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Nick Buccola - Associate Professor & Founding Director, Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice (Chair)

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Education: B.A., B.S. Santa Clara University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Southern California

Professor Nick Buccola joined the Linfield faculty in 2007. A keen researcher of American political thought and constitutional theory, Dr. Buccola published his first book in 2012. “The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty" was a finalist in the General Nonfiction category for the Oregon Book Award in 2013. In addition, Dr. Buccola has written about the same-sex marriage debate, Friedrich Nietzsche's critique of socialism, and the political philosophies of Judith Shklar and Leo Strauss. He is currently engaged in research on the ideological origins of the Tea Party movement and the idea of natural law. Numerous collaborative research grants have enabled Dr. Buccola to have students assist in his research. In the years ahead, Buccola hopes to teach courses in African-American political thought; politics and the arts; gender and politics; and January Term travel classes to Washington, D.C. and Italy.

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Patrick Cottrell - Assistant Professor of Political Science (on sabbatical 2014-15)

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Education: B.A. University of California-Davis; M.A. Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor Patrick Cottrell has been a member of the Linfield faculty since 2008. Besides teaching in the Department of Political Science, Dr. Cottrell also serves as Coordinator of the International Relations major. His research centers on global governance, political change, international security and U.S. foreign policy. He has published in a range of journals including International Organization, the European Journal of International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Review of International Studies. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, Cottrell worked at the U.S. Department of State, primarily on arms control and nonproliferation issues. Currently he is working on a number of projects, including: the power and accountability of international sports organizations such as FIFA, the governance of refugee assistance along the Thai-Burmese border (supported by an ASIANetwork faculty-student collaborative research grant), and the politics of disarmament. He is also in the final stages of a book manuscript on the evolution of international security institutions.

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Shaik Ismail - Director of International Programs; Associate Professor of Political Science

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Education: B.A. Beloit College; M.P.A., Ph.D. The American University

Dr. Shaik Ismail is the Director of International Programs at Linfield College, where he oversees international initiatives on the McMinnville and Portland campuses and at 31 locations abroad. A member of the Linfield faculty since 2003, he also teaches in the Department of Political Science. Dr. Ismail previously served as the assistant vice president for International Programs and dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa. Prior to that appointment, he served as associate dean of the Washington Semester Program and the World Capitals Program at the American University in Washington, D.C. The programs drew 800 undergraduates from across the nation for intensive study of public policy and served 450 students each year with study abroad programs. Dr. Ismail has also served as a consultant to the State Department and the National Institute of Education, and previously taught courses at the American University and Cornell University.


Dimitri Kelly - Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Education: B.A. University of California, Davis; M.A., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison


Dawn Nowacki - Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science (on sabbatical spring 2015)

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Education: B.A., M.A. University of Washington; Ph.D. Emory University

Dr. Dawn Nowacki is the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science and has been teaching at Linfield since 1994. She received her bachelor’s degree in Russian Area Studies and her master’s in Communication from the University of Washington. Her professional interests pertain to comparative women’s politics; the government and politics of Eastern Europe; comparative ethnopolitics in the Russian regions; the politics of nationalism; and research methodology. During her career, Dr. Nowacki has received several honors, including the Language and Area Studies Fellowship and the Research Scholar Program of the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Her academic work includes articles on ethnic politics in former Soviet Republics and a book chapter on the waning political representation of women in Russian regional assemblies.

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