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    Aparna Thomas

    Associate Professor of Politics and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

    Teaches courses in international relations, comparative government, and gender, sexuality and women’s studies. She teaches advanced courses related to women in politics, strategies to alleviate poverty, and comparative health care systems. She currently serves as Cornell's faculty advisor to the India studies program sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. She also leads a women in politics course in India every other year. Ph.D. and M.A., Western Michigan University; B.A., Hope College.

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    Craig Allin

    Professor of Politics

    Teaches courses in American politics, Constitutional law, and public policy. His policy courses include Urban Politics, Environmental Politics, and Wilderness Politics; the latter taught at the Wilderness Field Station in northern Minnesota as part of the Cornell Wilderness Term. Professor Allin is the editor or coeditor of seven reference volumes and author of "The Politics of Wilderness Preservation." He serves as an advisor to pre-law, environmental studies, ethnic studies, and Pi Sigma Alpha. Ph.D. and M.A., Princeton University; B.A., Grinnell College.

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    Hans Hassell

    Assistant Professor of Politics

    Teaches courses in American Politics. His primary interests are campaigns and elections, political parties, and Congress. His research looks at the role of political parties in congressional primary elections, and explores how the actions of candidates, parties, and interest groups affect the decisions of citizens to become involved in the political process. Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; B.A., Pomona College.

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    Rob Sutherland

    Professor of Politics

    Teaches courses in political thought, including Foundations of the First Amendment, Ethics and Public Policy, and Revolutionary Political Thought. He co-teaches Contemporary Cases Before the Supreme Court alongside Adjunct Professor and Federal Circuit Court Judge David Hanson. Professor Sutherland also serves as the faculty director of the Cornell Fellows Program and advises the College Republicans. Ph.D. and M.A., Duke University; B.A., University of Texas, Austin.

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    David Yamanishi

    Associate Professor of Politics

    Teaches courses in international relations and comparative politics. Within international relations, he focuses on state power vis-à-vis other states, the international system of states, and the international political economy. His comparative politics courses deal with the themes of democratization, development, and human rights both globally and with special emphasis on Latin America and Europe. Ph.D., C.Phil, and M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., Michigan State University.

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Additional Instructors

  • John  Siebenmann


Emeriti Faculty

  • David Loebsack

    Professor Emeritus of Politics

    B.S., M.A., Iowa State University; Ph.D., University of California at Davis.