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Michael Allen, Political Science, studio portraitMichael A. Allen, PhD

Political Science
Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Research interests: Dynamics of power and how these dynamics foster behavior between states both in conflict and cooperation.

Michael Allen

Professor Michael Allen is an international relations scholar that focuses his researching and teaching on areas of conflict (both between states and states and non-state actors), power disparity, and methodology. Allen earned his Ph.D. from Binghamton University and his B.A. from the University of Puget Sound.

Dr. Allen has published his research in International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Conflict Management and Peace Science. His research focuses on questions regarding the dynamics of power in how they foster behavior between states both in conflict and cooperation. Specifically, it touches on issues on why and how weak actors states resist the demands of the most powerful states in the international system, how military basing and alliance formation affects the behavior of weaker states, and why and when non-state actors adopt different types of strategies against states (such as guerrilla warfare or terrorism.


Photo of Les AlmLes Alm, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus
Research interests: Environmental policy with attention to the science-policy linkage, the United States-Canada relationship, and borderlands issues.

Les Alm

Professor Alm is a Boise State University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus. He is currently teaching in the Department of Public Policy & Administration each spring semester. Professor Alm’s primary research interests are environmental policy with attention to the science-policy linkage, the United States-Canada relationship, and borderlands issues.

Photo of Amanda AshleyAmanda Johnson Ashley, PhD

Urban Studies and Community Development
Program Director, Assistant Professor
Research interests: Urban revitalization through property-based economic development, public/private partnerships, and civic collaboration; defense investments in cities with a focus on the redevelopment of former military bases

Amanda Johnson Ashley

Dr. Amanda Johnson Ashley’s current research explores urban revitalization through property-based economic development, public/private partnerships, and civic collaboration. As a primary research emphasis, she examines the function of arts and entertainment in cities. Her dissertation, “Developing Urban Arts Districts: Analyzing Mobilization in Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Seattle” analyzes planned arts anchored redevelopment districts and answers whether such interventions are viable policy.

As a secondary research emphasis, she examines the function of defense investments in cities with a focus on the redevelopment of former military bases. With funding from Boise State University’s College of Public Affairs and Public Policy Center, she along with partners in political science are exploring and assessing how communities pursue military base redevelopment and the extent to which they are successful strategies for transformation and integration.

Dr. Johnson Ashley co-authored a paper on “Cities as Entertainment Centers: Can Transformative Projects Create Place?” and presented it at the University of Amsterdam’s Master Class Workshop on “Explaining Metropolitan Transformation: Politics, Functions, and Symbols,” January 24-26, 2013. In Fall 2012, she partnered with the City of Boise’s Department of Art and History to create a graduate-led project to study the contribution of artist residences in the Treasure Valley. She was also appointed the Mission Advancement Vice Chair for the Idaho Chapter of the Urban Land Institute.

She has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer on arts economic development at national conferences and symposia. She has presented work at the American Collegiate Schools of Planning, Urban History, and Society for American City and Planning History conferences. In addition to authoring policy reports for the Penn Institute of Urban Research and Penn Praxis, she has co-authored two publications, including Crossover: How Artists Build Careers across Commercial, Nonprofit, and Community Work, and Artists’ Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods and Economies.

Dr. Johnson Ashley received a PhD in City and Regional Planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political of Science and International Studies from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. Her areas of research and teaching expertise include economic development, community development, housing policy, and public/private partnerships.


Photo of Chris BirdsallChris Birdsall, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Visiting Assistant Professor

Research interests: Public management, performance management, and higher education.

Chris Birdsall

Chris Birdsall is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. He completed his PhD in 2016 and his MPP in 2012 at American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to his graduate studies, Chris worked as a Legislative Aide in the Alaska Legislature.

His research focuses on public management, performance management, and higher education. He has published in the International Public Management Journal and presented papers at numerous conferences including the annual meetings of the Public Management Research Association, Midwest Political Science Association, American Political Science Association, and Association of Public Policy Analysis and
Management.


growette_bostaph-lisa-smallLisa Growette Bostaph, PhD

Criminal Justice
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Research interests: Race and policing, domestic violence and criminal justice system response, and the public perception of the criminal justice system.

Lisa Growette Bostaph

With a PhD in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Lisa Growette Bostaph came to Boise State University in 2003 to teach in the Department of Criminal Justice where her major teaching interests are in research methods, policing, women and the criminal justice system, and victimology. In addition to teaching and mentoring students, her research emphasis has been on race and policing, domestic violence and criminal justice system response, and the public perception of the criminal justice system.

Dr. Bostaph’s work and knowledge benefit the community. Under a federal grant, she helped implement the Idaho Victim Assistance Academy. Dr. Bostaph was named to the five-member Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole by Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in 2012 and was re-confirmed for another term in 2015. In 2013, Governor Otter also appointed Dr. Bostaph to a five-year term as one of two public members on the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission.

Undergraduate Courses: Introduction to Policing, Contemporary Issues in American Policing, Research Methods, Overview of Victimization. Graduate Courses: Crime & Criminal Justice, Gender & Justice, Victimology.


Ross Burkart, studio portraitsRoss Burkhart, PhD

Political Science
Professor
Research interests: Explanatory factors of cross-national democratization patterns, Canada-US Borderlands and environmental policy, and political culture.

Ross Burkhart, PhD

Dr. Burkhart specializes in research on explanatory factors of cross-national democratization patterns, Canada-US Borderlands and environmental policy, and political culture. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and has been a visiting professor at the Norwegian Technical and National University in Trondheim, Norway.

Dr. Burkhart’s book Turmoil in American Public Policy: Science, Democracy, and the Environment was published by Praeger Press (2010). His research has also been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including American Political Science Review, American Review of Canadian Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Borderlands Studies, Journal of Politics, Social Science Journal, and Social Science Quarterly.


IPhoto of Isaac Castellanosaac Castellano, PhD

Political Science
Lecturer
Research interests: State security policy, including defense spending, the role of militias, civil war intervention, and climate change.

Isaac Castellano

Isaac Castellano is a Lecturer in the Political Science Department. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2013, a Masters of Science in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University in 2004, and a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University in 2002. He worked for U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in her District Office for three years. His research examines a variety of issues concerning state security policy, including defense spending, the role of militias, civil war intervention, and climate change. His book Civil War Interventions and Their Benefits: Unequal Return, was published by Lexington Books in December 2014.

Courses: American National Government, International Relations, Civil War and Terrorism


photo of Corey CookCorey Cook, PhD

Dean of the School of Public Service

Corey Cook


Dr. Cook comes from the University of San Francisco, where for the past six years he has been the director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, which oversees graduate programs in public affairs and urban affairs and works collaboratively with government and nonprofit stakeholders to solve problems facing the university’s region.

Cook has taught political science at USF, San Francisco State University, and Rutgers University. He holds two bachelor’s degrees in political science and peace and conflict studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and master’s and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Wisconsin.


Photo of Dan DexheimerDan Dexheimer, MA

Criminal Justice
Lecturer
Research interests: Corrections, Violent Crime, Criminal Justice Policy

Dan Dexheimer

Dan Dexheimer has an MA in Sociology (2003), a BA in sociology (2000), and a BS in Psychology (2000) from the University of Florida. He joined the Criminal Justice department as a lecturer in Fall 2016, after serving as an adjunct for criminal justice and sociology during the 2015/2016 academic year. He teaches a variety of courses, both in-person and online, including introduction to CJ, introduction to corrections, and senior seminar.

Photo of Luke FowlerLuke Fowler, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Assistant Professor
Research interests: Policy implementation, energy and environmental policy, state and local government, public management, public budgeting and finance, and organizational theory.

Luke Fowler

Luke Fowler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, completed his Ph.D. at Mississippi State University in 2013. His research interests include policy implementation, energy and environmental policy, state and local government, public management, public budgeting and finance, and organizational theory.

Dr. Fowler also enjoys working in consultation with local governments. Some of Dr. Fowler’s recent consultation includes focus groups on fair housing for Valdosta, GA and a compensation and scheduling study of police and fire for Moultrie, GA.


Elizabeth Fredricksen, Public Policy and Administration, studio portraitElizabeth Fredericksen, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Professor

Research interests: Intergovernmental relations and networked governance, public and nonprofit management, organizational behavior/ethics, personnel policy

Elizabeth Fredericksen

Dr. Elizabeth Fredericksen is a Professor of Public Policy and Administration in the School of Public Service at Boise State University. She teaches graduate courses on such subjects as public personnel administration, government administration, ethics, grant writing, social inquiry, organizational behavior, and policy process.

Dr. Fredericksen is a co-author of two books, The Politics of Intergovernmental Relation, and Human Resource Management: The Public Service Perspective, and has authored multiple journal articles, conference papers and technical reports. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Fredericksen has consulted with public, private and nonprofit organizations in grant development and administration, ethics, workplace civility, and strategic planning.  


Photo of John FreemuthJohn Freemuth, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Executive Director, Cecil D. Andrus Center for Public Policy, Professor
Research interests: Relationship between science and public policy on issues surrounding public lands.

John Freemuth

John Freemuth is Professor of Public Policy, Boise State University. His primary academic interest is in the public lands of the United States. Currently, his work gravitates towards puzzling out the relationship between science and public policy as it relates to issues surrounding the public lands. He wrote “Thoughts on the Role of Science in Public Policy Making” in Ecology and Conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse: A Landscape Species and Its Habitats (University of California Press, 2011).

He is working on two other projects, one a revision of his and Zachary Smith’s Environmental Politics and Policy in the West (UC Boulder,) and, the second, a set of essays titled “Public Lands in the Age of Ecology.” He chaired the Science Advisory Board of the Bureau of Land Management, after being appointed by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. He was the Senior Fellow at the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy from 1998-2011 and returned as Senior Fellow for Environment and Public Lands in February 2015. He has also been a high school teacher, seasonal park ranger, and IRS Revenue Officer.


Photo of Vanessa FryVanessa Fry, MBA

Idaho Policy Institute

Vanessa Fry

Vanessa serves as the Assistant Director of the Idaho Policy Institute and Assistant Research Professor in the School of Public Service.  Before joining the Idaho Policy Institute Vanessa served as the Assistant Director for the Public Policy Research Center and Policy Innovation Fellow for the City of Boise where she is conducted a feasibility assessment on using Pay for Success financing to address issues associated with chronic homelessness.

Originally from Ohio, Vanessa’s love for the environment led her to non-profit leadership roles and educational pursuits all over the country.  For the past fifteen years she’s chosen to promote positive change through advocacy, smart planning, economic development and teaching. Prior to moving to Idaho Vanessa worked with Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology and researched Lyme disease with the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. Since moving to the state she has utilized her skills in nonprofit management, government relations and stakeholder engagement in a number of roles including as the development director for two nonprofits – the Snake River Alliance and the Environmental Resource Center. As the executive director for Citizens for Smart Growth she pursued the use of a number of market based mechanisms for conservation including a transfer of development rights program.  She also worked to pass Idaho’s first county-wide open space initiative that raised over $3 million to protect land, water and wildlife in Blaine County, ID (home to the Sun Valley ski resort).  As a co-founder and chair of Sustain Blaine (now Sun Valley Economic Development), the region’s first public-private partnership of its kind, Vanessa focused on creating a regional economic development strategy for all of Blaine County.  As a mobility manager for the Community Transportation of Idaho (CTAI) Vanessa helped launch the first statewide mobility management system in the country and worked to increase the connectivity between Idaho’s communities while enhancing quality of life and economic growth.

Since 2007 Vanessa has shared her expertise and enthusiasm for market solutions for sustainability as adjunct faculty for the Capital Markets, Micro/Macro Economics and Macro/Ecological Economics courses at Presidio Graduate School.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Fine Art from Wittenberg University in Ohio and a Masters in Business Administration from Presidio Graduate School.


Photo of Sean GannSean Gann, PhD

Criminal Justice
Research interests: Correctional policy and practice, Juvenile Justice Policy and Processing, Developmental Criminology, Criminal Careers, The Effect of Court Decisions on Criminal Justice Policy.

Sean Gann

Shean Gann arrives at Boise State in Fall 2017 from Columbus State University in Ohio, where he was a lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice and Sociology. Gann has also worked as a parole officer for the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.

Gann received his Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and his MA in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Stewart Gardner, Political Science, studio portraitStewart Gardner, PhD

Political Science
Lecturer, Jack Miller and American Founding Initiative Fellow
Research interests: American National Government, Contemporary Political Ideologies, Constitutional Law, American Political Thought

Stewart Gardner

Dr. Stewart Gardner is a lecturer in the Political Science Department and a Jack Miller and American Founding Initiative Fellow. Dr. Gardner earned his PhD and MA in Political Science from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Washington. He has taught at College of Western Idaho, Texas Pan-Am and Michigan State.

Photo of Andrew GiacomazziAndrew L. Giacomazzi, PhD

Criminal Justice
Professor, Associate Dean of School of Public Service, APS Advisor
Research interests: Program evaluation, community policing and problem-solving, organizational change, crime control, crime in public housing, community crime prevention, and domestic violence.

Andrew L. Giacomazzi


Dr. Andrew L. Giacomazzi joined the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University in 1998. Dr. Giacomazzi has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington State University where he specialized in criminal justice, public administration, and applied policy studies. He also has an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State, and two bachelor’s degrees, in German and Social Ecology, from the University of California-Irvine.

His research interests are in program evaluation, community policing and problem-solving, organizational change, crime control, crime in public housing, community crime prevention, and domestic violence.


Photo of Dr. Jill GillJill Gill, PhD

Professor of History
Co-Director, Idaho Center for History and Politics
Research interests: 20th century American social, cultural, political, and religious history with a research focus on the post-World War Two period

Jill Gill

In addition to the U.S. survey courses, Dr. Gill teaches classes on the 1960s, the Vietnam War, the History of Multicultural America, American Religious History, Sexualities and American Society, Global Human Rights, and Civil Rights Movements in America.

After a year-long post-doctoral research position with the Center for Social and Religious Research at Hartford Seminary, she taught for two years at the University of Findlay in Ohio before returning to her roots in the Pacific Northwest, joining the Boise State faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2000. She specializes in 20th century American social, cultural, political, and religious history with a research focus on the post-World War Two period. Her book, Embattled Ecumenism: the National Council of Churches, the Vietnam War and the Trials of the Protestant Left (Northern Illinois University Press, 2011) explores the anti-Vietnam War efforts of ecumenical Protestants while using that story as a window into understanding the Protestant left’s decline in political influence. Her current book project focuses on black and white racial dynamics in Idaho. Additionally, she has published articles in Peace and Change, Religion and American Culture, the Journal of Presbyterian History, Methodist History, and The Pacific Northwest Quarterly as well as numerous book reviews, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles. Gill is also chair of the History Department.


gillespie_lane-smallLane Gillespie, PhD

Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor

Research interests: victimization, gender, intimate partner violence, rural crime and justice, capital punishment sentencing.

Lane Gillespie

Dr. Lane Kirkland Gillespie earned a PhD in Criminology from the University of South Florida in 2013 and joined the faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University later that year. Dr. Gillespie’s research focuses on violence and victimization, including intimate partner violence, the relationship between gender and crime, rural crime and justice, and the role of the victim in criminal justice processes (e.g., capital sentencing). She teaches courses in her areas of research interest, as well as research methodology.

Dr. Gillespie currently serves on the Idaho Rural Community Collaborative for Underserved Youth Victims of Sexual Assault and Dating Violence with fellow SPS colleague, Dr. Laura King. She is also an active member of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and is the current president of the Western Association of Criminal Justice (WACJ).


Photo of Dr. Bayard GregoryBayard Gregory, PhD

Public Policy & Administration
Instructor
Research interests: Conflict management, negotiation, mediation, group facilitation and social/emotional intelligence.

Bayard Gregory

Dr. Bayard Gregory teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and group facilitation as Associate Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Boise State. Bayard consults actively—presenting workshops, facilitating groups and mediating disputes.

Dr. Gregory has made more than three thousand hours of professional presentations on conflict management, mediation, negotiation, interpersonal communication, group dynamics and emotional intelligence; and has more than thirteen hundred hours of professional practice mediating disputes, facilitating groups in conflict and working with dysfunctional groups. Additionally, Bayard has volunteered for more than two-decades with the Idaho Mediation Association, serving on the Board of Directors, as Vice President and President, as Chair of several committees, and as a presenter at numerous IMA conferences.


Lori Hausegger, Political Science, studio portraitLori Hausegger, PhD

Political Science
Department Chair, Associate Professor, Director, Canadian Studies Program, ​ Director of NEW Leadership Idaho
Research interests: Comparative courts, judicial selection, judicial decision-making and court-Congress relations.

Lori Hausegger

Dr. Lori Hausegger joined the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Boise State University in 2005. Her B.A. and M.A. are both in Political Science from the University of Calgary, and she earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University where her dissertation project explored the impact of interest groups on women’s rights policies of the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts. Her current research interests include comparative courts, judicial selection, judicial decision-making and court-Congress relations.

Dr. Hausegger serves as Co-Director of the Canadian Studies Program, as Pre-Law Advisor at Boise State, and as a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals, including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics.


Photo of Dr. HillGregory Hill, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Director, Idaho Policy Institute; Associate Professor, DPPA
Research interests: Public management, administration, and policy theory and immigration policy

Gregory Hill

Gregory Hill is Director of the Idaho Policy Institute and Associate Professor of Public Policy & Administration. He completed his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2006. He earned his MPA from Idaho State University. His interests center on public management, administration, and policy theory and immigration policy.

He is an avid baseball fan and was invited to present some baseball-related research at the 16th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004. Dr. Hill has extensive survey and research experience in the academic, public, and private sectors. Some of Dr. Hill’s recent survey consultation includes surveying school district superintendents in Texas; working with the Office of Performance Evaluation in developing, managing, and analyzing multiple surveys of the Department of Health and Welfare; producing and analyzing data for the Public Policy Survey.


Photo of Monica HubbardMonica Hubbard, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Environmental, natural resources, energy, and emerging technological and environmental issues.

Monica Hubbard

 Monica Hubbard is an Assistant Professor in Boise State University’s Department of Public Policy and Administration as well as a post-doctoral researcher for the Public Policy Research Center (PPRC).  Dr. Hubbard comes to the PPRC and Boise State University from Oregon State University where she completed her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.  Dr. Hubbard’s research interests and foci are in the fields of environmental, natural resources, energy, and emerging technological and environmental issues.

Her ongoing research includes water resources, as well as emerging technologies, natural disasters, and energy.  Before graduate school, Dr. Hubbard was an environmental policy analyst focusing on corporate environmental accounting, responsibility, compliance, and greenhouse gas accounting. Dr. Hubbard holds a Bachelor’s of Science, Masters of Science in Water Resources, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science.

Courses: Politics, Public Policy Processes, Policy Analysis, the Public Policy and Administration’s capstone.


Photo of Marianne HudsonMarianne Hudson, MA

Criminal Justice
Lecturer
Teaching interests: Corrections, law, organized crime, juvenile justice

Marianne Hudson

Graduated from Boise State University with both Bachelors and master’s degrees in 2005 and 2010 respectively.  She has been teaching at Boise State since 2008 (as an adjunct) and since 2011 (as a lecturer).  She enjoys teaching a variety of types of courses in criminal justice, including but not limited to: corrections, law, organized crime and juvenile justice.

Photo of Cody JorgensenCody Jorgensen, PhD

Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Biosocial and developmental/life-course criminology, policing and forensics, perceptions and attitudes in crime and criminal justice, and quantitative methods.

Cody Jorgensen, PhD

Dr. Cody Jorgensen started at Boise State University in 2015 and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. He earned a Ph.D. in Criminology from the University of Texas at Dallas, an M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, and a B.S. in Forensic Science and a B.S. in Anthropology both from Weber State University.

Dr. Jorgensen’s research interests involve biosocial and developmental/life-course criminology, policing and forensics, perceptions and attitudes in crime and criminal justice, and quantitative methods. He is currently a member of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Courses: Senior Seminar


Photo of Adrian KaneAdrian Kane, PhD

Global Studies
Professor, Co-Director

Adrian Kane, PhD

Adrian T. Kane, Ph.D. is a Professor of Spanish and the Chair of the Department of World Languages at Boise State University. He received his Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of California, Riverside in 2006 with an emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literature, and a secondary concentration in Mexican and Central American fiction. He also holds an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Rhode Island and a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

Dr. Kane teaches Survey of Latin American Literature I and II as well as Senior Seminar and Special Topics Courses on the environment in Latin American literature and culture, Central American literature and culture, and the discourse of modernity in Mexican fiction.

Dr. Kane’s research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American fiction, including contemporary environmental novels, postmodern fiction, and the historical avant-garde. He is the author of Central American Avant-Garde Narrative: Literary Innovation and Cultural Change 1926-1936 (2014) and the editor of The Natural World in Latin American Literatures: Ecocritical Essays on Twentieth Century Writing (2010).


Photo of Jackie KettlerJaclyn J. Kettler, PhD

Political Science
Assistant Professor

Research interests: American politics with an emphasis on state politics, political parties & interest groups, campaign finance, and women in politics.

Jaclyn J. Kettler

Professor Jaclyn Kettler’s research focuses on American politics with an emphasis on state politics, political parties & interest groups, campaign finance, and women in politics. Kettler earned her Ph.D. at Rice University and her BA from Baker University.

Dr. Jaclyn Kettler’s dissertation compares the electoral organization of state political parties using social network analysis and campaign contributions. This approach allows her to examine how the position of candidates within the party impacts their success. In this research, Kettler also studies the role that parties play in linking electoral and legislative politics, which motivates much of her research.

Courses: Introduction to American Politics, Political Parties, and Interest Groups.


Photo of Cheongsin Kim

Cheongsin Kim, PhD

Public Policy & Administration
Visiting Assistant Professor

Research interests: Local government management and public financial management

Cheongsin Kim

Cheongsin Kim, Ph.D., is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Boise State University Department of Public Policy and Administration. Before joining BSU, he worked as a Research Associate for the Bedrosian Center on Governance at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. degree in Policy, Planning, and Development from USC in 2013 with specialization in public management. His interests are in local government management and public financial management. At present, he is engaged with a team project about how local governments adopt the strategic plans for climate protection and energy sustainability. In addition, he is investigating what determines the levels of fund balances and whether volunteering is a useful means of service delivery that eases fiscal burdens.

Cheongsin’s dissertation, Essays on Fiscal Outcomes of Cities in California, examined what affects the levels of fiscal outcomes such as service contracting and publicly provided private goods. The analysis of California cities provided evidence for the importance of institutional and fiscal factors – e.g., government form, home rule, budget surpluses, fund balances, and revenues from upper governments.

Cheongsin studied at Korea University (Bachelor of Public Administration), and Seoul National University (Master of Public Administration), where he won an academic top honors award at graduation.


Photo of Laura KingLaura King, PhD

Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator

Research interests: Sexual violence, intimate partner violence, victim services, and gender and crime.

Laura King

Dr. Laura L. King has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice since 2012 where she teaches courses primarily in research methods, statistical analysis, and victimology.

She completed her Ph.D. in Criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include sexual violence, intimate partner violence, victim services, and gender and crime. She has recent article publications in Victims & Offenders and the Journal of Sexual Aggression.

Courses: Research Methods, Statistics, Senior Seminar, Intimate Partner Violence and Rape


Photo of Richard KinneyRichard Kinney, PhD

Political Science
Emeritus Faculty, Professor

Research interests: American government and politics.

Richard Kinney

Professor Richard Kinney became a member of the Political Science department in August of 1976. After he had retired from his full-time responsibilities in the spring of 2014, he assumed a more limited role in the phased retirement program the following August. He earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His political science courses focused on American government and politics. For many years he coordinated the department’s advising program.

Also, he served in the Master of Public Administration Program from 1976 until the spring of 2012. His courses mainly covered public budgeting and public policy processes. His research interest was state budgeting politics and processes. Since 1991, he regularly contributed at the state budgeting roundtables convened at the Western Political Science Association annual meetings with his analyses of Idaho state budgeting. The Center for Public and Administration at the University of Utah and the California Journal of Politics and Policy published his papers.


Photo of Jacklyn LeeJacklyn Lee, PhD

Criminal Justice
Research interests: Courts and sentencing, criminal justice policy, integration of social science research with legal research, inequalities in the justice system, and the female experience of violence, offending, and punishment.

Jacklyn Lee

Jacklyn Lee arrives at Boise State in Fall 2017 from the University of Maryland where she was a lecturer. She has also been a Graduate Research Assistant at the National Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Lee earned her PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland College Park; an MA Criminology and Criminal Justice, also from University of Maryland College Park, and a JD from the University of Oklahoma.


eric-lindquist-photoEric Lindquist, PhD

Director of Public Policy Research Center
Research interests: Public policy and decision processes, agenda setting, earth systems governance, and the impact of focusing events on public policy, as well as environmental policy and science and technology policy

Eric Lindquist

Dr. Eric Lindquist is the Director of the Public Policy Research Center and an Associate Professor in the School of Public Service. Dr. Lindquist’s research interests are in public policy and decision processes, agenda setting, earth systems governance, and the impact of focusing events on public policy, as well as environmental policy and science and technology policy. His most recent projects focus on wildfire risk perception in the Wildland-Urban Interface, the use of vulnerability assessments in natural resource decision making, and on the policy implications from nanomanufacturing. He has conducted research on climate change policy and the use of climate science in intergovernmental decision making, as well as the public policy implications of nanotechnology, electric vehicle infrastructure, and nuclear detection technology. Prior to joining Boise State University, he was the Associate Director for the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy in the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University. He also held a joint appointment with the Texas Transportation Institute, where he worked in the areas of transportation planning and policy.

Dr. Lindquist has taught undergraduate and graduate political science, public policy, and urban planning courses for Texas A&M University, and the Science and Technology Policy and Politics course and Capstone seminars for the Bush School of Government’s Master of Public Service and Administration Program. At Boise State University he has taught the Capstone courses and graduate courses on climate change policy and public service and global change.

He has published in Political Research Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Systems Dynamics Review, Regional Environmental Change, Review of Policy Research and other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Lindquist has a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography, a Master’s of Urban Planning, and a PhD in Political Science, all from Texas A&M University.


Photo of Scott LoweScott Lowe, PhD

Professor or Economics
Director of the Environmental Studies Program
Coordinator for the Sustainability Minor
Research interests: The influence of regulations on environmental and socioeconomic conditions, air and water quality, urban economics, and on water use in the arid western United States.

Scott Lowe

Dr. Lowe’s primary research interests relate to the influence of regulations on environmental and socioeconomic conditions. His research focal areas include air and water quality, urban economics, and on water use in the arid western United States. Dr. Lowe is currently the Director of the Environmental Studies Program and the coordinator for the Sustainability Minor at Boise State.

Dr. Lowe earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from University of California, Santa Barbara; an  MESM in Environmental Science and Management, also from the University of California, Santa Barbara; an MS in Economics, from Oregon State University; and an BA/BA Economics and Environmental Studies, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Photo of Dr Jeffrey LyonsJeffrey Lyons, PhD

Political Science
Assistant Professor

Research interests: American politics, specifically public opinion, political behavior, political psychology, and state politics.

Jeffrey Lyons

Professor Jeffrey Lyons’ research focuses on American politics, specifically public opinion, political behavior, political psychology, and state politics.  Professor Lyons earned his Ph.D. and MA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his BS from the University of Idaho.

Courses: Introduction to Politics, Campaigns and Elections. 


Susan Mason

Susan Mason, PhD

Community and Regional Planning
Research interests: Regional governance, economic development, urban and community development, and sustainability

Susan Mason

Dr. Susan G. Mason holds a PhD in Political Science since 2004, which is the same year she joined the faculty at Boise State University. She is a Professor with the Department of Community and Regional Planning. Dr. Mason’s professional interests revolve around regional governance, economic development, urban and community development, and sustainability. Dr. Mason has published in a variety of journals including Cities, Economic Development Quarterly, Applied Geography, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Canadian Journal Urban Research, Community Development Journal and State and Local Government Review.

Dr. Mason has also been an invited guest lecturer in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as at regional and local conferences. Some of her guest lectures include planning for an aging demographic, non-motorized transportation planning, citizen participation, and the factors that influence green building.


Gary Moncrief, Political Science, Studio PortraitGary Moncrief, PhD

Political Science
Emeritus Faculty, University Distinguished Professor

Gary Moncrief

Dr. Gary Moncrief is a University Foundation Research Scholar and University Distinguished Professor of Political Science.

Dr. Moncrief received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. In addition to serving on the BSU faculty for over 30 years, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Washington and Rutgers University. Dr. Moncrief has published six books and more than 55 journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of state politics — especially state legislatures. Dr. Moncrief is a frequent speaker at meetings and workshops for state officials around the country.


Photo of Sanghee ParkSanghee Park, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Dynamics that determines different types of policy outcomes, changes, and performances, which is often at the intersection of public administration and political science.

Sanghee Park

Sanghee Park is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Administration from Fall of 2014. Her research focuses on the management of human, financial, and organizational resources in public and quasi-public organizations. She is interested in the dynamics that determines different types of policy outcomes, changes, and performances, which is often at the intersection of public administration and political science.

Her recent articles appeared in the Journal of Public Policy, Public Performance Management Review, International Public Management Journal, Public Organization Review, and American Review of Public Administration. Dr. Park completed her Ph.D. and MPA at Seoul National University, Korea, in 2009 and won the Postdoc Fellowship from the National Research Foundation of Korea.

Courses: Research Methods in Public Administration.


Photo of Marc RuffinengoMarc Ruffinengo, MA

Criminal Justice
Lecturer
Research interests: Police personnel issues and criminological theory

Marc Ruffinengo

Marc Ruffinengo has been with the Department of Criminal Justice since 2013 and mostly instructs courses in research methods, criminological theory, and policing issues. He also infrequently teaches courses in criminal law & procedure and is a regular instructor in the university foundations program, teaching UF 200. He holds an M.A. from Boise State University and a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Photo of Todd ShallatTodd Shallat, PhD

Urban Studies and Community Development
Professor, School of Public Service
Research interests: Cities, Boise

Todd Shallat

Todd Shallat writes and teaches about cities, technology, and the environment. His publications include 24 books and more than 50 book chapters and essays. Literary honors include the Henry Adam Prize for historical writing, the Abel Wolman Award for engineering history, two silver medals for trade-book publishing, and three Idaho Book Awards. In 2002, Shallat was named the Carnegie Foundation’s Idaho Professor of the Year.

Jen Schneider, Public Policy and Administration, Studio Portrait, TagJen Schneider, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Associate Professor

Research interests: Public communication of scientific and environmental controversies, with a particular focus on industry rhetoric and discourses of technical expertise.

Jen Schneider

Jen Schneider is Associate Professor in the School of Public Service at Boise State University, where she is also the Director of the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. She also co-directs the Boise State site of the Idaho EPSCoR project and is affiliate faculty in the Public Policy Research Center and the College of Innovation and Design, where she works on interdisciplinary research teams.

Jen’s research addresses challenges in the public communication of scientific and environmental controversies, with a particular focus on industry rhetoric and discourses of technical expertise. Recent projects include a co-authored book on the rhetoric of the American coal industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016); work addressing hydrofracturing and public controversy; and nuclear power, climate change, and public engagement. Another co-authored book, The Joy of Science, examines the work-life balance challenges facing scientists and engineers (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Courses: U.S. Energy Policy, Philosophy of Social Inquiry.


Photo of Danielle SwerinDanielle Swerin, MA

Criminal Justice
Lecturer
Research interests: Victimology and victim services

Danielle Swerin

Danielle Swerin is a lecturer in the Department of Criminal Justice. She received her Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Certificate in Victim Services from Boise State in 2015.

Danielle has taught several introductory courses at Boise State, both in the classroom and online. She has also worked as a Victim Advocate and Interfaith Liaison for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance; a Domestic Violence Court Case Manager, also for the Women’s and Children’s Alliance; and a Senior Research Analyst for the Idaho State Police


Photo of Stephen UtychStephen Utych, PhD

Political Science
Assistant Professor

Research interests: Language in politics, the development of political attitudes, and how citizens seek out and process political information.

Steven Utych

Professor Steve Utych’s research focuses on political psychology and political behavior, primarily in American politics. His research interests include language in politics, the development of political attitudes, and how citizens seek out and process political information. Dr. Utych received his Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University and his B.S. in Public Policy from Georgia Tech.

Dr. Utych’s research examines how the language used to discuss politics can influence political attitudes. In particular, he studies how the words used to describe political events can have an influence on political attitudes, above and beyond the content of the information.

Courses: Introduction to Politics, Quantitative Research Methodology.


Photo of vandusky-allenJulie VanDusky-Allen, PhD

Political Science
Lecturer
Research interests: How political parties adapt to institutional limits on their power; how US troop deployments influence foreign policy decision making in other countries

Julie VanDusky-Allen

Julie VanDusky-Allen received her PhD in Political Science in August 2011 from Binghamton University. She currently teaches courses in comparative politics, American politics, and research methods. With respect to research, she focuses mostly on how political parties adapt to institutional limits on their power. She also examines how US troop deployments influence foreign policy decision making in other countries. Additionally, Julie received a Fulbright research scholarship to gather data and teach in Mexico City during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Courses: POLS 298: Introduction to Political Inquiry, POLS 298: Introduction to Political Inquiry, POLS 426: European Politics


Justin Vaughn, Political Science, studio portraitJustin Vaughn, PhD

Political Science
Associate Professor, Co-Director, Idaho Center for History and Politics

Research interests: American political institutions, with an emphasis on executive politics.

Justin Vaughn

Professor Justin Vaughn focuses his research and teaching on American political institutions, with an emphasis on executive politics. He currently serves co-director of the Center for Idaho History & Politics as well as a board member of the Pacific Northwest Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association’s Presidents & Executive Politics section. Dr. Vaughn earned his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and his BS and MS in Political Science from Illinois State University.

Dr. Justin Vaughn is a co-author of Czars in the White House: The Rise of Policy Czars as a Presidential Management Tool (University of Michigan Press, 2015) and co-editor of Poli Sci Fi: An Introduction to Political Science through Science Fiction (Routledge, 2016). He is also co-editor of three volumes related to the presidency and political communication: Controlling the Message: New Media in American Political Campaigns (NYU Press, 2015); The Rhetoric of Heroic Expectations: Establishing the Obama Presidency (Texas A&M University Press, 2014); and Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics (University Press of Kentucky, 2012), which won both the PCA/ACA Susan Koppelman Award and the SWPACA Peter C. Rollins Award in 2014.

Courses: Legislative Behavior, American Presidency.


Photo of Tony WalshAnthony Walsh, PhD

Criminal Justice
Professor

Research interests: Criminology, with emphasis on biosocial theories.

Anthony Walsh

Dr. Anthony Walsh has been a Professor of Criminal Justice at Boise State University since 1984, after earning a Ph.D. in Criminology from Bowling Green State University. His research in criminology, with emphasis on biosocial theories, has resulted in many publications and presentations. Dr. Walsh also serves as a manuscript reviewer and consulting editor for numerous journals, and is a guest editor for Biosocial Criminology for the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

Courses: Research Statistics, Advanced Research Statistics, Law and Justice, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Police and the Community, Community-Based Corrections, Interviewing and Counseling in Criminal Justice, Advanced Interviewing and Counseling in Criminal Justice, Public Policy and Criminal Behavior, Psychobiology of Love and Human Behavior, Psychopaths and their Crimes, Theories of Crime, Senior Tutorial.


Photo of Brian WamplerBrian Wampler, PhD

Political Science, Professor
Global Studies, Co-Director

Research interests: Participatory Democracy, Brazil and Latin America.

Brian Wampler

Professor Brian Wampler focuses his research and teaching on Brazil and Latin America. Wampler has lived and conducted research in Brazil, Mexico, and Spain. Wampler earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, Austin, and his BA in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his family.

Dr. Brian Wampler is the author of Participatory Budgeting in Brazil: Cooperation, Contestation, and Accountability (Pennsylvania State University Press 2007). In 2009-2010, Wampler was a Fulbright Scholar at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, located in Belo Horizonte Brazil. Based on this research Wampler has a forthcoming book, Activating Democracy in Brazil: Popular Participation, Social Justice and Interlocking Institutions (University of Norte Dame Press).

Courses: Comparative Politics.


Photo of Jessica WellsJessica Wells, PhD

Criminal Justice
Research interests: Biosocial correlates of antisocial behavior, orrectional officer job stress and job satisfaction, genetics and self-control, agression, psychopathy.

Jessica Wells

Jessica Wells arrives at Boise State in Fall 2017 from Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, where she was a Graduate Research Assistant for the College of Criminal Justice.

Wells received her PhD in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Sam Houston State, an MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology, also from Sam Houston State. She earned her in BA Criminology & Criminal Justice and English from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.


Photo of Stephanie WittStephanie Witt, PhD

Public Policy and Administration
Professor, Director, Applied Research Center

Stephanie Witt

Dr. Stephanie Witt is Director of the Applied Research Center at Boise State University. She is also a Professor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Political Science programs. She serves as Editor of the Social Science Journal.

Stephanie Witt began her career at Boise State in 1989 as a political science professor, after receiving her doctorate from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She chaired the Political Science Department for six years, has served as Interim Associate Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs for nearly six years.

Courses: Philosophy and Practical Foundations.


Scott Yenor, Political Science, studio portraitScott Yenor, PhD

Political Science
Professor

Research interests: Political philosophy

Scott Yenor

Scott Yenor is a Professor of Political Science at Boise State University, where he teaches political philosophy. He lives in Meridian, Idaho with his wife, Amy, and his five children. He earned his Ph.D. from Loyola University, Chicago (2000) and his B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1993).

Dr. Yenor is the author of articles on David Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment, presidential power, literature and politics, and of Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought (Baylor 2011). He is currently working on several projects, including a book on the principles of family regime for the late modern world, David Hume’s humanity, and an analysis of American Reconstruction.


Photo of John Ysursa

John Ysursa, PhD

Global Studies
Professor, Co-Director

John Ysursa

John is a Boise native, and a graduate of Boise State in 1985.  For many years he has been actively involved in the Basque-American community in various ways, including Basque cultural endeavors that bridge the worlds of academia and popular culture. One chief responsibility is to serve as managing editor of one of Boise State’s first online academic journal, BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal.  Additional responsibilities entail facilitating various initiatives of Boise State Basque Studies both on campus (e.g., periodic academic conferences, visiting performers and scholars, webmaster of the program’s university webpage, contacts of international partners to foster student, faculty, and professional exchanges, etc.) and in the larger local community in an effort to forge “learning links.”  Research and teaching interest include workshops and regular course offerings on various aspects of Basque culture including issues of identity, immigration, rituals, history, music, song, dance, etc.