Staff profile

Allison Rank

Assistant Professor


435A Mahar Hall

Office hours

Mon 1:30 - 2:30
Thu 1:00 - 3:00
and by appointment

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, "Bums, 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.

Classes taught

  • POL 205 - American Government and Politics
  • POL 306 - African American Political Thought
  • POL 316 - American Political Thought
  • 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