Faculty Members

Dr. Eric Blanchard
Assistant Professor
438 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3453

Dr. Blanchard received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He teaches classes in global politics and has research interests in international security, U.S. foreign policy, Chinese politics and East Asian security, International Relations theory, critical qualitative methodologies, and gender and world politics. His work has appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Signs, Review of International Studies, Journal of International Relations and Development, and the Brown Journal of World Affairs.

Dr. Cristina Dragomir
Assistant Professor
436 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3279

Dr. Dragomir received her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. She teaches classes in American politics for the department and employs qualitative methodology—discourse analysis, interpretive methods and ethnography—in her study of politics. Her doctoral dissertation, "Making the Immigrant Soldiers: An Interpretative Approach to the Political," explores the tension between new and old affiliations for immigrants who join the American armed forces. Contrary to traditional scholarship—which claims that naturalization and other forms of identity development take place when immigrants either integrate, assimilate, or resist—Dr. Dragomir's work demonstrates how integration, assimilation, and resistance actually occur simultaneously, allowing individuals to coexist in multiple and diverse places.

Dr. Lisa Glidden
Associate Professor
439 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3277

Dr. Glidden received her PhD from the University of Washington at Seattle. She teaches courses in comparative politics, with a focus on the global South, and environmental politics. Her research interests include social movements, indigenous politics in Latin America, Cuba, and environmental politics. Professor Glidden is the Program Director for SUNY Oswego's Global and International Studies program, coordinates the Sustainability Studies Minor, is actively involved in the Gender and Women's Studies program, and serves Study Abroad Liaison for the Political Science Department. Her first book, Mobilizing Ethnic Identities in the Andes: A Study of Ecuador and Peru, was published in 2011. Understanding Energy and Energy Policy, co-authored with Timothy F. Braun, was published in 2014. Her current research is on civil society and state-society relations in Cuba. Her co-authored article with Dr. Lana Wylie of McMaster University, "The Cuban Spring Fallacy: the Current Incarnation of a Persistent Narrative," in the Winter 2013 International Journal of Cuban Studies, is the basis for her next book project.

Dr. Helen Knowles
Assistant Professor
448 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3445

Dr. Knowles received her Ph.D. from Boston University. She teaches classes in American law and politics. Her research focuses on legal theory and history. She is the author of The Tie Goes to Freedom: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on Liberty, and co-editor (with Steven B. Lichtman) of Judging Free Speech: First Amendment Jurisprudence of Supreme Court Justices. She has also authored numerous articles, including one that won the Hughes-Gossett award from the Supreme Court Historical Society. She is currently working on a book about the nineteenth century American abolitionists who argued—before the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—that slavery was unconstitutional.

Mr. Brandon Metroka
Adjunct Instructor
212 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3414

Mr. Metroka received his M.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Maxwell School. He teaches POL 205 (American Government and Politics) for the department.

Dr. Allison Rank
Assistant Professor
437 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3486

Dr. Rank received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. She teaches classes in American politics for the department with a focus on American political development and political communication. Her dissertation, "Burns, Revolutionaries, or Citizens? A Political History of Youth in Twentieth Century America," explores how political elites continually sought to channel young people away from radical or revolutionary aims and into mainstream politics. Elites viewed the category of youth—theoretically a demographic based solely on age—through the racial politics of the moment giving the ideal young person a distinctly white hue. Her work has appeared in Citizenship Studies and PS: Political Science & Politics.

Dr. Stephen J. Rosow
435B Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3448

Dr. Rosow received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of The Nation-State and Global Order (co-authored with Walter C. Opello, Jr.), now in its second edition; Globalization and Democracy (co-authored with Jim George); and various articles on political theory and international political economy. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the digital journal, Democratic Theory. Professor Rosow teaches classes in political theory and has particular interests in critical theory, the history of political thought, and the political theory of globalization.

Dr. Michael Ruddy
Adjunct Instructor
212 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3414

Dr. Ruddy received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught a variety of Political Science and History courses, at both the high school and college level, and currently teaches American politics classes for the department. Professor Ruddy has been involved in numerous state and local political campaigns, and has also worked in the executive office of the mayor of Washington, D.C., the national office of Job Corps, and as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mr. Eric Snyder
Adjunct Instructor
212 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3414

Mr. Snyder received his MPA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has taught political science and public administration courses at SUNY Oswego and Onondaga Community College, and currently teaches POL 205 (American Government and Politics) for the department.

Dr. Craig Warkentin
Associate Professor
435A Mahar Hall
(315) 312-4080

Dr. Warkentin received his PhD from the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in global politics and currently serves as Chair of the department. His primary research interests are in the area of international organization, broadly construed. His publications include Reshaping World Politics: NGOs, the Internet, and Global Civil Society and articles on women's movements, gender and development, the United Nations, and multilateral diplomacy.