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Department of Political Science

Greetings from the Faculty and the Chair

Dr. Donna L. Lybecker
Dr. Donna Lybecker
Department of Political Science
Email: lybedonn@isu.edu

Winter 2017

Welcome to the Department of Political Science at Idaho State University!
The Department of Political Science faculty and staff welcome you (back) to ISU and expect 2017 will be another year of captivating political events and issues. Given the inauguration and new administration, clearly change is afoot with US politics. In addition, we are watching the European Union deal with immigration issues, the United Kingdom decide how to move forward with Brexit, the on-going Syrian crisis, questions over if The Gambia will see a peaceful transfer of power, China’s trade wars, among other issues.

To help address these events and any others that may arise, our Political Science department at ISU will continue to rely on our knowledgeable and dedicate faculty and staff. Dr. Anderson continues to focus on terrorism, torture, and political violence, paramount issues in today's world; Dr. Gabardi's work on western anthropocentric thinking addresses the constantly bantered issue of how human activity affected and affects the world ecology; and Dr. McBeth continues his work on the Narrative Policy Framework, adding insight to how political explanations shape policy outcomes. In addition, our junior faculty continue to bring new energy and cutting edge ideas to the interpretation of political events and issues. Dr. Callen's work brought renewed connections among the department, Old Town Pocatello, and NeighborWorks, and has put forth creative ideas to addressing development issues within the City of Pocatello. Dr. Shane Gleason’s research focusing on judicial behavior, executive attorneys, state-federal relations and social network analysis, has also resulted in publications along with invitations to present for regional groups such as the Idaho Seventh District Bar Association and the Idaho Falls Rotary Club. Dr. Kellee Kirkpatrick has used her expertise in health politics, gender and politics, and media to help ISU students engage in robust, original research. In addition, Dr. Kirkpatrick’s fall Grant writing class received great accolades and helped multiple local groups submit proposals for funding. Finally, we welcome Dr. Jim Stoutenborough, former post-doc, to the ranks of Assistant Professor. Dr. Stoutenborough continues to publish in diverse areas including environmental politics, narrative analysis, and media and politics. Dr. Stoutenborough is also the Principle investigator on an innovating grant proposal looking at energy policy in the U.S. And we would be remiss to not mention Tom Eckert, J.D. who is our tireless Lecturer, Dr. Casey Taylor or new post-doc working with the NSF EPSCoR MILES grant, and Administrative Assistant Caroline Baergen who continues to be a support for faculty, students and visitors alike. Overall the Political Science faculty and staff continue to add to the discipline and creatively engage students and our Southeastern Idaho communities.

We welcome all future and current students, alumni and friends of the department to drop us a note or stop by for a visit. Come get acquainted or reacquainted, engage in political banter or simply stop in to say "hello."

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