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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Abdalla M. Battah

International Relations Program Director & Associate Professor

Education: Ph.D., International Relations, American University, 1988 (School of International Service).
Areas: International Relations Theory, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics (Middle East)

Susan Burum

Associate Professor

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: American Indian Treaty Law

Colleen Clarke

Associate Professor

Education: EdD, University of Toronto. MS, Central Michigan University, 1994. BA, Lakehead University, 1980.

Christian Dobratz

Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Education: M.A., Mankato State University, 2006; B.S., Mankato State University, 1994.

Reggie Edwards

Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Education: BA and MPA, University of Central Florida, 2007

Scott Granberg-Rademacker


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

Tomasz Inglot


Education: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994.
Fields: Comparative Politics and International Relations
Research Interests: Comparative democratization and comparative social policy/welfare state.
Area: Central and Eastern Europe

Avra Johnson

Associate Professor and Chair

Education: Ph.D. in Public Policy, Indiana University, 2001. M.A. in Government, Texas Woman University, 1990. B.S. Political Science, University of Houston, 1978.

Courses: U.S. Government, Introduction to Public Administration, Collective Bargaining (Public Sector), Budget & Fiscal Management, Seminar: Public Administration, Seminar: Public Policy Analysis.

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

Joseph A. Kunkel III


Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1980.
Courses: Citizenship, Early and Recent American Political Thought, Contemporary Political Ideologies, U. S. Government, Campaigns and Elections, Legislative Process.
Research: Minnesota Political Parties, Nominations and Party Endorsing Systems.

Trudy Kunkel


Education: M.A. Public Administration, MSU-Mankato
Experience:  27 years of law enforcement experience; 7 years as Fire Marshal.  Considered lead arson investiagator.
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.

Pat Nelson

Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., Walden University, 2012.
Courses: Federal Law Enforcement, Narcotics, Terrorism & Political Violence, Police Emergency Response.
Research Homeland Security Policy and Coordination and Terrorism, Mediation and Peace.

Kevin Parsneau

Graduate Director, Associate Professor

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.

Fred Slocum

Associate Professor

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.

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.

Tamara Wilkins

Associate Professor and Director of Law Enforcement Program 

Education: Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Florida State University, 2002. MS in Sociology, East Texas State University, 1993. BS in Criminal Justice, East Texas State University, 1991.