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Mark Henkels

Professor, Political Science

(503) 838-8544 | henkelm@wou.edu | HSS 205 | M 10-11:30, T 1:30-3:30, R 10-11:30, & by appointment

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

Dr. Henkels’ Course Offerings:
Winter 2019
Course #
Course Name
20494 PS 202 State and local govt 8:30 – 9:50 MTW HSS 107
21438 PS 350 Intro Public Policy 12:00 – 1:50 TR ACK 139
21525 PS 410W Political Science IN OFF CAMPUS
21526 PS 410W Political Science IN OFF CAMPUS
21520 PS 425W Native American Polt 3:00 – 4:50 W HYBRD
Sharyne Ryals, Administrative Assistant

Division of Social Sciences 

503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu Location: HSS 231