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The Department of Political Science at Mercyhurst University invites you to learn more about our program by speaking with a member of the department's faculty. Whether you prefer to hear more about the program by telephone, email or in-person during a campus visit, the department is happy to accommodate you.

Dr. Randy Clemons
Professor of Political Science
Dean of the School of Social Sciences
Preston 109 | | (814) 824-2358
Specialization: International Relations, Public Policy, American Government, Simulations

Dr. Michael Federici
Professor of Political Science
Department Chair
Preston 110 | | (814) 824-2560
Specialization: Political Theory, American Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties

Dr. Brian Ripley
Professor of Political Science
Director, The Public Affairs Forum, Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics
Preston 117 | | (814) 824-3054
Specialization: International Relations, Asian Politics, Foreign Policy

Dr. Joseph M. Morris
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director of the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics
Preston 112 | | (814) 824-2154
Specialization: American Government, Public Policy, Environmental Policy

Dr. Lena Surzhko-Harned
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Mercyhurst Model International Organizations Team Adviser
Preston 104 | | (814) 824-2342
Specialization: Comparative Politics, European Politics, International Relations

Dr. Rolfe Peterson

Assistant Professor
Associate Director and Methodologist for the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics
Preston 101 | | (814) 824-2026
Specialization: American Political Behavior, Survey Research Methods, Public Opinion, and Campaigns and Elections

Dr. Natasha T. Duncan
Assistant Professor
Preston 106 | | (814) 824-2449
Specialization: International Relations, International Political Economy, International Migration, Comparative Politics


Civil War photo exhibit
Photographs of the American Civil War

Dates: Jun 12-Aug 1, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

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