Faculty Members

Dr. Cristina Dragomir
452 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3409

Dr. Dragomir received her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. She teaches classes in American politics for the department. She is also an investigator and supporter of using qualitative methodology—discourse analysis, interpretive methods and ethnography—in the 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 those immigrants who decide to join the American armed forces. Contrary to traditional scholarship, which claims that naturalization (and implicitly other forms of identity development) takes place when immigrants either integrate, assimilate, or resist, this work demonstrates how all three above-mentioned processes actually occur simultaneously, allowing individuals to coexist in multiple and diverse places.

Dr. Lisa Glidden
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 on environmental politics. Her research interests include social movements, indigenous politics in Latin America, Cuba, and environmental politics. Professor Glidden is actively involved in SUNY Oswego's Global and International Studies program, the Gender and Women's Studies program, coordinates the Sustainability Studies Minor, and currently serves as Study Abroad Liaison for the Political Science Department. Her book, Mobilizing Ethnic Identities in the Andes: A Study of Ecuador and Peru, was published in 2011. Energy Policy: a global perspective (co-authored with Dr. Tim Braun) will be available in Novemeber 2014. Her current research is on civil society and state-society relations in Cuba.  Her recent article (co-authored 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. Jennie Han
438 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3453

Dr. Han received her PhD from the University of Chicago and her JD from Yale Law School. She teaches courses in political theory and law. Her research interests include conceptions of moral responsibility and individual agency, the philosophical and political thought of Hannah Arendt, state sovereignty and indigenous rights, and legal responses to genocide and crimes against humanity. Before coming to Oswego, Dr. Han was a postdoctoral fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College.

Dr. Miriam Jiménez
436 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3279

Dr. Jiménez received her PhD from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, and her Master's degrees from Columbia University. Her research focuses on political incorporation and ethnic ascent in the context of American electoral frameworks and institutions such as the U.S. Congress. She is an eager proponent of cross-field and interdisciplinary perspectives and her research interests include transnationalism and immigration. She teaches American politics and public policy courses for the department. Before coming to Oswego, Dr. Jiménez served as lecturer and writing fellow at the City University of New York and at Fordham University.

Dr. Walter C. Opello, Jr.
437 Mahar Hall
(315) 312-3486

Dr. Opello received his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He teaches classes in comparative politics, with a focus on Europe and Africa, and serves as Program Director for Global and International Studies at SUNY Oswego. His research interests include political violence and the development of the state system. Among his publications are The Nation-State and Global Order (co-authored with Stephen J. Rosow), now in its second edition; Portugal: From Monarchy to Pluralist Democracy; and Portugal's Political Development. Professor Opello's latest book, European Politics: The Making of Democratic States, is co-authored with Katherine A. R. Opello.

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, and various articles on political theory and international political economy. 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. He also serves as Political Science Department Chair and sometimes teaches courses for the Honors program.

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

Mr. Snyder received his MPA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has taught both political science and public administration courses at SUNY Oswego, and currently teaches POL 203 (Critical Thinking in Politics) and POL 205 (American Government and Politics) for the department. Professor Snyder also teaches political science courses at Onondaga Community College.

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

Dr. Warkentin received his PhD from the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in international politics, global issues, and women's studies. He also serves as Chair of the Political Science department and Coordinator for the Peace and Conflict Studies minor. Professor Warkentin's research interests are in the areas of international organization and global gender issues, and his publications include articles and book chapters on NGOs, global civil society, women's movements, gender and development, the United Nations, and multilateral diplomacy. His book, Reshaping World Politics: NGOs, the Internet, and Global Civil Society, was awarded the 2002 Chadwick F. Alger Prize by the International Studies Association.