Department chair: Aparna Thomas | Contact info


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    Aparna Thomas

    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., political science, Western Michigan University.

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    David Yamanishi

    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 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., political science, University of California, Los Angeles.

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    Chris Kromphardt

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics

    Teaches courses in American politics, campaigns and elections, politics and media, and constitutional law. His recent research work focuses on how the demographics and ideological commitments of Supreme Court law clerks affect their justices’ votes on cases before the court. Ph.D., political science, University of Alabama.

Emeriti Faculty

  • David Loebsack

    Professor Emeritus of Politics

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