Professor of Political Science,
His early research included articles and book chapters published in the field of foreign policy decision-making. More recently his work on pedagogy in political science has been published in International Studies Perspectives and the Journal of Political Science Education.
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.