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People in the Department of Political Science

Faculty: St. John's Campus

Faculty members are full-time employees who have considerable research expertise in their subject field that is developed through education, research, teaching and other experience. They supervise Honours and M.A. research essays, are members of professional organizations and university committees, participate in public events and are committed to the overall strength of the Department. Click on a name and/or teaching field(s) for further information.

  Name Teaching Fields Research Interests

Anderson, Miriam
Assistant Professor

SN 2046
(709) 864-8181

International politics

Peacebuilding, norms in international politics, women and war, social movements

Ashworth, Luke
Department Head & Professor

SN 2029
(709) 864-8180

International politics, Political theory History of international thought; international relations theory
Karlo Basta

Basta, Karlo
Assistant Professor

(709) 864-8182

Comparative politics Identity politics (nationalism, ethnopolitics), Institutional design and change, Federalism and multi-level governance, West and East European politics, Canadian politics, Democratization

Bittner, Amanda
Assistant Professor

SN 2040
(709) 864-8186

Comparative politics

Elections and voting, political psychology, women and politics

Blidook, Kelly
Assistant Professor

SN 2042
(709) 864-8184

Canadian politics, Research methods

Political and legislative behaviour, political representation, public opinion, public policy, political institutions

Close, David
Professor & Graduate Coordinator

SN 2044
(709) 864-8174

Comparative politics

Latin American and Iberian politics

Croci, Osvaldo

SN 2034
(709) 864-8185

International politics Canadian and Italian foreign and defence policies, European Union

Dunn, Christopher

SN 2045
(709) 864-8178

Canadian politics, Public policy & administration

Canadian federalism, intergovernmental relations, policy analysis, local government

Kerby, Matthew
Assistant Professor

SN 2032
(709) 864-3093

Comparative politics

Political behaviour and institutions, Canadian and Irish politics, political executives and scandals
Alex Marland

Marland, Alex
Assistant Professor & Undergraduate Advisor

SN 2037
(709) 864-8188

Canadian politics

Political marketing, election campaigning in Canada, image management
Scott Matthews

Matthews, Scott
Associate Professor 

Comparative politics

Elections, public opinion and voting behaviour,
Political psychology,
Political parties ,
Parties and elections in the U.S. and Canada

Panagos, Dimitrios
Assistant Professor

SN 2039
(709) 864-8175

Political theory Aboriginal politics, contemporary political theory, identity politics, resource management and governance

Tomblin, Stephen

SN 2035
(709) 864-8189

Canadian politics, Public policy & administration

Comparative public policy, governance and knowledge construction

Williams, Russell
Assistant Professor

SN 2031
(709) 864-4402

International politics, Public policy & administration

Globalization, public policy


Faculty: Grenfell Campus

Memorial University’s west coast campus is located in Corner Brook. Grenfell’s Political Science faculty members have a particular interest in public policy and many participate in the graduate program in environmental policy.

  Name Teaching Fields Research Interests

Carter, Angela
Assistant Professor

Grenfell Campus
(709) 637-6200, ext. 6361

Comparative politics,
Public policy & administration

Environmental and natural resource policy, oil dependence, social movements

Klinke, Andreas
Associate Professor

Grenfell Campus (709) 637-6200, ext. 6197

Public policy & administration, International politics International environmental politics, global governance, risk governance, discourse, deliberation
Mario Levesque

Levesque, Mario
Assistant Professor

Grenfell Campus
(709) 637-6200 ext. 6415

Public policy & administration

Public policy analysis, public administration
Ivan Savic

Savic, Ivan
Assistant Professor

Grenfell Campus
(709) 637-6200 ext. 6227

International politics, Comparative politics, Canadian politics

International political economy, financial crises, global governance, interplay of security and economic policy


Research Only

Some members of the department engage in research but not teaching, though may participate in some administrative duties (e.g., university committees). Such researchers may be past faculty members or invited visitors.

  Name Research Position Research Interests

Bornstein, Stephen
95 Bonaventure Ave.
(709) 777-6993

Director for the Centre of Applied Health Research

Comparative and Western European Politics, applied health research
Mintz, Eric
Grenfell Campus
(709) 639-9735
Honourary Research Professor Political parties and elections, Canadian politics, political theory/analysis, political behaviour

Wolinetz, Steven
SN 2043
(709) 864-7413

Honourary Research Professor Comparative and West European politics, political parties, social partnership, smaller democracies, Netherlands

Teaching Only: St. John's Campus

Contractual and per-course instructors have expertise in their subject field and may hold full-time employment elsewhere. They therefore tend to offer practical "real world" insights but generally teach less frequently and perform less research than faculty members. Those who have been designated with a special title (e.g., Visiting Professor, Adjunct Professor) have a more formalized and broader role in the Department.

  Name Teaching Fields Research Interests
Baker, Jamie
SN 2047
Comparative politics Nationalism, Identities/Ethnicity, Refugees, Immigration, Discourse Analysis, Multiculturalism, Power, Youth
Butler, Derek
SN 2047
Comparative politics Democratization, democracy aid
Carlson, Terry
SN 2047
Public policy & administration Corrections and criminal justice policy

Clark, Sean
Visiting Assistant Professor

International politics International security, political economy, great powers
DeBoer-Ashworth, Elizabeth Research International political economy, European integration, EU agricultural policy, Irish politics, Canada-US trade relations

Keller, Stephen
SN 2047

International politics Migration, South Asian politics

Loder, Jeff
SN 2047

Comparative politics,
International politics
Globalization, European Union, services liberalization
Mullins, Kimberley
SN 2047
Canadian politics,
Comparative politics
Women and politics, political communication (performance and semiotics), audiences

O'Brien, Francis
Adjunct Professor
SN 2047

Canadian politics, Public policy & administration Law and society, Canadian constitutional law, international law

Penney, Ron
Adjunct Professor

Canadian politics Municipal government; Newfoundland and Labrador

Pike, Sherrill
SN 2047

Comparative politics Russia; political leaders
Reid, Scott
SN 2047
Canadian politics Newfoundland and Labrador politics, parliamentary procedure, political parties

Sheldrick, Byron
SN 2043

Canadian politics, Comparative politics, Public policy & administration Canadian Political Economy, Social movement politics, Law and Politics

Simms, Herb
SN 2047

Canadian politics, Comparative politics, Political theory  

Speight, Jeremy
SN 2046

Comparative politicsResearch methods  

Administrators: St. John's Campus

Our Department's administrators provide daily assistance to course instructors, researchers and to students to keep the Department running smoothly. Have a question? Chances are they've got a helpful answer.

  Name Office Phone
Knapman, Helen SN 2028 (709) 864-8179
Lawrence, Juanita SN 2028 (709) 864-3566