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Political Science

College of the Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Department Office Staff  
Farrell Hall, Room 409
Phone: (509) 963-2408


  • Paul Knepper, Ph.D: Interim Chair, Political Science ( B.S., Social Science, University of Wisconsin at Green Bay; M.S. Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee; Ph.D. Justice Studies, Arizona State University.  Dr Knepper is a visiting professor of criminology at the School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne, and a Senior Research Fellow at the South-East European Research Centre in Thessaloniki. 
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Department Faculty

  • Barb Flanagan, Ph.D:, Professor, State University of New York at Geneseo, BA. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MA and Ph.D. (2003). Her current research interests revolve around human rights, religion and politics and democracy promotion. She typically teaches classes dealing with political theory and international politics with a focus on the Middle East.
  • Gilberto Garcia, Ph.D:, Associate Professor, B.A. from Loyola University at Los Angeles and Ph.D. from UC Riverside (1986) with a focus on Latin American Studies. His expertise is in the area of Chicano/Latino Studies with an emphasis on Pacific Northwest, and U.S. Mexico border studies.
  • Michael A Launius, Ph.D:, Professor, Northeastern (Illinois) University, BA. MA; University of Hawaii at Manoa, Ph.D in 1990. His principal teaching and research interests are in the areas of Asian politics, international political economy, and comparative political development. He is currently the Program Director for our Public Administration grad program. 
  • Todd Schaefer, Ph.D:, Professor. Colorado College, BA; Northwestern University, MA, Ph.D. (1994). His main interests are American politics and government (particularly mass media, public opinion, political communication, and electoral politics), and African politics.
  • Rex S. Wirth, Ph.D:, Professor. BA at Weber State College, Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in 1977. He was a Christian educator at Lambuth College before coming to CWU in 1983. His teaching and research interests include Introduction to Politics, public administration, international politics and European politics.
  • Stefanie Wickstrom, Ph.D:, Senior Lecturer. B.A. political science, CWU; M.A. Latin American studies, University of Arizona; Ph.D. political science, University of Oregon.  Research and teaching interests include environmental politics, environmental justice, identity politics, social movements and environmental history.

Associated Faculty:

  • Eric Cheney, Ph.D.,, Professor, Department of Sociology, complex organizations, and organizational networks, social systems.
  • Michael M. Harrod, Ph.D.,, Professor, Department of Sociology research methods (both quantitative and qualitative), social psychology, criminology.
  • Josh Zender, Ph.D:, Lecturer. B.B.A. in Finance, Law, & Public Policy from Gonzaga University, MPA from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University.  Josh has previously served as a finance manager for various state and local governments. His research interests include advancing governmental financial transparency and revolutionizing government administration in the digital age.

Emeritus Faculty:

  • Bang-Soon Yoon, Ph.D:, Professor. Graduated from Ewha Women's University (Korea), and obtained MA and Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her current research and teaching interests are gender politics (both American and global), cultural pluralism in America, Asian political development international political economy and the politics of globalization. She is the former director of the CWU Women Studies Program.




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