Faculty profile

Allison Rank

Assistant Professor


435A Mahar Hall

Office hours

Tuesday, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Wednesday, 2-3 pm
or 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. Forthcoming. "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. (projected February 2019)
  • 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

  • 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


  • PhD, 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