Associate Professor, Pre-Law Advisor, and Department Chair
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Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Darnton's research explores connections between domestic and international politics, especially in Latin America and in US-Latin American relations, through government archives, interviews, and other sources. He is particularly interested in how interest groups distort national security policymaking with respect to enduring rivalries, conflict resolution, alliance politics, regional integration, counterinsurgency and counterterrorism, and state-building. Dr. Darnton is the author of Rivalry and Alliance Politics in Cold War Latin America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), and his research has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Latin American Research Review, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and Security Studies. He teaches courses on international conflict resolution, comparative foreign policy, Latin American politics, Brazilian foreign policy, comparative politics, and qualitative research methods.
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator
Dr. Green’s research and teaching interests include congressional politics, U.S. elections, political leadership, the city of Washington, D.C., and American political development. He is the author of The Speaker of the House: A Study of Leadership (2010, Yale University Press) and coauthor of Washington 101: An Introduction to the Nation's Capital (2014, Palgrave Macmillan). His research has also appeared in a number of journals, including American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Polity. He is a fellow at CUA’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies and was a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in 2002-3.
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Dr. Hellmuth's research covers World Politics, particularly the study of European Politics, Comparative Counter-terrorism Responses, Homeland Security, General Comparative Politics, and American Foreign Policy. She has co-published articles and book chapters in Democracy and Security, The Nonproliferation Review, and Beyond Sovereignty. Her publications also include policy papers published by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington, D.C. where she is a Non-Resident Fellow. Dr. Hellmuth has held appointments as Assistant Professor at American University’s School of International Service, and as a Research Fellow at the National War College, National Defense University. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the effects of government structures in shaping counter-terrorism policies in Germany, the United States, Great Britain and France.
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Dr. Henderson is the author of Managing the Presidency: The Eisenhower Legacy-From Kennedy to Reagan (Transforming American Politics), and editor of The Presidency Then and Now. He is currently writing Twelve Leaders Who Made a Difference - a comparative study of U.S. political leaders who had a profound impact on the institutions in which they served. He has published articles and book chapters in Perspectives on Political Science, Presidential Studies Quarterly, The Political Science Reviewer, The Executive Office of the President, and The Presidency and National Security Policy. Teaching interests include: U.S. political leadership since 1789, executive branch policymaking, the U.S. presidency, and American national institutions.
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Dr. Kromkowski has written and edited various publications in the field of urban and ethnic politics, including his award-winning study Neighborhood Deterioration and Juvenile Crime and the annual editions series Race and Ethnic Relations. Dr. Kromkowski offers courses in the fields of urban government and politics, ethnic politics, and comparative urbanism. Presently, he directs the department's Washington area internship programs. He also is the current president of the National Center for Urban and Ethnic Affairs.
Dr. O'Leary's teaching and publications have focused on political economy, comparative political development, and American foreign policy. His current research interest is the political economy of capitalist development in Chile, India, and the Peoples Republic of China. Dr. O'Leary has recently published a chapter, "Third World Developmentalism," in Modern Capitalism, and has published a textbook, Power, Principles and Interests.
Dr. Urban is the author of Moscow and the Italian Communist Party (winner of the American Historical Association's Marraro Prize in 1986) and Russia's Communists at the Crossroads (a Choice selection as "Outstanding Academic Book" in 1997). She has also edited/coauthored several collective volumes and published numerous articles and chapters on international communist affairs and post-Soviet Russian politics. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, and other institutions. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, she has made semi-annual visits to Russia for research and interviews. She is a research associate of George Washington University's Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and has been a visiting scholar in Moscow at the scholar in Moscow at the Institute of Scientific Information on the Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her current teaching interests include Russian politics under Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin, Cold War history, and comparative governments of West and East-Central Europe.
Professor White has written extensively about the American party system and the U.S. presidency. Professor White's newest book, Barack Obama's America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family, and Religion Ended the Reagan Era, explores the important role demography plays in determining our collective political futures and why Obama's victory in 2008 signals the onset of an electoral landscape that is more favorable to the Democratic party. He also authored The Values Divide: American Politics and Culture in Transition, which examines how values play an important role in motivating people to vote and, in the process, have contributed to significant changes within the Democratic and Republican party coalitions. Professor White is also the author of The Fractured Electorate, The New Politics of Old Values, and Still Seeing Red, and he has co-edited several works including Governing New York State, Challenges to Party Government, The Politics of Ideas, and The Collapse of the Old Order: Political Parties in a Post-Industrial World.
Professor Yeo's research lies at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics. His research and teaching interests include international relations theory, social movements, East Asian security, U.S. global force posture, and North Korea. Professor Yeo is the author of Activists, Alliances, and Anti-U.S. Base Protests (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His research has appeared in Comparative Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Peace Review, and Journal of East Asian Studies.