Faculty

Work with our renowned faculty — including Fulbright scholars, a British Academy Award winner, published authors of books and articles — whose expertise extends worldwide. Their research interests cover an amazing breadth of topics, including communication in times of crisis and ethnic violence, conflict resolution, policy challenges in multi-ethnic cities, refugee women, mass migration and refugee movements, international and homeland security, cultural expression, political campaigns and politics.

Faculty Bios

Frank Rusciano (Ph.D.  University of Chicago)
Director of Global Studies, Professor of Political Science 
Fine Arts 277
(609) 896-5264
rusciano@rider.edu

Dr. Rusciano’s interests include American and comparative politics, and political communication with an emphasis on communications in times of crisis and ethnic violence.  Currently director of Rider’s Global Studies Program, Dr. Rusciano has authored numerous books, articles and book chapters. In 2012, he spent four months conducting research on conflict resolution and world opinion in Northern Ireland as recipient of the prestigious Fulbright — University of Ulster Policy Study Award. The author of Global Rage After the Cold War (Palgrave, 2006), Dr. Rusicano is currently completing a book on world opinion and the Northern Ireland peace process. 

Roberta Fiske-Rusciano (Ph.D ,Rutgers University)
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science 
Fine Arts 273
(609) 895-5761
ruscianor@rider.edu 

Dr. Riske-Rusciano is an adjunct assistant professor of political science, global studies, multicultural studies, and gender studies at Rider University. She has published three books entitled Experiencing Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (Editions 4, 5, and 6), as well as several chapters in other volumes. Her articles have appeared in such journals as the Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and the American Anthropologist. Her research interests include the theoretical and practical problems of carrying on "Difficult Dialogues" by videoconferencing with universities in the Middle East; cultural anthropological field techniques; medical anthropology; visual anthropology; policy challenges in multi-ethnic cities; and refugee women and global identities.

Barbara Franz (Ph.D.  Syracuse University)
Professor of Political Science
Fine Arts 272 
(609) 896-5262
bfranz@rider.edu 

Dr. Franz’s research interests juxtapose the phenomenon of mass migrations and refugee movements and what they mean for the security and stability of nations, the increasing potential of culture clashes within societies, and the root causes of violence, terror and genocide. Dr. Franz has published extensively on security issues in such journals as New Political Science, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, European Journal of Women Studies, Feminist Review, AWR Bulletin, and International Studies Perspectives. 

Barry Seldes (Ph.D. Rutgers University) 
Professor of Political Science 
Fine Arts 270
(609) 896-5268
seldes@rider.edu 

Dr. Seides’ interests focus on the effects of political power and social forces on cultural expression. He has published widely on topics of politics and culture. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Leonard Bernstein: The Political Life of an American Musician (University of California Press, 2009). His current research includes security and loyalty, and the political thought of the late critic Susan Sontag. 

Jonathan Mendilow (Ph.D. Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Chair, Political Science Department, Professor of Political Science
Fine Arts 285
(609) 896-5267
jmendilow@rider.edu 

Dr. Mendilow, who holds undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is the former manager of public relations for the City of Jerusalem. A recipient of the British Academy Award and a Fulbright Scholar, he has published extensively in political theory and comparative politics. His latest book, Ideology, Party Change and Electoral Campaigns, was published by New York University Press. His research interests include Middle Eastern politics, political campaigns, and the problems of democracy in the age of the Internet.