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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Dr. Abdalla M. Battah

Abdalla M. Battah

Associate Professor & IR Director

Education: Ph.D., International Relations, American University, 1988; M.A., Conflict Analysis, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada; B.A. (Majors: International Relations & Economics), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Areas: International Relations Theory, International Political Economy, International Conflict Resolution, Comparative Politics (Middle East)


Josh Berkenpas

Josh Berkenpas

Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2016. MA, Western Michigan University, 2009, BA Calvin College, 2003.

Courses: United States Government, State and Local Government, Early U.S. Political Thought, The Legislative Process, Women and Politics.


Dr. Susan Burum

Susan Burum

Professor and Pre-Law Advisor

Education: Associate Professor. J.D., University of North Dakota, 1981; M.A. Hamline University, 1992.

Courses: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Legal Research and Writing, Intro to Paralegal Studies.

Research: Americal Indian Treaty Law


Dr. Scott Granberg-Rademacker

Scott Granberg-Rademacker


Education: Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002. MA, University of Nebraska, 1999. BA, University of Nebraska, 1997.

Courses: Unites States Government, Political Analysis, Public Personnel Administration, State and Local Government, Organization Theory, Human Resource Management, Research Methods.

Fields: Research Methodology, Public Policy, Public Administration, American Government.


Dr. Tomasz Inglot

Tomasz Inglot


Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994.

Fields: Comparative Political and International Relations.

Reseach Interests: Comparative democratization and comparative social policy/welfare state.

Area: Central and Eastern Europe.


Dr. Eiji Kawabata

Eiji Kawabata

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1996; M.A., Northwestern University, 1988; B.A., Keio University, 1985.

Courses: Asia and Pacific Rim, Intro to Politics, World Politics, International Relations, South Asia Politics, Comparative Government.

Fields: Comparative Government.


Dr. Trudy Kunkel

Trudy Kunkel


Education: M.A. Public Administration, MSU-Mankato

Experience: 27 years of law enforcement experience; 7 years as Fire Marshal. Considered lead arson investigator.

Training: Fire Marshall's training through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and National Fire Academy. Also trained in Emergency Management, Police Response to Terrorist Bombing and Hazardous Materials.


Dr. Pat Nelson

Pat Nelson

Department Chair and Director of the Law Enforcement Program

Education: Ph.D., Walden University, 2012.

Courses: Federal Law Enforcement, Narcotics, Terrorism and Political Violence, Police Emergency Response.

Research: Homeland Security Policy and Coordination and Terrorism, Mediation and Peace.


Dr. Kevin Parsneau

Kevin Parsneau

Associate Professor and Director of the Masters in Public Administration Program

Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007; M.A., University of Montana, 1996; B.A., University of Montana, 1989.

Fields: American Politics, Executive-Bureaucratic Relations, Research Methodology.

Research Interests: Presidency, Public Administration, Bureaucratic Control, State Politics.

Courses: United States Government, Executive Process, Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis, State and Local Government.


Dr. Fred Slocum

Fred Slocum

Associate Professor and Director of the Political Science Program

Education: Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1997.

Courses: U.S. Government, Introduction to Political Analysis, Public Opinion and Polling Methods, American Legal Philosophy, Environmental Politics, Executive Process, Southern Politics, Political Parties, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Political Psychology, Seminar: American Government.

Research interests: Public opinion on race; racial issues in U.S. and Southern politics.


Dr. Jackie Vieceli

Jackie Vieceli


Education: Professor. Ph.D., Indiana University, 1987.

Courses: African Politics, Politics of Developing Nations, Nonwestern Political Ideologies, Intro to Comparative Politics, Intro to Politics, Political Ethics and Obligation, Public Policy-Making in the Third World. Languages: SiZulu, SiSwati.


Dr. Tamara Wilkins

Tamara Wilkins

Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., Criminal Justice, Florida State University, 2002. M.S., Sociology, East Texas State University, 1993. B.S., Criminal Justice, East Texas State University, 1991.

Courses: Intro to Law Enforcement, Police Response to Victims and Survivors, Comparitive Criminal Justice Systems, Policing in Diverse Society.