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Michael Brogan
Associate Professor
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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.

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
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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.

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Professor of Political Science
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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.

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Assistant Professor of Political Science
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Adam McMahon is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Homeland Security Master’s program. His research interests include American political institutions and American political development, U.S. foreign policy, and LGBTQ politics. He received his Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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Jonathan Mendilow is a recipient 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.

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Assistant Professor I
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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.

Elizabeth Radziszewski
Assistant Professor of Political Science
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Elizabeth Radziszewski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science.  Her research focuses on international conflicts, insurgencies, external interventions into conflicts, conflict termination, private military companies, social networks, and creativity in foreign policy and in the classroom.  Her regional specialization includes Sub-Saharan Africa and Poland. She is the author of Social Networks and Public Support for the European Union (Routledge 2013) and is currently completing her second book on private military companies’ impact on the termination of insurgencies.

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Director, Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics
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Micah Rasmussen is the director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics. He has contributed to the public affairs of the state for more than two decades, and has more than 15 years of experience as an adjunct professor of political science.

As Governor James E. McGreevey’s press secretary, he handled crisis communications during the Governor’s historic resignation. He has served as communications director for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, worked in the New Jersey General Assembly, and managed several political campaigns.

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  • 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.


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Emeritus Professor
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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.