Montana State University

Department of Political Science

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172240
Bozeman, MT 59717-2240

Tel: (406) 994-4141
Fax: (406) 994-6692
Location: 2-143 Wilson Hall

Department Head

Linda Young

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Department of Political Science Faculty & Staff


Jerry D. Johnson
D.A., Idaho State University, 1985

Curriculum: Administrative law, public lands and natural resource


PSCI 200 - Intro to Conducting Political Inquiry
PSCI 214IS - Principles of Political Science
PSCI 362 - Natural Resource Policy

Research Agenda: The changing political economy of the West

Phone: 406-994-5164

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Franke Wilmer
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990

Curriculum: International organization, international law,
human rights, ethnic conflict, peace studies


PSCI 230D - Introduction to International Relations
PSCI 331 - International Relations Theory
PSCI 418 - The Politics of War & Peace
PSCI 434 - International Law
PSCI 439 - International Human Rights

Research agenda: International norms and the use of force, theories of war and conflict/IR theory, conflict in the former Yugoslavia, identity and political conflict, indigenous peoples' politics and activism, reconciliation in post-conflict environments, and feminist theory

Phone: 406-994-5246

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Associate Professors

Eric K. Austin, MPA Coordinator
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2002

Curriculum: Public administration, organization theory, administrative theory, administrative ethics, public policy


PSCI 240 - Intro to Public Administration
PSCI 454 - Cinema & Political Theory
PSCI 465 - Public Administration & Policy
PSCI 520 - Management & Leadership in Administration
PSCI 552 - Public Administration & Policy
PSCI 555 - Human Resources PSCI 558 - Organization Dynamics
PSCI 559 - Program Evaluation & Policy Analysis
PSCI 560 - Public Sector Ethics

Research agenda: The role of public organizations in supporting democratic processes, collaborative processes of organizational and policy decision-making, theories of technology and digital governance, psychoanalytic theory and phenomenology in public administration

Phone: 406-994-5168

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Paul R. Lachapelle
Extension Community Development Specialist
Ph.D., University of Montana, 2006

Paul Lachapelle is the Montana State University Extension Community Development Specialist. His responsibilities involve providing research, technical assistance and training on various community development topics to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of communities across the state.

Phone: 406-994-3620

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David C.W. Parker
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

Curriculum: American politics, institutions, campaigns and elections, and political parties


PSCI 210IS - Intro to American Government
PSCI 306 - Legislative Process
PSCI 341 - Political Parties & Elections
PSCI 346 - American Presidency
PSCI 444 - Congressional Campaigns

Research agenda: Congressional campaigns, congressional procedures, incumbency, representation, consequences of divided government, congressional communications, presidential success, and American political development

Blog: Montana Politics
Phone: 406-994-5163

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Elizabeth Shanahan
D.A., Idaho State University, 2005

Curriculum: Public policy processes and analysis, research methods and applied statistics, foundations of public administration


PSCI 210 - Introduction to American Government (online)
PSCI 310 - Applied Political Analysis
PSCI 551 - Research Methods for Public Administrators
PSCI 552 - Public Policy Processes
PSCI 554 - Foundations of Public Administration

Research agenda: Public policy decision making,
environmental politics of the Greater Yellowstone Area

Phone: 406-994-5167

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Linda Young, Department Head
Ph.D., University of California - Davis, 1987

Curriculum: International political economy, globalization and
politics, the politics of food and hunger.


PSCI 406 - Political Economy of Energy
PSCI 436 - Politics of Food & Hunger
PSCI 437 - International Political Economy

Research agenda: Impacts of agricultural trade and trade
policies on the welfare of various groups

Phone: 406-994-5604

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Assistant Professors

Sara Rushing
Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley, 2006

Curriculum: Political theory, legal studies, mass media and contemporary culture


PSCI 302 - Media and Politics
PSCI 323 - Modern Political Thought
PSCI 354 - Contemporary Issues in Political Theory
PSCI 356 - Classical Political Thought
PSCI 455 - Politics and Virtue
PSCI 471 - American Constitutional Law

Research agenda: Contemporary political theory, comparative political theory, feminist theory, virtue ethics, humility

Phone: 406-994-5165

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Assistant Research Professor

Eric Raile
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008

Research agenda: Political will and public will, public ethics and corruption, perceptions of security


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Professor Emeritus

Jerry W. Calvert
Ph.D., Washington State University, 1972

Curriculum: American government, legislative process,
judicial process, parties and electoral processes

Research agenda: Political behavior and electoral laws, third party movements, initiative and referendum issues


Raymond B. Pratt
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1968.

Curriculum: Political theory, comparative politics, political culture, government ethics



Betsy Anderson, Administrative Associate III

Provides administrative and secretarial functions for the

Phone: 406-994-4141