Regime Theory: The Structural Composition of Decision-Making Networks as a Determinant of Policy Use,” develops a conceptual framework that extends upon urban regime theory and policy network theory to provide an improved explanation for how the membership structure of decision-making networks influences the policies that cities select, specifically in the area of local economic development.  She developed an empirically-derived typology of networks and analyzed their impact on the likelihood of cities using various development strategies.  Currently, Professor Blackmond Larnell is also examining the impact of state government intervention on municipal fiscal distress as well as the effect of emergency financial management on the interests of low-income and minority resident's policy interests.   Two other working papers focus on local governments' distribution of liquor licenses in high crime and low-income communities as well as the diminished success of Tax Increment Financing in economically distressed urban communities.  Professor Blackmond Larnell has been published in Urban Affairs Review and American Review of Public Administration.  Her research has been presented at the Annual Meetings of the Urban Affairs Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Southern Political Science Association, and Association for Budgeting and Financial Management.

View her curriculum vitae.

Amanda Bryan, Starting Fall 2014

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Professor Bryan’s research and teaching interests include the federal judiciary, especially the US Supreme Court, judicial decision-making, and quantitative methodology.  Her research questions, fundamentally, how justices make decisions under various internal and external constraints. She is especially interested in the effect of public opinion on judicial decision-making, how the Supreme Court sets its agenda, and measuring legal development and jurisprudence. Her work has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, and Justice System Journal. Visit her website.


    Associate Professor & Senior Associate Provost & Assistant to the President for Global Initiatives and Centers of Excellence

    Ph.D., Princeton University, 1991

    E-mail: pboyle@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3061

Professor Boyle's teaching and research interests include African Politics, comparative politics, and the politics of development. His current writing and field research projects focus on the politics of social services in several francophone states of central Africa. His published work has appeared in World Politics, Journal of Modern African Studies, African Studies Review, Africa Today, and in edited volumes. He is author of Class Formation and Civil Society: The Politics of Education in Africa (1999).



    Ph.D., Yale University, 1976

    E-mail: jdanfor@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3069

Professor Danford's teaching and research interests include political theory (ancient, modern, and contemporary), and philosophy of science and social science. He is author of Wittgenstein and Political Philosophy, David Hume and the Problem of Reason, and Roots of Freedom: A Primer on Modern Liberty. He has published articles in American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly.


    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2008

    E-mail: ddoherty@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3063

Professor Doherty’s teaching and research interests include public opinion, research methodology, and the intersection between psychology and political behavior. His work addresses topics including: how people interpret and evaluate political processes, the effects of core personality traits on political attitudes and behavior, and methods for causal inference in political science. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Annual Review of Political Science, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, PS: Political Science & Politics, and the Journal of Political Science Education. View his website



   Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 2003

   E-mail: bendles@luc.edu

   Phone: 773.508.3047

Professor Endless' teaching and research interests focus on the United Nations and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. This includes a broad range of international peace, security and humanitarian issues, as well as international development. He has specialized in the UN Security Council, in particular actions toward Iraq and other areas in the Middle East. His current focus is primarily on politics and conflict in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. He teaches classes on International Law, International Organizations, and International Political Economy, among others. Endless is the founder and Executive Director of American Model United Nations International, based in Chicago. In addition, he serves as the Senior Advisor to the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation.  View his curriculum vitae.



   Ph.D., University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, 1981

   E-mail: jfrendr@luc.edu

   Phone: 773.508.3054

Professor Frendreis' teaching and research interests include environmental politics, American political parties and elections, urban politics, and research methodology. His publications include articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and Polity, and he is co-author of the book The Presidency and Economic Policy.  View his curriculum vitae.



   Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1973

   E-mail: agitels@luc.edu

   Phone: 773.508.3065

Professor Gitelson teaches and does research in the areas of political parties and elections, interest groups, civic education/civic engagement, and political psychology and socialization. He has published in the Journal of Politics, Publius, Polity, Policy Studies Review, Political Methodology, and The Western Political Quarterly and has co-authored the books American Political Parties: Stability and Change, American Elections: The Rules Matter and American Government (10th Edition). He co-edited the book Public Policy and Economic Institutions and is a contributing editor to the Encyclopedia of Political Parties and Elections.


    Associate Professor & Assistant Director, International Studies     Program

    Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2002

    E-mail: agrigor@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3059

Professor Grigorescu's research and teaching focuses on international relations.  He teaches courses on international organization, globalization, international relations theory, the United Nations system and international human rights.  His work on international organizations and their impact on domestic politics has been published in journals such as Ethics & International Affairs, International Politics, International Studies Perspectives, International Studies Quarterly, Global Governance, and Review of International Organizations.  View his curriculum vitae.


    Professor & Director, Interdisciplinary Honors Program 

    Ph.D., York University, 1986

    E-mail: ckatz@luc.edu  

    Phone: 773.508.3068

Professor Katz teaches and does research in the areas of Modern Political Theory, Democratic Theory, and Socialism. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, History of Political Thought, The Review of Politics, Theory and Society, and Comparative Politics and is the author of the book From Feudalism to Capitalism: Marxian Theories of Class Struggle and Social Change. Visit his website and view his curriculum vitae.

Professor Katz is also the Director of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program.


    Professor & Undergraduate Program Director (UPD)

    Ph.D., Columbia University, 1978

    E-mail: vmahler@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3067

Professor Mahler's teaching and research interests include comparative social policy, Western European politics, and quantitative methods. His articles have been published in Comparative Political Studies, American Political Science Review, International Organization, Comparative Politics, Polity, International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of Political Research, Social Science Quarterly and other journals and edited collections, and he is the author of the book Dependency Approaches to International Political Economy: A Cross-National Study.  View his curriculum vitae.



    Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1991

    E-mail: rmatlan@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.7127 

Professor Matland's work crosses several fields, including public policy, comparative politics, and American politics. His work emphasizes a comparative institutions approach, looking at how different institutions for aggregating preferences can lead to different policy outcomes. His work includes a number of articles looking at the effect of electoral systems on women's representation in legislatures. He has also done work on policy implementation, on school choice programs in the United States and theories of distributive justice. Professor Matland's work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Canadian Journal of Political Science, as well as many other journals and books. He is co-editor of the Oxford University Press book Women's Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe. View his curriculum vitae.



    Ph.D., Princeton University, 1989

    E-mail: rmayer@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3057

Professor Mayer teaches courses on political theory (conservatism, socialism, democratic theory, obligation & resistance) and comparative politics (revolution, terrorism, dictatorship, democracy, political ideologies). He has published articles on democratic theory, distributive justice, and Russian radical thought in Political Theory, Review of Politics, Polity, History of Political Thought, Political Studies, Social Theory & Practice, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Public Affairs Quarterly, Journal of Political Ideologies, History of European Ideas, and other journals.  He is also the author of Quick Cash: The Story of the Loan Shark (NIUP Press 2010).  View his curriculum vitae.


    Assistant Professor

    Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 2008

    E-mail: mmelin@luc.edu  

    Phone: 773.508.8647

    My homepage 

Professor Melin's research and teaching interests are in the areas of international relations and foreign policy decision-making, with emphasis on international conflict and conflict management.  Her dissertation, "Strategic Peacemakers: A Study of the Occurrence and Effects of Third Party Management in Militarized Conflicts," examines variation in third party efforts to end violent conflict.  Her current research focuses on third party interventions in ongoing international conflicts and the dynamics of conflict expansion.  View her curriculum vitae.



    Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1972

    J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1983

    E-mail: smezey@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3055

Professor Mezey's teaching and research interests include constitutional law, judicial process, judicial-legislative relations, administrative law, women and law and children's rights. Her articles have appeared in Journal of Politics, Western Political Quarterly, American Politics Quarterly, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Rutgers Law Review, Publius, Women and Politics, and Policy Studies Journal. She is the author of No Longer Disabled: The Federal Courts and the Politics of Social Security Disability; In Pursuit of Equality: Women, Public Policy and the Federal Courts; Children in Court: Public Policymaking and Federal Court Decisions; and Pitiful Plaintiffs: Child Welfare Litigation and the Federal Courts. View her curriculum vitae.


    Adjunct Professor

    M.A., Loyola University Chicago, 1973

    E-mail: joleary1@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3071

Professor O’Leary teaches courses on American Foreign Policy and International Relations issues.  He is a retired Foreign Service Officer with 27 years experience at the U.S. State Department and as a diplomat in embassies and consulates in Africa, South Asia, and Europe. His assignments included tours as an intelligence analyst, management officer, consular officer, political officer, and charge d’affaires. His interests include conflict-related U.S. policy in Africa and South Asia and the interplay of various actors in the formulation and execution of foreign policy.


    Professor & Provost

    Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1983

    E-mail: jpeliss@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.2099

Professor Pelissero's teaching and research interests include urban and state politics, public policy, public administration, and intergovernmental relations. He teaches Chicago Politics and Urban Politics on a regular basis. His publications include: Managing Urban America, 7th ed. (Washington: CQ Press, 2012), and Cities, Politics and Policy: A Comparative Analysis, editor (Washington: CQ Press, 2003). He has published in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, Western Political Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, State and Local Government Review, Publius, Urban Affairs Quarterly, and Economic Development Quarterly

Professor Pelissero currently serves as Provost at Loyola University Chicago. Visit his Website.


   Professor & Graduate Program Director (GPD) 

   Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1989

   E-mail: psanche@luc.edu  

   Phone: 773.508.8658

Professor Sanchez' teaching and research interests include comparative politics, international relations, Latin American politics, and democratization. He has conducted field research in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru. He is the author of Panama Lost? U.S. Hegemony, Democracy, and the Canal (University Press of Florida, 2007), selected by Choice as an outstanding academic title in 2008. Other scholarly publications include articles in International Politics, The Latin Americanist, PS: Political Science & Politics, Journal of Developing Areas, Annals of Tourism ResearchHarvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, International Journal on World Peace, Journal of the Third World Spectrum, The Journal of Conflict Studies, The Air Force Law Review, The Americas, and Peace Review, as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes. Professor Sanchez spent the 1997-98 Academic Year as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Panama. He has also taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Virginia Tech, the John Felice Rome Center, and on the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program. Professor Sanchez is currently working on a new book, Priest under Fire: Padre David Rodriguez and El Salvador's Revolutionary Movement, about a Catholic priest who joined the revolutionary movement and, after the civil war, was elected to the country's national legislature. View his curriculum vitae


    Professor & Department Chair

    Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1990

    E-mail: pschrae@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3070


Professor Schraeder is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science. His teaching and research interests span four areas: comparative foreign policy theory, United States and European foreign policies toward Africa and the Middle East, African politics and foreign policy (including North Africa), and international democracy promotion and other forms of intervention in world politics. He has extensive overseas experiences, including having lived, lectured or carried out research in thirty-one African countries in all regions of the African continent. In addition to serving as a Fulbright lecturer and researcher at the University of Tunis in Tunisia (2002-03) and at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal (1994-96), Schraeder has held visiting appointments at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center in Italy (2003-05), the University of the Antilles in Guadeloupe (1999), the French Institute of African Research in Zimbabwe (1996), the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti (1987), and Somali National University (1985). He has taught numerous interdisciplinary, service-learning, and experiential-learning courses, most notably leading since 2006 his annual summer travel course to Tunisia. His scholarship is published in such diverse journals as African Affairs, The Journal of Democracy, The Journal of Modern African Studies, The Journal of Politics, Middle East Journal, Political Science Quarterly, Politique Africaine, and World Politics. He is the author or editor of ten books, including Globalization and Emerging Trends in African Foreign Policy: A Comparative Perspective of Eastern Africa (2007), African Politics and Society: A Mosaic in Transformation (2004), Exporting Democracy: Rhetoric vs. Reality (2002), United States Foreign Policy toward Africa: Incrementalism, Crisis and Change (1994), and Intervention into the 1990s: U.S. Foreign Policy toward the Third World (1992). He is currently writing a book, Beyond the “Big Man”: Impact of Democratization on the Formulation and Implementation of African Foreign Policies. Schraeder was the recipient in 2011 of three of the highest honors a faculty member can receive at Loyola: Sujack Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Faculty Member of the Year, and Faculty Member of the Year. View a longer biographical summary. View his curriculum vitae.


Associate Professor & Director, Masters of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (MUAPP) Program

Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1996

E-mail: asteinacker@luc.edu

Phone: 773.508.8639

Professor Steinacker's research and teaching interests are in urban politics and public policy. She has written articles on local economic development policy, metropolitan government restructuring, affordable housing and city infill patterns. Her work has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Urban Studies, Publius, Social Science Quarterly, Review of Policy Studies, and Public Administration Review. She has received a variety of research grants, including a National Science Foundation grant, to study the use of bargaining games to explain city-firm interactions in economic development decisions. She previously taught in the public policies programs at Columbia and Georgetown Universities and was the director of the public policy program at Claremont Graduate University for 10 years.



   Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1971

   E-mail: rtatalo@luc.edu  

   Phone: 773.508.8516

Professor Tatalovich's teaching and research interests include the American government, the presidency and executive branch, public policy analysis with an emphasis on moral conflicts, and Congress as well as Canadian Politics. His three co-edited books include Moral Controversies in American Politics (2005),and he also co-authored four more including The Modern Presidency and Economic Policy and a presidency text, To Govern a Nation: Presidential Power and Politics (1998), as well as being the sole author of two scholarly works: Nativism Reborn? The Official English Language Movement and the American States and The Politics of Abortion in the United States and Canada (1997). His most recent co-authored books are Cultures at War: Moral Controversies in Western Democracies (2003) and The Presidency and Political Science: Two Hundred Years of Constitutional Debate (2003). Professor Tatalovich has also authored or collaborated on more than fifty chapters, monographs, and scholarly articles in such publications as the The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Polity, American Politics Quarterly, Women & Politics, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. View his curriculum vitae .



   Associate Professor & Department Grant Director

   Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2005

   E-mail: gtezcur@luc.edu

   Phone: 773.508.3483

Güneş Murat Tezcür is a scholar of political violence, democratic struggles and electoral politics in the Muslim world with a special focus on Iranian, Turkish and Kurdish politics. For detailed information about his scholarship, visit his website.


    Adjunct Professor

    J.D., The Ohio State University College of Law, 1988

    M.A., Loyola University Chicago, 1994

    E-mail: mwalsh2@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3047

Professor Walsh teaches courses on constitutional law and the judicial process. He practices law in Chicago and is also the advisor for the Mock Trial Team. He has published articles on the courts and legislative politics in the American Political Science Review, Political Research Quarterly, Policy Studies Review, Social Science Quarterly, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.


    Professor & Department Alumni and Gift Director

    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1976

    E-mail: jwillia@luc.edu

    Phone: 773.508.3053


Professor Williams teaches and does research in the areas of American foreign and defense policy and American politics. His research has appeared in Armed Forces & Society, Military Review, The Washington Quarterly, Air University Review, and numerous edited volumes. He is co-author of Soldiers, Society, and National Security and U.S. National Security: Policymakers, Processes, and Politics, and co-editor of The Postmodern Military: Armed Forces After the Cold War and The U.S. Army In a New Security Era. Professor Williams is Chair and President of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) and Editor of The National Strategy Forum Review (NSF).  View his curriculum vitae.  Visit his Website.


Department of Political Science
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