Greetings from the Faculty and the Chair
Department of Political Science
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 to another year of captivating political events and issues. Already this year we expect to be engaged in the build-up for the 2016 U.S. elections: Who are the leading candidates? What are the “hot topic” issues? What effect will mass media have on the elections? and, How will citizen participation and political narrative play a role? In addition, watching the ongoing tensions surrounding ISIL in Iraq and Syria, the changing relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, Russia’s role in foreign affairs, and the economic and health policy fall out from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa will keep political junkies busy for quite some time.
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; and Dr. Hummel, continues his work on right-sizing cities, local government financing, minority group interaction and local governments which has led to acceptance/publication of multiple articles. 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. Dr. Kirkpatrick served as a mentor for five ISU students who presented their work at the MidWest Political Science Association meeting last April, and recently had a manuscript written with a graduate student and colleague Dr. Jim Stoutenborough accepted for publication. Finally, post-doc Dr. Jim 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 last but not least, Administrative Assistant Caroline Baergen 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."