Department of Political Science

Faculty in the Department of Political Science

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

Interests

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

Education

  • 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. Ruth Alminas is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Brad Clark
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science

Professional Interests

  • American Politics and Policy
  • Western water policy
  • River restoration
  • Endangered species
  • Public Lands and Natural Resource Management

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, 2007, Colorado State University
  • M.A., Political Science, 2000, Colorado State University
  • B.A., Policital Science, 1995, Northern Arizona University

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Paul DeBell
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Expertise

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

Education

  • 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. Paul DeBell is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Dr. Michael Dichio
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Expertise

  • American political development
  • American political thought
  • Politics of the U.S. supreme court
  • U.S. constitutional law

Education

  • Ph.D., Government, Cornell University, 2014
  • B.A., Political Science and History, Boston College, 2008

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Dr. Michael Dichio is available to comment on topics related to areas of interest or expertise. If you need further assistance, contact Public Affairs at 970-247-7401 or by email.

Emeriti Faculty

  • Dr. Kenyon Bunch
  • Dr. Byron Dare