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Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Gordon Arlen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Political Science

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-5680
  2. Trotter Hall 306
  3. Office Hours:

    Fall 2021

    Monday/Wednesday 1:15-2:15pm

Osman Balkan

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Contact

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

    Fall 2021 

    Tuesdays: 2:30 - 4:30 PM or by appointment.  

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:

    Fall 2021

    Tues/Thurs 1:00-3:00pm and by appointment.

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

Associate Professor of Political Science

Program Coordinator for Global Studies

Contact

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

    Fall 2021

    Tuesday/Thursday 1:00-2:00pm

Ayse Kaya

Keith Reeves

Professor of Political Science

Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility

Contact

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

    Fall 2021

    Tuesdays 4:30-6:00pm (Trotter)
    Thursday 4:15-5:30pm (Lang)

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

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Contact

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

    Fall 2021

    Thursday: 2:30 - 5:00 PM

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 304
  3. Office Hours:

    Fall 2021

    Tuesday/Thursday 4:15-5:45pm or by 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

Rick Valelly

Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science

On Leave Fall 2021

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8099
  2. Trotter 318

Rick Valelly teaches 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

Tyrene White

Professor of Political Science

Coordinator of Asian Studies

Contact

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

    Fall 2021

    Tuesday/Thursday 1:30-3:00 in person, and by appointment (in person or Zoom)

    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

     

James Kurth

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Contact

  1. Phone: (610) 328-8102
  2. Parrish N375
James Kurth

Carol Nackenoff

Richter Professor Emeritus 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

Kenneth Sharpe

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Contact

Kenneth Sharpe

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