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Brian Ripley, Ph.D.


Contact Information

OFFICE: Preston 117
PHONE: 814-824-3054


  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Ohio State University
  • B.A.: Political Science, Macalester College 

Dr. Ripley is a Professor of Political Science and teaches a broad range of courses in international relations and comparative politics. His interests include global governance, contemporary global issues, European and Asian politics, and international relations theory. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh and held a visiting appointment at the University of Wisconsin prior to his arrival at 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. He was the 2013 recipient of the Mercyhurst Teaching Excellence award. 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. Dr. Ripley was born and raised on a family farm in Winnebago, Minnesota. 

About Brian Ripley
    • Global Politics
    • American Foreign Policy
    • European Politics
    • Asian Politics
    • International Relations Theory 
    • Global Issues
    • Comparative Politics: Asia
    • Comparative Politics: Europe
    • American Foreign Policy
    • Senior Seminar 
    • Foreign Policy
    • Decision Making
    • Advisory Process 
    • PEW Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School
    • Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh
    • Mercyhurst Teaching Excellence Award