Political Science is a branch of social science. Historically, political science was closely related to the study of law, philosophy and history. After World War II,  the field of political science was part of the "behavioral revolution" that  aligned modern political science more closely with other social sciences such as psychology and economics.  Contemporary political science is a diverse field and our faculty are active researchers in across many important areas.  Our faculty has published over:

  • 28 books
  • 245 articles and book chapters
  • 322 professional conference papers
  • 100 governmental and corporate reports

Dr. Ron Gelleny's research expertise focuses on human rights, political economy, and US-Canadian security issues. His work has been published in International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, and the Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology.   Presently he is examining the relationship between the exportation of dual-use weapons to countries with poor human rights records and US-Canadian criminal justice policy.   

Dr. Nancy Marion researches in the area of criminal justice policy and the interplay of politics and criminal justice. Her most recent research involved the public's perception of police through human figure drawing; judicial agenda setting; perceptions of court fairness in Jamaica; and presidential rhetoric on crime issues. Her recent books covered a variety of topics such as marijuana legalization, drug policy, critical infrastructure protection, cybercrime, and political scandals.

Dr. Karl Kaltenthaler’s research focuses on international security issues, political psychology, public opinion and political behavior, countering violent extremism (CVE), and counterterrorism.  He has worked on multiple research studies involving Afghanistan, Bangladesh, several European countries, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, and the United States. Dr. Kaltenthaler’s current research centers on violent extremist organizations around the world and ways to counter them, with a particular focus on Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria. He has a book forthcoming with Oxford University Press on ISIS in Iraq. Dr. Kaltenthaler’s research often appears in national media outlets: 




Dr. Phil Marcin conducts research in the area of law and courts.  He has presented and published articles on judicial elections, media coverage of the judicial branch, and judicial behavior.  His most recent publication, “Agenda Setting in State Courts of Last Resort”, was published in 2019 and highlights the importance of state supreme court justices in the policy-making process.  He has also conducted interviews on topics related to the Supreme Court including the implications of the resignation of Justice Kennedy, the impact of the Travel Ban, and pending Supreme Court decisions on abortion, the Second Amendment, and religious liberty. 


Dr. Jim McHugh’s most recent book, The Senate and the People of Canada, focuses one of the most controversial areas of political institutional reform within that country. His recently served as President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States and as Fulbright Distinguished Chair of North American Integration at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is currently working on an essay entitled "A Charter of Rights for North America," which he began as Associate Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University and continued to pursue while I was a Public Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His research area also includes Western Europe and he will be conducting research on renegotiating the British Act of Union at the University of Edinburgh in August. Finally, his research in political theory includes a long-term project on the political philosophy of terror, which he eventually hopes to turn into a book.


Dr. David Cohen has studied the White House Office of the Chief of Staff for over a quarter century. Professor Cohen’s research on the American presidency, U.S. homeland and national security policy, and U.S. campaigns and elections has been published in numerous scholarly journals and books. He is also a frequent media contributor on US national and Ohio politics, e.g., here, here, here, and here.


Dr. Daniel Coffey’s research focuses on the intersection of social science methodology, text mining and political psychology. His early work helped extend automated content analysis of political texts by coding the ideology of state governors by analyzing their state of the state speeches. He is active as in the field of survey research, participating on numerous state and national surveys. His recent work has focused on state party platforms. His blog, statepartyplatforms, provides ongoing analysis of how political parties discuss controversial political issues, providing insight into the ideological and psychological underpinnings of political polarization. Dr. Coffey also enjoys the intersection of art and science through data visualization.

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