Faculty profile

Allison Rank

Associate Professor
Department Chair


435A Mahar Hall

Office hours

Fall 2022

Tue 3:00 - 4:00

Wed 12:00 - 1:00

and by appointment

Dr. Rank teaches courses in American politics with a focus on American political history, political communication, race, and gender. In addition to traditional political science courses, she serves as the campaign manager for the campus-wide voter mobilization program Vote Oswego. In this capacity she oversees an internship program and runs a politics practicum course focused on grassroots organizing. Her research agenda focuses on the role of youth in American politics, civic engagement, and political science pedagogy. Her work has appeared in New Political Science, PS:Political Science & Politics, Journal of Political Science Education, and Citizenship Studies.


  • Rank, A. and Mushtare, R. 2019. "Personas as a tool for teaching civic communication." Journal of General Education, 68(3-4) p. 252-262.
  • Rank, A., Breese, C., and Giffin, E. August 2019. "Votes & Ballots: Curricular edition." Democracy Works. Available for download at democracy.works/votesandballots
  • Rank, A., Mushtare, R., Tylock, A., and Huynh, C. 2019. "Transforming campus voting drives into interdisciplinary service-learning projects." Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 23(2) p. 131-146.
  • Rank, A. 2019. "Scarlett O'Hara, Solomon Northrup, and Ta-Nehisi Coates: helping students grasp the relationship between popular culture and contemporary racial politics." Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, 6(1) p. 1-13.
  • Rank, A. and Pool, H. 2019. "Exposing the War on Women: The Limits of Law and Power of Care to Address Sexual Violence in Contemporary Crime Drama." New Political Science, DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2018.1558036
  • Rank, A. D. and Tylock, A. 2018. "Vote Oswego: The campaign-as-course model." Journal of Political Science Education, 14(3) p. 376-389. (Co-authored with a SUNY Oswego undergraduate student)
  • Carr, C., Schildkraut, J. and Rank, A. 2017. "Barriers to the ballot: implications for the development of state and national crime policies." Criminal Justice Studies, 30(3) p. 276-288. (Co-authored with a SUNY Oswego undergraduate student)
  • Rank, A.D. and Pool, H. 2014. "Writing better writing assignments" PS: Political Science & Politics, 47(3) p. 675-681.
  • Garcia-Castanon, M., Rank, A.D., and Barreto, M. 2010. "Plugged in, tuned out: internet use, political behavior, and racial minorities" Journal of Political Marketing, 10(1-2) p. 115-138.
  • Bennett, W. L., Wells, C., and Rank, A.D. 2009. "Young citizens and civic learning: two paradigms of citizenship in the digital age" Citizenship Studies, 13(2) p. 105-120.

Awards and honors

  • January 2020 - SUNY Oswego Technology Initiative Project (TIP) Grant, $11,500
  • November 2019 - ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Champion - Stand Out Faculty. Award given by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (a national civic engagement project of Civic Nation involving over 500 higher ed institutions and 900 campuses as of September 2019) to recognize a faculty member for exemplary leadership during the previous election cycle. One of two faculty given this award for the 2018 election cycle.
  • June 2019 - John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, $500. Award given by the American Democracy Project, a collaborative effort of the New York Times and American Association of State Colleges and Universities to recognize an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from any AASCU Institution or ADP partner campus.
  • November 2017 - SUNY Oswego Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activities Grant, $3000
  • May 2017 - SUNY Oswego Faculty Assembly Commendation for work on Vote Oswego
  • May 2016 - SUNY Oswego Curriculum Innovation Grant, $2400
  • August 2015 - SUNY Oswego Academic Affairs Retreat Award for Best Teaching/Learning Enhancement, $1000


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Washington, 2014
    • Dissertation: Bums, Revolutionaries, or Citizens? A Political History of Youth in Twentieth Century America
    • Fields: American Political Development, Political Theory, and Political Communication
  • MA, Political Science, University of Washington, 2010
  • BA, Political Science and Women's Studies, Miami University, 2004

Classes taught

  • POL 198 - First Year Signature Course
  • POL 205 - American Government and Politics
  • POL 306 - African American Political Thought
  • POL 316 - American Political Thought
  • POL 328 - Politics and Literature
  • POL 330 - Internet Politics
  • POL 336 - Pop Culture and Politics
  • POL 346 - American Political Development
  • POL 386 - Vote Oswego
  • POL 405 - Mass Media and Public Opinion
  • POL 415 - Women and Politics
  • HON 200 - Introduction to Social Science
  • WST 200 - Introduction to Women's Studies