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  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (Political Science)
  • M.A., University of Iowa (Political Science)
  • B.A., Moorhead State University (Psychology and Political Science)
Teaching Interests
  • American Electoral Process
  • Political Behavior
  • Research Methodology
  • Native American Politics
  • Political Media
  • Film and Politics
Research Interests
  • Trust In Government
  • Congressional Committee Makeup
  • Voter Roll-Off
  • Cuban American Voting Patterns
  • Native American Voting
  • Department Chair
  • Senator to the University Senate
  • Faculty Representative to the UW-System
  • Chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee
  • Councilor, Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Director of the Political Research Institute 

Dr. Peterson has published articles in numerous scholarly journals, including The American Review of Politics, Political Behavior, American Indian Studies Quarterly, Congress &the Presidency, Homeland Security Review, and The Journal of Political Marketing. Dr. Peterson has worked with dozens of students on collaborative research over the past decade, and he has presented with students at nineteen political science conferences since 2001.

Ali R. Abootalebi
  • Ph.D.,The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Political Science)       
  • M.A., The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Political Science)
  • M.A., The University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (International Studies)
  • B.A., The University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (Political Science and Economics)
Teaching Interests
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Islam and Democracy
  • International Political Economy
  • International Organizations and Law
Research Interests
  • Islam and Democracy
  • Iran's Political Economy
  • Arab Politics
  • U.S. Middle East Policy
  • Globalization and Development
  • Professor
  • Faculty Advisor, Model United Nations Club
  • UWEC Representative to and an Executive Council Member of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Michael Fine
  •  B.A., M.A., Ph.D, University of California, Riverside (Political Science)
Teaching Interests
  • Federalism
  • American Political Thought
  • Due Process and Criminal Law
Research Interests
  • Federalism
  • The foundations of federalism in the Constitution
  • State Constitutions
  • The Relationship between state and national constitutions
  • Localism
  • Department Personnel Committee Chair
  • Active member and sometimes chair of the Faculty Complaint, Grievance and Termination Review Committee
  • Faculty representative to the Recycling Committee
  • Member of the Criminal Justice Curriculum Coordinating Committee
  • A ridiculous movie fan (maybe 200 a year)
  • A ridiculous baseball fan (attend more the 40 games a year)
Rodd Freitag
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (Government)
  • B.A., Mankato State University (History and Political Science)
Teaching Interests
  • American National Politics and Policy
  • State and Local Politics and Policy
  • Group and Minority Politics
  • Congress and the Presidency
Research Interests
  • State Politics and Policy
  • Campaign Finance
  • Legislative Politics
  • Political Science Internship Coordinator
  • Social Studies Committee Chair
Margaret E. Gilkison
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University (Political Science)
  • M.A., Texas Tech University (Political Science)
  • B.S.Ed., Texas Tech University (Political Science)
Teaching Interests
  • American National Politics
  • Research Methods
  • Public Policy
  • The Presidency
  • Women and Politics
Research Interests
  • Diversity Policy in the U.W. System
  • Gender Gaps and Glass Ceilings
  • Faculty Mentor for Student Internship at Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce
  • Faculty Advisor for Political Science Honor Society, Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Lead Advisor for Political Science Majors
  • Pre-Law Advisor
Stephen Hill
  • Ph.D., University of Birmingham, UK (International Studies)
  • M.I.S., University of Birmingham, UK (European Studies)
  • B.S.c, University of Salford, UK (Social Sciences)
Teaching Interests

Conflict Resolution
IR Theory
U.S. Foreign Policy

Research Interests
  • Peacekeeping
  • Conflict Resolution Theory
  • Paramilitary Policing
  • Expert coffee maker
Karla Hillestad
Eric T. Kasper
  • Ph.D.,University of Wisconsin-Madison (Political Science)
  • J.D.,University of Wisconsin-Madison (Law)
  • M.A.,University of Wisconsin-Madison (Political Science)
  • B.A.,University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Political Science)
Teaching Interests
  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • Judicial Politics
  • Political Philosophy and Jurisprudence
  • American Politics
Research Interests
  • U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutional Law
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Modern and Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Politics and Popular Culture
  • Director, Center for Constitutional Studies
Steven Majstorovic
  • B.A., University of Montana
  • M.A., University of Montana
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado – Boulder
Teaching Interests
  • European Politics (West & East)
  • European Union
  • Russian Politics
  • Balkan Politics
  • Ethnicity-Nationalism-Religion
  • Cultural Conflict
Research Interests
  • Cultural & Identity Politics and Conflict
  • Religion and Politics
  • Nationalism
Peter C. Myers
  • Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
  • M.A., Loyola University Chicago
  • B.A., Northwestern University
Teaching Interests
  • Political Philosophy
  • American Political Thought
  • U.S. Constitutional Law
Research Interests
  • African-American political thought
  • Classical liberal political thought
  • Political thought of the American Founding and Civil War era
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Advising
  • Department and University Service
  • Adjunct Professor, Ashland University Masters in History and American Government program
  • 2016-17 B. Kenneth Simon Fellow in American Political Thought, Heritage Foundation
  • 1992 American Political Science Association Leo Strauss Award for best dissertation in field of political philosophy
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