Political Science Faculty

All full-time faculty members hold Doctoral Degrees in Political Science, with specializations in nearly all the major subfields.  Our faculty combine dedication to teaching with the excitement of active scholarship.  We participate in professional conferences and publish with academic presses or scholarly journals or law reviews.

Dr. Ruth Alminas
Assistant Professor of Political Science


  • Armed Conflict and Conflict Management
  • Internal Displacement
  • Nongovernmental Organizations
  • Organizational Theory
  • Social Network Analysis


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Arizona, 2012
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Arizona, 2008
  • M.A., Religion, University of Chicago Divinity School, 2005
  • B.A., Religious Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2000


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Dr. Paul DeBell
Assistant Professor of Political Science


  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Psychology
  • Populism and Anti-Establishment Movements 
  • Campaigns and Elections
  • Political Communications and Media
  • Democratization
  • Post-Communist Politics


  • Ph.D., Political Science, The Ohio State University, 2016
  • M.A., Political Science, The Ohio State University, 2011
  • B.A., Government and Philosophy, College of William & Mary, 2006


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Dr. Kathryn Gray
Visiting Instructor of Gender & Sexuality Studies and Political Science


  • Gender and politics
  • Immigration, refugee, and asylum politics in the US context
  • Race, gender, and US political institutions
  • Gendered violence
  • Feminist theory


  • PhD, Political Science, University of Oregon, 2015
  • MA, Political Science, University of Colorado, Denver, 2008
  • BA, Political Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2005


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Kathryn Gray
Adjunct Instructor for Political Science

Emeritus faculty

Dr. Kenyon Bunch
Professor of Political Science

Dr. Byron Dare
Professor of Political Science