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Political Science

The study of politics at Roger Williams University covers the institutions and processes by which human affairs are governed, both nationally and internationally. The Political Science program offers students a comprehensive and balanced selection of courses, exposing them to the traditional subfields of the discipline: American national politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, public administration and public policy.

Courses are intended to provide a basis for intelligent citizenship, increase capacity for community service and orient students toward a lifelong interest in learning. Internships – both local and in Washington D.C., independent study and study abroad are encouraged. The study of politics at RWU develops skills that are useful for law school and legal careers, business careers, non-profit work, various international and public policy careers, as well as for careers in politics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should have a basic knowledge of the political institutions and processes of the government of the United States. Method of assessment: pre-test/post-test.
  2. Students should have a basic knowledge of political theory, political systems around the globe, or politics in the international arena. Method of assessment: pre-test/post-test.
  3. Students should have in depth knowledge of at least one of the following five subfields of the discipline: American Government and Public Administration, Comparative Politics, International Politics, Public and Constitutional Law and Political Theory. Method of assessment: content analysis of senior seminar paper.
  4. Students should be able to demonstrate critical thinking skills or formulate and defend a thesis in a written or oral format. Method of assessment: analysis of argument of senior seminar paper.
  5. Students should be able to utilize the proper methodologies necessary for writing a paper in the field of political science. Method of assessment: methodological assessment of senior seminar paper.
Jay Speakman
Adjunct Professor
Contact Information
(401) 254-3254

Jay Speakman

Jay
Speakman
Adjunct Professor
Contact Information
(401) 254-3254
Annika Hagley
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo
Contact Information
(401) 254-3438
FCAS 114
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Congress, Presidency

Annika Hagley

Annika
Hagley
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo
Contact Information
(401) 254-3438
FCAS 114
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Congress, Presidency
Robert Eisinger, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Contact Information
(401) 254-3043
GHH 301
Areas of Expertise: 
Public Opinion, Methodology

Robert Eisinger

Robert
Eisinger
Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Contact Information
(401) 254-3043
GHH 301
Areas of Expertise: 
Public Opinion, Methodology
Steve Esons
Professor of Political Science
Contact Information
(401) 254-3070
FCAS 226
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Public Administration, Experiential Learning Pedagogy

Steve Esons

Steve
Esons
Professor of Political Science
Contact Information
(401) 254-3070
FCAS 226
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Public Administration, Experiential Learning Pedagogy
June S. Speakman, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
B.A. University of Massachusetts, M.A. New School for Social Research, Ph.D. City University of New York
Contact Information
(401) 254-3346
FCAS 113
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Public Policy, Public Administration, University Core

June S. Speakman

June S.
Speakman
Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
B.A. University of Massachusetts, M.A. New School for Social Research, Ph.D. City University of New York
Contact Information
(401) 254-3346
FCAS 113
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Public Policy, Public Administration, University Core
Mark Sawoski, Ph.D.
Professor of International Relations
B.A. Tufts University, M.A., M.A.L.D., Ph.D. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Contact Information
(401) 254-3072
FCAS 117
Areas of Expertise: 
International Relations, International Law and Negotiations, Foreign Policy, Russia and China

Mark Sawoski

Mark
Sawoski
Ph.D.
Professor of International Relations
B.A. Tufts University, M.A., M.A.L.D., Ph.D. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Contact Information
(401) 254-3072
FCAS 117
Areas of Expertise: 
International Relations, International Law and Negotiations, Foreign Policy, Russia and China
Joseph W. Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations
B.A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.A., Ph.D. University of Utah
Contact Information
(401) 254-3784
FCAS 110
Areas of Expertise: 
Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, International Relations, Transnational Social Movements, Computer-Mediated Political Communications, University Core

Joseph W. Roberts

Joseph W.
Roberts
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations
B.A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, M.A., Ph.D. University of Utah
Contact Information
(401) 254-3784
FCAS 110
Areas of Expertise: 
Comparative Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, International Relations, Transnational Social Movements, Computer-Mediated Political Communications, University Core
David Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. State University of New York-Stony Brook
Contact Information
(401) 254-5212
FCAS 115
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Research Methods, University Core

David Moskowitz

David
Moskowitz
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. State University of New York-Stony Brook
Contact Information
(401) 254-5212
FCAS 115
Areas of Expertise: 
American Politics, Research Methods, University Core
C. Tadeusz Kugler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations
B.S. Tulane University, M.B.A., Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University
Contact Information
(401) 254-3447
FCAS 112
Areas of Expertise: 
International Political Economy, International Relations, European Politics

C. Tadeusz Kugler

C. Tadeusz
Kugler
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations
B.S. Tulane University, M.B.A., Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University
Contact Information
(401) 254-3447
FCAS 112
Areas of Expertise: 
International Political Economy, International Relations, European Politics
Ernest A. Greco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A. University of Illinois, Ph.D. Boston University
Contact Information
(401) 254-3419
FCAS 111
Areas of Expertise: 
Comparative Politics, Latin American and European Politics, University Core

Ernest A. Greco

Ernest A.
Greco
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A. University of Illinois, Ph.D. Boston University
Contact Information
(401) 254-3419
FCAS 111
Areas of Expertise: 
Comparative Politics, Latin American and European Politics, University Core