Department of Political Science

The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.


NICOLE DETRAZ, Professor, PhD (2009), Colorado State University [2028]

ERIC GROENENDYK, Professor, PhD (2009), University of Michigan [2028]

DOUGLAS IMIG, Professor, PhD (1991), Duke University [2022]

MATTHIAS KAELBERER, Professor, PhD (1997), Princeton University [2023]

DURSUN PEKSEN, Assistant Professor, PhD (2008), University of Memphis [2025]

SHARON A. STANLEY, Associate Professor, PhD (2006), University of California, Berkeley [2025]

KRIS-STELLA TRUMP, Assistant Professor, PhD (2013), Harvard University [2025]


DEREFE CHEVANNES, Assistant Professor, PhD (2019), University of Connecticut 

SHELBY GROSSMAN, Assistant Professor, PhD (2016), Harvard University 

LEAH CATHRYN WINDSOR, PhD (2012), The University of Mississippi 

PAUL ANTHONY MEGO, PhD (1999), University of Alabama 


MICHAEL SANCES, Assistant Professor, PhD (2014), Massachusetts Institute of Technology [2022]

NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets for Full and External only.