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Politics, Policy & Administration

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Politics, Policy and Administration faculty

 

Eliot Dickinson, associate professor of politics, policy and administration

Eliot Dickinson (2008), associate professor of politics, policy and administration
dickinse@wou.edu | wou.edu/las/socsci/faculty/ dickinson.htm

 

Dr. Dickinson earned B.A. degrees in political science and German from Washington State University in 1994, M.A. degrees in political science and German from Bowling Green State University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in political science from Purdue University in 2004. He teaches courses in comparative politics, with an emphasis on Peace Studies and politics in South Africa, Austria and Germany. At WOU he is also the faculty advisor for the Model United Nations Club.

 

His research interests focus on the politics of immigration in the United States, South Africa, and Germany. His publications include a comparative politics textbook chapter titled “Austria: Government and Politics in the Alpine Republic,” and he is author of the book Copts in Michigan (Michigan State University Press, 2008).

 

B.A., 1994, Washington State University | M.A., 1999, Bowling Green State University | Ph.D., 2004, Purdue University

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Ed Dover

Edwin D. Dover (1987), professor of politics, policy and administration
dovere@wou.edu | wou.edu/las/socsci/faculty/ dover.htm

 

Ed Dover joined Western Oregon University in September, 1987 after ten years of college teaching in Wyoming, Colorado, and Tennessee. He teaches introductory courses in American government and public administration and advanced courses such as: Political Parties, Pressure Groups, and Elections, American Presidential Elections, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, Public Personnel Administration, Governmental Budgeting, Congress and the Presidency, Constitutional Law, Community Politics, and Public Sector Labor Relations.

 

His scholarship focuses on American presidential elections and includes six published books and various papers dealing with voting patterns, news coverage, television advertising, and electoral disputes involving the elections from 1960 to 2012.  Dover is also an active member of the faculty labor union, the Western Oregon University Federation of Teachers where he has served several terms as both chapter president and chief negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations.

 

B.A. 1970 | M.P.A. 1974 | M.A. 1976, University of Wyoming | Ph.D. 1985, University of Colorado

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Mark Henkels

Mark Henkels (1988), professor of politics, policy and administration
henkelm@wou.edu | wou.edu/~henkelm/

 

Mark Henkels came to Western in 1988 to help start the public policy and administration program. Since that time he has expanded his teaching and advising to include political science and legal studies. He is the guy to see for political and administrative internships and for pre-law advising. His teaching interests center on American public policy, but he also regularly teaches the following courses: Policy Dimensions of the Aging Society, Environmental Values and Political Action, Introduction to Administrative Law, Introduction to Policy Analysis, and Democracy: Theory and Practice.

 

Dr. Henkels has an ongoing research interest in state politics, particularly Oregon state government. He also presents regularly on the challenges and opportunities created for the aging of our society. He strongly believes that a modern society needs a capable and ethical public service.

 

B.A. 1980, Whitman; College | M.A. 1984, University of Virginia | Ph.D. 1988, University of Utah

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Mary Pettenger, department chair, professor of politics, policy and administration

Mary E. Pettenger (2003), professor of politics, policy and administration (department chair)
pettengm@wou.edu | wou.edu/~pettengm/

 

Dr. Mary Pettenger is a professor of politics, policy and administration at Western Oregon University. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver, and her B.A. from Whitman College. She teaches courses in the fields of international and comparative politics, including International Relations, Environmental Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, International Law, International Organization, Human Rights, Causes of War, Government and Politics of Europe and Government and Politics of Asia.

 

Her research focuses on the social construction of international climate change policies, environmental policies in the Netherlands and Canada, and active learning techniques in the classroom. She has published an edited volume, The Social Construction of Climate Change, ed., Ashgate Publishing, 2007, a chapter in the Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Politics, as well as articles in International Studies Perspectives, Environmental Communication, and International Politics.

 

B.A. 1988, Whitman College | M.A. 1993 | Ph.D. 2000, University of Denver

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