Our Faculty - Political Science

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Faculty Profiles

  • Brian Frederick

    Brian Frederick
    Professor and Chair of Political Science
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 104
    Tel:
    508.531.2445

    Professor Frederick currently serves as the Chair of the BSU Political Science Department. He specializes in the field of American politics. He teaches courses in campaigns and elections, public opinion, political parties and interest groups, political psychology, women and politics, LGBTQ Politics, undergraduate research methods and data analysis for public administration. His research focuses on the representation in institutions, gender in politics, public opinion and campaigns and elections. 

    He is author of Congressional Representation and Constituents: The Case for Increasing the House of Representatives (Routledge 2010) and coauthor (with Laurel Edler and Barbara Burrell) of American Presidential Candidate Spouses: The Public’s Perspective (Palgrave MacMillan 2018). His research has appeared various peer reviewed journals including: Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Congress and the Presidency, Politics and Gender, Politics Groups and Identities, Women, Politics and Policy, Judicature, Justice System Journal, Politics and Policy, American Review of Politics, Social Science Journal and numerous edited volumes. Professor Frederick also serves as a Research Fellow with the BSU Program for Democratic Governance and Leadership.

    Degrees

    BS, MacMurray College
    MA, University of Illinois at Springfield
    PhD, Northern Illinois University

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  • Jordon Barkalow

    Jordon Barkalow
    Associate Professor of Political Science
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 201
    Tel:
    508.531.2231

    Winner of the 2014 Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching, Jordon Barkalow is an Associate Professor of Political Science specializing in political theory. He also serves as a co-coordinator of the minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). Professor Barkalow teaches courses in American Government, Political Theory (Western Political Thought and American Political Thought), as well as International Politics and Legal Studies (Democratic Theory and Democratization and International Law). He is also very active in the area of undergraduate research having supervised nine ATP Summer Grants and Honors Theses as well as numerous ATP Semester Grants.

    Professor Barkalow’s research focuses on American political thought with a special emphasis on the meaning of American citizenship and national identity. Here, he is working on a book manuscript where he argues that American citizenship is properly understood in commercial terms rather than civic or religious terms. Professor Barkalow has published on the emergence of individualism in American political thought and its institutional implications as well as on the thought of Ralph Waldo Emerson, John C. Calhoun, John Adams, and Isiah Berlin. In addition to his work in American political thought, Professor Barkalow has research interests in politics and literature, early modern political thought, and constitutionalism.

    Degrees

    BA, Pacific University
    MA, PhD, University of Houston

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  • Kevin P. Donnelly

    Kevin P. Donnelly
    Associate Professor of Political Science; Graduate Program Chair, MPA
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 202
    Tel:
    508.531.2442

    Dr. Kevin Donnelly is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, and Coordinator of the Master of Public Administration Program.  Dr. Donnelly is also the 2015 recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.  He teaches courses in American Government, state and local government, and public policy.  His research interests are in the areas of language in politics, and health and social welfare policy.  Dr. Donnelly co-authored a book titled Foreign Remedies: What the Experience of Other Nations Can Tell Us about Next Steps in Reforming U.S. Health Care with David Rochefort.  He has also published in Polity, the Journal of Policy History, Harvard Health Policy Review, and Medicine and Health Rhode Island, authored a number of book chapters, and frequently presents his work at professional conferences.  Dr. Donnelly's current research focuses on the language of political actors involved in advancing policy ideas and interests.

    Degrees

    BS, Providence College
    MA, University of Rhode Island
    PhD, Northeastern University

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  • Mark Kemper

    Mark Kemper
    Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 205
    Tel:
    508.531.2796

    Dr. Kemper teaches courses on American Politics, Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Theory and Process, Model United States Senate, and Mock Trial and Moot Court. He serves as a pre-law advisor for Bridgewater State University and as the faculty advisor to the BSU Pre-Law Club. In 2004 Professor Kemper was recognized as the University's Advisor of the Year. In addition, Dr. Kemper is the Assistant Director of the Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership and co-hosts the Center's monthly cable television public affairs show, Commonwealth Politics. Professor Kemper's current research agenda focuses on the selection of state and federal judges, affirmative action policies in higher education admissions, the impact of courts on bureaucracies, and the historical evolution of free speech doctrine in the United States. Dr. Kemper has presented numerous papers at professional conferences, published an article in The Journal of Politics, and authored several book chapters and encyclopedia entries.

    Degrees

    BA, Northern Illinois University
    MA, PhD, Ohio State University

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  • Inkyoung Kim

    Inkyoung Kim
    Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 203
    Tel:
    508.531.2316

    Inkyoung Kim joined the Political Science Department as an assistant professor in August 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Before coming to BSU, she taught at Clark University and Reed College. She is teaching POLI 275 Comparative Government, POLI 488  Politics in the Developing World, and POLI 475 Global Environmental Politics in fall 2016. Her research interests include regional environmental cooperation, transboundary pollution, regionalism, government and politics in East Asia, and sustainable consumption patterns. She is a contributor to journals such as International Relations of the Asia-Pacific and International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics. She loves playing tennis and the piano.

    Degrees

    BA, SungKyunKwan University Seoul, South Korea
    MA, Seoul National University Seoul, South Korea
    PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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  • Deniz Z. Leuenberger

    Deniz Z. Leuenberger
    Professor of Political Science; Bridgewater State University Chief of Staff
    Boyden Hall, Room 200
    Tel:
    508.531.6125

    Dr. Deniz Zeynep Leuenberger is Bridgewater State University Chief of Staff and a Professor of Political Science/Public Administration. Professor Leuenberger specializes in sustainable development, public sector economics, public budgeting and finance, and non-profit and non-governmental organization management. In the past, she has held the following roles within the department and university: Coordinator of the MPA Program, Faculty Director of the Institute for Policy Analysis and Regional Engagement, Faculty Director of the Massachusetts Certified Public Managers Program, Faculty Director of the Institute for Regional Development, Coordinator for the Center for Sustainability, and Coordinator of the Center for Legislative Studies Global Citizen Leadership and Education program. She has served on the boards of ASPA's Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration, and the Section for Women in Public Administration. She is the past chair of the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration. She has published articles on sustainable development, strategic planning, and caring labor in Administrative Theory and Praxis, Public Works and Management Policy, Water Policy, State and Local Government Review, PA Times, and in the Public Manager. She is the co-author, with John R. Bartle, of the book Sustainable Development in Public Administration.

    Degrees

    BA, Midland College
    MPA, PhD, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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  • Seth Meyer

    Seth Meyer
    Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 102
    Tel:
    508.531.2950

    Dr. Seth J. Meyer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science with a focus on nonprofit management. He received a BA from the University of Rochester, an MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a PhD from Rutgers University-Newark. Dr. Meyer’s research focuses on the organizational behavior of national nonprofit organizations as well as the management of and relationships between South African nonprofits. His work has appeared in the Journal of Social Work and Journal of Social Service Research. Dr. Meyer is an active member of the NASW and has written for their Administration and Supervision newsletter. He teaches courses on Organizational Theory and Behavior, Nonprofit Management, and Introduction to Public Administration.

    Degrees

    BA, University of Rochester
    MSSW, Columbia University
    PhD, Rutgers University

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  • Rachel Navarre

    Rachel Navarre
    Assistant Professor of Political Science; Honors Program Coordinator
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 204
    Tel:
    508.531.2528

    Rachel Navarre received her PhD from the University at Texas in Austin in Government and specializes in the fields of comparative politics and public policy. After completing her degree she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy at Tulane University in New Orleans. Her research focuses on comparative public policy, specifically issues of framing and issue definition; immigration policy and politics; regional governance; populism; and content analysis. She has presented her work at multiple conferences and currently has articles out for review on immigrant transnational political participation and the effect of religion on attitudes towards immigrants.

    Degrees

    BA, Knox College
    MA, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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  • Na Sai

    Na Sai
    Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 101
    Tel:
    508.531.2457

    Dr. Na Sai specializes in the field of public management and public policy. She also conducts research in nonprofit management. Her current research is focused on human resource management and education policy. She has published in Review of Public Personnel Administration, Social Science Quarterly, and Educational Policy and has also presented a series of articles at professional conferences.   

    Dr. Na Sai is currently teaching POLI 521: Public Finance and POLI 501: Foundations of Public Administration for the MPA program. She is also teaching POLI 172: Introduction to American Government and POLI 390: Public Finance for undergraduate students.

    Degrees

    BA, Peking University (China, People’s Republic of)
    MA, Duke University
    PhD, Georgia State University & Georgia Institute of Technology (Joint Program)

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  • George Serra

    George Serra
    Professor of Political Science
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 103
    Tel:
    508.531.2417

    Dr. Serra served as director of the university’s Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership from 1997-2018 and is the former coordinator of the interdisciplinary civic education and community leadership minor. He also served as department chairperson from 2004-2014.  Dr. Serra’s teaching and research interests focus on legislative and electoral behavior, congressional representation of minority interests, presidency and executive politics, and policy implementation. Dr. Serra is a 2003-2004 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow and has published articles in leading political science journals, including The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Party Politics, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Congress and the Presidency, and Electoral Studies.

    Degrees

    BA, MA, PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook

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  • Melinda Tarsi

    Melinda Tarsi
    Assistant Professor of Political Science
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House, Room 106
    Tel:
    508.531.2404

    Melinda R. Tarsi is a 2018 winner of the Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching, and specializes in the field of American politics, with research interests in public opinion, local government and public administration. Dr. Tarsi is also a Research Fellow with the Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership and a Fellow with the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society. She is the Assessment Coordinator for the Master of Public Administration Program and also coordinates Quantity Across the Curriculum. Her work has appeared in Journalism Practice; Armed Forces and Society; Politics, Groups, and Identities; Social Science Quarterly; and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics. Her research has also been featured in the media on Salon.com, Bloomberg.com and the Washington Post’s blog, “The Monkey Cage.” Dr. Tarsi teaches courses on American politics, public policy and public administration. In addition to her academic work, she is also the chair of her town's finance committee and a director of the Association of Town Finance Committees for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Areas of Expertise

    American politics, public opinion, local government

    Degrees

    BA, Western Connecticut State University
    MA, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Part-time Faculty Profiles

  • Larry Azer

    Larry Azer
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House
    Tel:
    508.531.1387

    Larry Azer is a part-time Senior Instructor in the Political Science department and teaches a one-credit course on Public Budgeting (POLI 597). He also works with the Institute for Policy Analysis and Regional Engagement (IPARE) presenting to groups of citizens across the region.

    Larry is the Director of Finance and Operations for the King Philip Regional School District since January 2011,where he is responsible for all aspects of financial management and ancillary services including budget development, capital planning, food services, student transportation, and facilities management. He is a member of the Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials (MASBO) and is a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Officer (MCPPO).

    While working towards his MPA degree at Bridgewater State University, Larry was the 2013 winner of the Guy Clifford Scholarship for his scholastic achievement and commitment to public service. As a capstone assignment, Larry had his book review of "Trapped Under the Sea" by Neil Swidey published in The Public Manager in the winter of 2014.

    Larry also served as an elected member of the Randolph School Committee from 2003 to 2012, including three years as the board's chair, as well as creating and chairing the budget sub-committee. He was a very active member of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) and he led the school district's effort in passing a $5.5 million operational override of Proposition 2 1/2 in 2008, which is the largest such override in the history of Massachusetts.

    Areas of Expertise

    Public Administration, Public Budgeting

    Degrees

    BA, Tufts University
    MPA, Bridgewater State University

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  • Dennis G. Dallaire

    Dennis G. Dallaire
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House
    Tel:
    508.531.1387

    Dr. Dennis Dallaire received his PhD in political science and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degrees from the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University in Boston. He also earned his Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern. Professor Dallaire’s areas of research include American government/politics, elections, and public administration. Prior to teaching, Dennis worked throughout the federal, state, and local levels of government. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC; the Massachusetts State Senate in Boston; and for the Mayor’s Office in Los Angeles. As a political candidate, he has also run competitive campaigns for public office at both the state and local levels in Massachusetts. Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, he is the first in his family to go to college and to then earn a PhD. He has taught courses in political science and public administration at several colleges and universities. Dennis truly enjoys working with students; blending clear instruction, humor, and unlimited access for those needing further assistance in understanding course material.

    Degrees

    BS, MPA, PhD, Northeastern University

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  • Jodie Drapal Koretski

    Jodie Drapal Koretski
    Part-Time Faculty; Director of Certified Public Manager Program
    Maxwell Library, Room 021
    Tel:
    508.531.2814

    Jodie Drapal Koretski’s main research interests include public and nonprofit organizations, citizen engagement, informal associations, and organizational behavior.  She has presented her work at both national and international public and nonprofit sector conferences and has published research articles in Public Administration Review, and Administrative Theory & Practice. She has created articles for Public Manager, Bridgewater Review and PA Times and has been a reviewer for Public Administration Review, Policy and Politics, Oxford University Press, Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, and Flat World Knowledge.  She also served as the editorial assistant, copy writer, and network administrator for Administrative Theory & Praxis. Drapal Kluver has served over 25 years within the nonprofit sector in a variety of roles and with a myriad of organizations. Within her academic career, she has served as a core faculty member teaching courses in public and nonprofit management and is currently serving as the program director of the Massachusetts Certified Public Managers program at Bridgewater State University.  Over the past several years she has been actively involved with service learning communities on campus, served on the National Service Learning Conference planning committee, and incorporates service learning/experiential learning within her classroom design. She has also been actively involved in the greater community as an educational consultant with a number of nonprofit and governmental organizations, as an instructor/presenter for nonprofit education programs, and as a director of development for a local arts and culture organization.

    Degrees

    BS, University of Nebraska Lincoln/Omaha
    MPA, ABD, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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  • Christopher McMillan

    Christopher McMillan
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House
    Tel:
    508.531.1387

    Mr. McMillan is a part-time instructor and will be teaching undergraduate courses for the Political Science Department. Mr. McMillan practices family and property law and has an office located in Osterville, Cape Cod, MA. In addition to his practice, he works with a large domestic violence nonprofit assisting clients with issues around Abuse Prevention Orders and family law matters. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar, the American Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts state courts and the United States federal courts.

    Degrees

    BA, Bridgewater State University
    JD, Northeastern University

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  • Paula Montgomery

    Paula Montgomery
    Part-Time Faculty
    Dr. Guy C. Clifford House
    Tel:
    508.531.1387

    Paula Montgomery currently serves as the Campaign Manager for the Campaign to Re-Elect Jon Mitchell, Mayor of New Bedford. Paula is a part-time instructor for the Certified Public Manager Program teaching a one-credit course on Change Management. Paula received her MPA degree from Bridgewater State University in 2011.

    Paula has spent 17 years in leadership and management roles with national non-profits. Prior to joining Mayor Mitchell's re-election campaign she was the Executive Director for the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter. Paula also served as the Rhode Island Regional Director for Make-A-Wish MA and RI. Prior to that role, she served in a number of capacities with the American Cancer Society where her last position was State Vice President of Development.

    Paula's undergraduate degrees from Emerson College and Bristol Community College are in Communications and Broadcast Journalism. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Rhode Island Chapter where she has served as co-chair of National Philanthropy Day in 2010, 2014, and 2015. Paula was nominated for a Cable Ace by the National Academy of Cable Program as a producer of a three part series titled Heroin: Back on the Streets in 1998.

    Degrees

    AA, Bristol Community College
    BS, Emerson College
    MPA, Bridgewater State University

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