Political Science

Faculty Research in Political Science

Here is a snapshot of the scholarship undertaken by our faculty.

As a political science student, you have access to many resources, perhaps none more important than our leading faculty. Experts in their fields, our faculty members are actively engaged in scholarship. Here are their stories.

Regina S. Axelrod, Ph.D., Professor 

Dr. Axelrod’s main area of scholarly expertise is in public policy. She has published numerous articles and books on environmental and energy policies in the United States, the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe. Her most recent publication, a substantial revision of her award-winning book, The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy (4th edition) was published by CQ Press. Dr. Axelrod is an internationally known scholar who has lectured at Charles University (Prague), the University of Economics (Prague), and the University of Budapest. Dr. Axelrod was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist award and grants from the National Science Foundation. She has also received grants from the Ford Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, the National Research Council, the Soros Foundation, and others. She has been an invited participant to Wilton Park conferences focused on European Union issues in Prague, Malta, Istanbul and Madrid. Additionally, she has spoken about nuclear power and the transition to democracy at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is an academic associate of the Atlantic Council.

Margaret Gray, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Gray is a scholar whose first field is in American government and politics. Her research focuses on low-wage, non-citizen workers in the agro-food industry and their political, social, and economic opportunities. She has published numerous academic and policy pieces. Her book, Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic, was published by the University of California Press.  Her most recent journal article, Farming Alone? What’s Up with the ‘C’ in Community Supported Agriculture,” was published in Agriculture & Human Values.  Gray also has a decade’s experience working for nonprofits on economic justice.

Katie Verlin Laatikainen, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Laatikainen’s main area of scholarly expertise is international relations.  Her research focuses on international organizations generally, and in particular the intersection of the European Union and the United Nations.  She has published several books and numerous articles. Her most recent book is the Routledge Handbook on the European Union and International Institutions: Performance, Policy, Power.  Her most recent article, “Multilateral Leadership at the UN after the Lisbon Treaty,” was published in the journal European Foreign Affairs Review. Dr. Laatikainen received a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant and spent a semester lecturing at the University of Macau, Macau (S.A.R.) China. She has lectured at the London School of Economics, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong Baptist University, the Institute of European Studies in Macau, and has presented at the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Traci Levy, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Dr. Levy’s main area of expertise is political theory. Her research focuses on the institution of the family and the arrangement of care in contemporary political theory, discourse, and policy. She has published a number of academic journal articles.She also recently contributed chapter three, “Families as Relationships of Intimacy and Care,” to the book Justice, Politics, and the Family (edited by Engster and Metz), published by Paradigm. Her most recent academic article, “Education, Needs, and a Feminist Ethic of Care: Lessons from Discomfort with Academic Giftedness,” was published in the journal Social Politics.


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