Faculty and Staff

Dr. George E. Connor

Research and professional interests: Literature and politics; biblical criticism; Missouri politics

Caitlin Davies

Research and professional interests: Political Behavior, Political Psychology, American Politics, Partisanship, Political Identities, Public Opinion.

Dr. Mark C. Ellickson

Research and professional interests: State legislative politics; job satisfaction; survey research methodology; applied survey research for governmental, commercial, and non-profit organizations

Dr. Sara Henary

Research and professional interests: Modern political thought; American political thought; Politics and literature; Religion and politics

Dr. David E. Johnson

Research and professional interests: Use of Information technology in decision making; computer simulation and modeling for disaster response; social vulnerability; integration of geographic information systems in public service

Dr. James B. Kaatz

Dr. James B. Kaatz

Associate Professor
Master of Public Administration Program Director

Research and professional interests: Employee motivation; local government employee compensation; Public service motivation; cooperation and conflict among local elected officials

Dr. Ashley E. Leinweber

Research and professional interests: Provision of public goods and services by non-state actors in weak/failed African states; Increasing mobilization of minority groups in democratizing countries; Peace and conflict processes

Dr. Michael R. Masterson

Research and professional interests: International conflict and political psychology with an area focus on China

Dr. Gabriel A. Ondetti

Dr. Gabriel A. Ondetti

Professor
Director of the Master of Global Studies Program

Research and professional interests: Latin American politics (especially Brazil, Mexico and Bolivia); social movements; land reform; taxation; social policy

Dr. Indira Palacios-Valladares

Research and professional interests: Chilean labor politics and women’s social and political participation in Latin America; Latin-American student movements and attempts to explain why student mobilization varies across the region

Dr. Kevin M. Pybas

Dr. Kevin M. Pybas

Interim Department Head
University Pre-Law Advisor

Research and professional interests: The law of church and state; constitutional law; modern and contemporary liberal political thought; American political thought; religion and politics

Dr. Yuhua Qiao

Research and professional interests: Public risk management; public procurement; politics in state budgeting; interstate fiscal disparities; revenue forecasting; China’s pension system; China revenue policies China’s health policies

Dr. David Romano

Research and professional interests: Nationalism; Social movements; Non-state actors; Politicized Islam; Middle-East and Mediterranean politics (special emphasis on Turkey, Iraq, the Kurds, and other Middle Eastern minorities); Forced migration

Dr. Patrick G. Scott

Research and professional interests: Bureaucracy; red tape; leadership; strategic management; program evaluation