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Specialization: International Relations, Public Policy, American Government, Simulations
Dr. Clemons received his bachelor of arts at Whitworth College in Spokane, WA., and his doctorate at Idaho State University, where he taught before coming to Mercyhurst. Dr. Clemons is a full professor, and serves as the Dean of the School of Social Sciences (i.e. the departments of History, Applied Intelligence, Sociology, Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Political Science).
Dr. Clemons’s most recent publications are an article in The Journal of Public Affairs and the 2nd edition (2009 copyright, Longman-Pearson Publishers) of Public Policy Praxis: A Case Approach for Understanding Policy and Analysis. This book (1st edition 2001) was co-authored by Dr. Mark McBeth and has been widely adopted as a text in public policy programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Some of the schools where professors have adopted it include: Duke, Syracuse, UCLA, American University, Boise State University, University of Pennsylvania, Western Washington University, George Mason, Seton Hall, University of Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Portland State University, Clemson, Michigan State, Florida State, University of Florida, Creighton, Tennessee State, Long Island University, University of Wyoming, Truman State University, University of Maine, Arizona State, Utah State, University of Utah, Cleveland State University, Kent State, University of St. Thomas, Evergreen State College, Davidson College, the US Coast Guard Academy, West Point, Catholic University of America, University of New Hampshire, John Hopkins, University of Akron, Virginia Tech, and Cal-State at Northridge, Long Beach, Carson, San Luis Obispo, and Davis.
Professor Clemons is originally from Oakesdale, Washington.
Dr. Duncan's current research is on international migration, particularly the political economy of labor migration policies and the impact of these policies on international labor migration flows. She has authored and co-authored articles on migration, democratic sustainability in the Caribbean, media and terrorism, and the political psychology of commitments.
Specialization: International Relations, International Political Economy, International Migration, Comparative Politic
Dr. Duncan is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. She enjoys teaching courses in international relations and comparative politics, especially in the area of international political economy and Latin American and Caribbean politics. Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Natasha came to the United States in 1999 to begin her undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she earned her BA in 2003. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in 2006 and 2010, respectively, from Purdue University in the Department of Political Science.
Dr. Michael P. Federici is Professor of Political Science at Mercyhurst University. He currently serves as department chair. He is in his twenty-third year of college teaching. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from The Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. (1990), his M.A. from CUA in 1985, and his B.S. in Economics from Elizabethtown College in 1983. Dr. Federici has published two books, The Challenge of Populism (1991) and Eric Voegelin: The Restoration of Order (2002) and several articles and book reviews. He has a forthcoming book, an edited volume of Orestes Brownson’s political writings (ISI Books), due out in 2013. His latest books are The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012 and an edited volume, Rethinking the Teaching of American History, published by Butler Books in 2012.
Dr. Federici participated in a debate January 29, 2008 at Georgetown University sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Tocqueville Forum on America: Empire or Republic. He also gave lectures at Notre Dame Law School on Russel Kirk and Constitutionalism in April 2008 and Berkeley University in June 2010 on The Global and Local Community. Dr. Federici taught for Mercyhurst College in Dungarvan, Ireland during the spring 2010 term.
He is president of the Mercyhurst University Faculty Senate and serves on the College’s Board of Trustees. He previously served as Faculty Senate president from 2007-2009. He was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Humanitas and to the Board of Directors of The Academy of Philosophy and Letters. In August 2002, he was one of a select group of American scholars invited to deliver a paper during the Chinese Comparative Literature Association’s Conference in Nanjing, China. In 1993 Dr. Federici participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Thomas Jefferson that was held at The University of Virginia and The College of William and Mary. He was a Distinguished Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. In 2004 he wrote a winning grant application to the U.S. Department of Education for a $984,920 three-year grant from the Teaching American History Program for the Corry Area School District. In 2005 he wrote another successful TAHG for the Erie City School District for $499,736. He served as the Project Director for both grants. Professor Federici has been interviewed for local and national media including WJET TV, WICU TV, WSEE TV, C-SPAN, WQLN Radio, WJET Radio, WNYC Radio, WBEN Radio (Buffalo), The Erie Times News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and CQ Weekly. Dr. Federici is originally from Denville, New Jersey. He is married to Frances, his wife of 22 years. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Amy.
Specialization: American Government, Public Policy, Environmental Policy
Dr. Morris received his bachelor of arts at San Diego State University, master of arts at California State University at Fullerton and master of public administration and doctorate at Idaho State University. He is an Associate Professor, serves as Chair of the Department of Political Science and has been teaching at Mercyhurst since 2001. He is the former Director of the Mercyhurst College Honors Program. Professor Morris was a visiting professor at Idaho State University before coming to Mercyhurst. He is originally from Claremont, California. He and his wife, Leanne, have two children, Grace (7) and Logan (2 mo.).
Specialization: American Political Behavior, Survey Research Methods, Public Opinion, and Campaigns and Elections
Dr. Rolfe Daus Peterson recently joined the political science faculty at Mercyhurst College after receiving his M.A. and PhD from the University of California at Davis. He serves as Associate Director at the Center for Applied Politics and methodologist for the Mercyhurst Poll.
While collaborating with Professor Walter Stone at UC Davis, Dr. Peterson helped design and implement the 2006 Challenger Emergence Study (CES). The 2006 CES is an informant-based survey from a sample of 150 congressional districts which uses party elites as district informants to garner expert opinion on the district and congressional election. The project utilized online, direct mail, and phone surveys. Using survey data from the project, Dr. Peterson co-authored a book chapter in Fault Lines: Why the Republicans Lost Congress (2009).
His current research project is a quantitative analysis exploring the choice of Members of Congress to adopt Twitter as a means of constituent contact, which he presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association in San Francisco. In addition, using original data gathered at the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics, Dr. Peterson is exploring public opinion on former Pennsylvania senator Arlen Specter and his recent high-profile switch to the Democratic Party.
While at UC Davis, Dr. Peterson was recognized for his teaching as well as research. He was one of three finalists for the 2009-2010 ASUCD Annual Teaching Award for Outstanding Instructor in the social sciences, a student-nominated, student-funded, and student-chosen award. As a Teaching Assistant while fulfilling his doctoral requirements, he was awarded the 2007 Marvin F. Zetterbaum Award given to the department graduate student who most exemplifies a passion and talent for teaching.
Rolfe Peterson was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho and received his bachelor of arts from the University of Idaho, where he served as sports editor for the school paper, The Argonaut. While at University of Idaho, he was inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society and the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
Specialization: International Relations, Asian Politics, Foreign Policy
Dr. Ripley is a Professor of Political Science and Director of the Public Affairs Forum of the Center for Applied Politics. Dr. Ripley earned his B.A. in political science at Macalester College and his doctorate at The Ohio State University. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and held a visiting appointment at the University of Wisconsin before coming to Mercyhurst in 1996. Dr. Ripley received a Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Pittsburgh and was a Pew Fellow of International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously he served as the Dean of Faculty and Senior Academic Advisor for the Office for Academic Affairs and as the Associate Dean in the School of Social Sciences at Mercyhurst. While serving in the administration he was instrumental in helping create the interdisciplinary courses now required for all incoming freshmen and has been a member of multiple faculty teams teaching these courses.
Dr. Ripley’s primary teaching and research interests are in the fields of international relations, American politics, and comparative politics. He is a member of the Foreign Policy Analysis and Active Learning in International Affairs (ALIAS) sections of the International Studies Association (ISA), is a frequent presenter and panelist at the annual ISA conferences, and serves on the editorial board of International Studies Perspectives.
Dr. Ripley was born and raised on a family farm in Winnebago, Minnesota.
Dr. Surzhko-Harned has presented numerous conference papers dealing with issues of democratization of post-Soviet countries, nationalist movements and their role in democratization processes, and development of electoral structures and party politics in countries of the former USSR. In 2007, Dr. Surzhko-Harned took part in publication of a book dealing with issues of human trafficking in post-Soviet space entitled Interview with Hope, published in Kiev, Ukraine. While in Pittsburgh, she has also served as a research assistant for a consulting project for USAID.
Dates: Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2014
Location: Taylor Little Theatre
Dates: Apr 26
Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center
Dates: Apr 27
Location: Ridge Library Great Room, North East