Faculty and Staff
Michael J. Brogan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He has extensive experience working in public administration and budgeting in the U.S. and abroad. His research interests focus on comparative voting behavior, campaign finance, and public budgeting. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals Politics & Policy, International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Public Administration Quarterly, Geopolitics, History, and International Relations, and the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.
Ben Dworkin (BA Politics - Princeton 1990, MA Political Science – Rutgers/Eagleton Institute of Politics 1992, Currently Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Rutgers) is the Director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science. A veteran of New Jersey politics, he has extensive experience in campaigns and elections, government and legislation, lobbying and issue advocacy, as well as teaching and media relations.
Roberta Fiske-Rusciano (Ph.D in Anthropology, Rutgers University, 1999, M.A. University of Chicago, 1980) 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.
Barbara Franz (Ph.D. Syracuse University) is Professor of Political Science. Her research interests juxtapose the phenomenon of mass migrations and refugee movements and what they mean for the stability of nations, the increasing potential of culture clashes within societies, and the root causes of migration movements, violence, terror, and genocide, as recently seen in Rwanda, Bosnia and Syria.
- Ph.D., M.A., Political Science, Brown University, June 1972
Dissertation: “Charles Evans Hughes and the Supreme Court: A Case Study in Judicial Philosophy and Voting Behavior”
Areas of Specialization: American Constitutional Law, American Judicial System And Process, American Politics
- Graduate study in Political Science, The City College of New York, September 1964 - June 1965
Jonathan Mendilow is a recepient of the British Academy Award and a Fulbright Scholar. He has published extensively in political theory and comparative politics. His latest book, on Ideology, party Change and Electoral Campaigns, has been 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.
Libby Newman is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her research interests include liberal theory and individual rights, law and society, social psychology and epistemology, education and the rights of children, and naturalized ethics. She recently published her first book: Liberalism in Practice: the psychology and pedagogy of public reason (The MIT Press, 2015). She teaches courses in political theory, American politics, and the ethics of homeland security. She received her Ph.D. from The New School for Social Research in New York.
- 1983: University of Chicago: Ph.D., M.A. (1978) in Political Science.
Major fields: American and Comparative politics, Methodology and Political Communication.
- 1976: Cornell University: B.A. magna cum laude.
Major fields: Government and English literature.
Dr. Seldes taught Political Theory, Freedom and Authority, European politics, Politics of the Global Economy, and American Political Thought. He also taught a course on New York in the American Studies Department, and Musical Expression and Political Culture, Politics and Literary Form, and Cultural Politics for the Baccalaureate Honors Program, which he directed for fifteen years. He has published an monograph on the history of US political-economic policy in Handbook on Public Administration, and essay on the political forces that led to the financial crash of 2008.