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Political Science

Faculty and Staff

Department Office Staff  
Psychology Building, Room 415
Phone: (509) 963-2408
Fax: (509) 963-1134

Department Faculty

  • Dr. Barb Flanagan: flanagan@cwu.edu, Associate 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.
  • Dr. Gilberto Garcia: ggarcia@cwu.edu, 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: launiusm@cwu.edu, 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 Assistant Vice President for International Studies & Programs.
  • Mathew Manweller: manwellerm@cwu.edu, Associate Professor. BA in Economics from Whitman College; MA in Political Science from the University of Montana; PhD in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2003. Matt's research interests focus on constitutional law, democratic theory, and political economy.
  • Cameron Otopalik:  otopalic@cwu.edu, Visiting Adjunct Professor; Ripon College, BA; Colorado State University, MA; University of Nebraska, Ph.D. (2000). Fields of interest include International Relations, Comparative Politics, International Political Economy, the Politics of Japan and East Asia and the Politics of Developing Regions.
  • Todd Schaefer: schaefet@cwu.edu, 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: wirthr@cwu.edu, 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.
  • Bang-Soon Yoon: yoonb@cwu.edu, 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.
  • Stefanie Wickstrom: wickstrs@cwu.edu, 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.
  • Josh Zender: zenderj@cwu.edu, 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.