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Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Gordon Arlen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Political Science

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-5680
  2. Trotter Hall 306
  3. Office Hours:

    Monday 7:00-8:30 pm

    Thursday 12:15-1:00pm

Osman Balkan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-3546
  2. Trotter Hall 312
  3. Office Hours:

    By appointment only, remote

Osman Balkan

Ben Berger

Associate Professor of Political Science

Executive Director, Lang Center

Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility

Political Science

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-7795
  2. Trotter 306
  3. Lang Center 211
  4. Office Hours:

    https://swarthmore.zoom.us/my/profbenberger

Benjamin Berger

Sean Diament

VISITING INSTRUCTOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8127
  2. Trotter 320
  3. Office Hours:

    Tuesday, 2-4pm

Sam Handlin

Associate Professor of Political Science

On Leave Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Latin American & Latino Studies

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-3411
  2. Trotter 313

Ayse Kaya

Professor of Political Science

Program Coordinator for Global Studies

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8471
  2. Trotter 311
  3. Office Hours:

    Wednesdays 10-11am

Keith Reeves

Professor of Political Science

Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-6862
  2. Trotter 310
  3. Office Hours:

    Mondays 4:00-5:30pm (Trotter)

    Fridays 11:30-12:15 pm (Lang Center)

    Contact for remote appointment

A 1988 graduate of Swarthmore who majored in political science with the concentration in Black Studies and public policy and who attended Exeter College at Oxford University, England, Reeves teaches courses across the arenas of American government, electoral politics, and public opinion; racial politics and voting rights policy; the urban underclass, poverty, and public policy; and behavioral research methods.

Keith Reeves

Emily Paddon Rhoads

Associate Professor of Political Science

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8689
  2. Trotter 305
  3. Office Hours:

    Monday 4:30-5:30pm and Thursday 11:30-1pm

    Contact for remote appointment

     

Jonny Thakkar

Assistant Professor of Political Science

On Leave Fall 2021-Spring 2022

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 690-6813
  2. Trotter 319
  3. Office Hours:

    Remote. Sign up at https://wase.swarthmore.edu/swarthmore/views/pages/makeappt.php?calid=182

    https://swarthmore.zoom.us/j/855169176

Dominic Tierney

Professor of Political Science

Department Chair

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8097
  2. Trotter 318
  3. Office Hours:

    Tuesday and Thursday 2:45-3:45pm

    Contact for remote appointment

Dominic Tierney is a professor of political science, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and an official correspondent at The Atlantic.

Dominic Tierney

Tyrene White

Professor of Political Science

Coordinator of Asian Studies

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8138
  2. Trotter 307
  3. Office Hours:

    Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:30 pm, in person or virtual available

    Online Office Hours: https://swarthmore.zoom.us/j/463122253

Tyrene White's current research is on the local political influence of Chinese NGO's and on the use of litigation to improve the status of Chinese women. She teaches courses on contemporary China, East Asia, and population issues, and introductory courses in comparative politics.

Tyrene White

Ella Foster-Molina

Social Sciences Quantitative Laboratory Associate

Sociology & Anthropology, Political Science, Economics

Contact

  1. Parrish 231W (2nd floor, turn right when you face the admissions office)
  2. Office Hours:

      Wednesdays 1:15-3:45pm, by appointment

      Thursdays 10:45am-12:15pm, by appointment

     

Staff

Christina Ruzzo

Administrative Assistant

Political Science

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8127
  2. Trotter Hall 308 Political Science
  3. Office Hours:

    Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-4:30pm

    Friday: Remote

Emeritus Faculty

Cynthia Halpern

Professor Emerita of Political Science

Contact

Cynthia Halpern taught Ancient Political Theory, Modern Political Theory, Ethics and Public Policy, and courses in Interpretation Theory on terror, violence, and technology/media. She specializes in Nietzsche, Foucault, Ricoeur and Levinas, among other theorists.

Cynthia Halpern

Ray Hopkins

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Contact

Raymond Hopkins taught at Swarthmore College beginning in 1967. His teaching areas were international politics, African politics and food policy and recent research has been on global food issues and political economy.

Raymond Hopkins

Carol Nackenoff

Richter Professor Emerita of Political Science

Contact

  1. Fax:

Carol Nackenoff is Richter Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Swarthmore College, where she taught American Politics, Constitutional Law, Environmental Politics, and Political Theory. 

Carol Nackenoff

David Smith

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Political Science

Contact

  1. Parrish Hall N381
David Smith

Kenneth Sharpe

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Contact

Kenneth Sharpe

Rick Valelly

Claude C. Smith, Class of 1914, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Contact

Rick Valelly taught the introduction to American politics every fall and an honors seminar on national politics every spring, as well as courses on Congress, elections, and public policy.  He is an alumnus of the College (1975), received his Ph.D. from Harvard University (1984) and has taught here since 1993, after teaching for 8 years at MIT.

Richard Valelly