Meet Our Faculty

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    Michael A. Allen, Ph.D.

    Political Science Associate Professor (On Sabbatical)

    Research interests: Dynamics of power and how these dynamics foster behavior between states both in conflict and cooperation.

    Research interests: Dynamics of power and how these dynamics foster behavior between states both in conflict and cooperation.

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    Kathleen Araújo, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration Associate Professor Director, Energy Policy Institute

    Research interests: Strategic planning, policy, and management in energy transitions; innovation systems and technology change; socio-technical and hybrid systems; better practices and critical infrastructure.

    Research interests: Strategic planning, policy, and management in energy transitions; innovation systems and technology change; socio-technical and hybrid systems; better practices and critical infrastructure.

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    Amanda Johnson Ashley, Ph.D.

    Urban Studies and Community Development Associate Professor and Program Coordinator School of Public Service Faculty Director

    Research interests: Urban revitalization through property-based economic development, public/private partnerships, and civic collaboration; defense investments in cities with a focus on the redevelopment of former military bases.

    Research interests: Urban revitalization through property-based economic development, public/private partnerships, and civic collaboration; defense investments in cities with a focus on the redevelopment of former military bases.

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    Nisha Bellinger, Ph.D.

    Political Science Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Economics, causes and consequences of human well-being outcomes.

    Research interests: Economics, causes and consequences of human well-being outcomes.

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    Chris Birdsall, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Public management, performance management, and higher education.

    Research interests: Public management, performance management, and higher education.

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    Lisa Growette Bostaph, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

    Research interests: Race and policing, domestic violence and criminal justice system response, and the public perception of the criminal justice system.

    Research interests: Race and policing, domestic violence and criminal justice system response, and the public perception of the criminal justice system.

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    Ross Burkhart, Ph.D.

    Political Science Professor, Program Director

    Research interests: Explanatory factors of cross-national democratization patterns, Canada-U.S. Borderlands and environmental policy, and political culture.

    Research interests: Explanatory factors of cross-national democratization patterns, Canada-U.S. Borderlands and environmental policy, and political culture.

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    Isaac Castellano, Ph.D.

    Political Science Clinical Assistant Professor

    Research interests: State security policy, including defense spending, the role of militias, civil war intervention, and climate change.

    Research interests: State security policy, including defense spending, the role of militias, civil war intervention, and climate change.

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    Corey Cook, Ph.D.

    Dean of the School of Public Service

    Dr. Cook came to Boise State from the University of San Francisco, where he served for six years as the director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, which oversees graduate programs in public affairs and urban affairs and works collaboratively with government and nonprofit stakeholders to solve problems facing the university’s region.

    Dr. Cook came to Boise State from the University of San Francisco, where he served for six years as the director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, which oversees graduate programs in public affairs and urban affairs and works collaboratively with government and nonprofit stakeholders to solve problems facing the university’s region.

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    Dan Dexheimer, M.A.

    Criminal Justice Lecturer

    Research interests: Corrections, Violent Crime, Criminal Justice Policy.

    Research interests: Corrections, Violent Crime, Criminal Justice Policy.

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    Steven Feldstein, J.D.

    Global Studies, Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs

    Interests: American Foreign Policy, Democracy, Human Rights, U.S. National Security.

    Interests: American Foreign Policy, Democracy, Human Rights, U.S. National Security.

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    Luke Fowler, Ph.D.

    Director, MPA and Nonprofit Administration programs Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Policy implementation, energy and environmental policy, state and local government, public management, public budgeting and finance, and organizational theory.

    Research interests: Policy implementation, energy and environmental policy, state and local government, public management, public budgeting and finance, and organizational theory.

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    Elizabeth Fredericksen, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration Professor

    Research interests: Intergovernmental relations and networked governance, public and nonprofit management, organizational behavior/ethics, personnel policy

    Research interests: Intergovernmental relations and networked governance, public and nonprofit management, organizational behavior/ethics, personnel policy

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    John Freemuth, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration, (On Sabbatical) Professor, Executive Director, Cecil D. Andrus Center for Public Policy

    Research interests: Relationship between science and public policy on issues surrounding public lands.

    Research interests: Relationship between science and public policy on issues surrounding public lands.

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    Vanessa Fry, MBA

    Idaho Policy Institute Assistant Research Professor, Research Director of IPI

    Vanessa’s passion for education and evidenced-based policy making led her to non-profit leadership roles and educational pursuits across the country.  For the past fifteen years she has worked to balance economic vitality, environmental health and social equity through community engagement, smart planning, economic development and teaching.

    Vanessa’s passion for education and evidenced-based policy making led her to non-profit leadership roles and educational pursuits across the country.  For the past fifteen years she has worked to balance economic vitality, environmental health and social equity through community engagement, smart planning, economic development and teaching.

  • Shaun Gaan, Criminal Justice, studio portrait, Allison Corona photo

    Shaun Gann, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Correctional policy and practice, Juvenile Justice Policy and Processing, Developmental Criminology, Criminal Careers, The Effect of Court Decisions on Criminal Justice Policy.

    Research interests: Correctional policy and practice, Juvenile Justice Policy and Processing, Developmental Criminology, Criminal Careers, The Effect of Court Decisions on Criminal Justice Policy.

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    Stewart Gardner, Ph.D

    Political Science Clinical Assistant Professor

    Research interests: American National Government, Contemporary Political Ideologies, Constitutional Law, American Political Thought

    Research interests: American National Government, Contemporary Political Ideologies, Constitutional Law, American Political Thought

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    Andrew L. Giacomazzi, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Professor, Associate Dean of School of Public Service

    Research interests: Program evaluation, community policing and problem-solving, organizational change, crime control, crime in public housing, community crime prevention, and domestic violence.

    Research interests: Program evaluation, community policing and problem-solving, organizational change, crime control, crime in public housing, community crime prevention, and domestic violence.

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    Jill Gill, Ph.D.

    School of Public Service, Professor of History, Director, Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Initiative

    Research interests: 20th century American social, cultural, political, and religious history with a research focus on the post-World War Two period. In addition to the U.S. survey courses, Dr. Gill teaches classes on the 1960s, the Vietnam War, the History of Multicultural America, American Religious History, Sexualities and American Society, Global Human Rights, and Civil Rights Movements in America.

    Research interests: 20th century American social, cultural, political, and religious history with a research focus on the post-World War Two period. In addition to the U.S. survey courses, Dr. Gill teaches classes on the 1960s, the Vietnam War, the History of Multicultural America, American Religious History, Sexualities and American Society, Global Human Rights, and Civil Rights Movements in America.

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    Lane Gillespie, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Victimization, gender, intimate partner violence, rural crime and justice, capital punishment sentencing.

    Research interests: Victimization, gender, intimate partner violence, rural crime and justice, capital punishment sentencing.

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    Bayard Gregory, Ph.D

    Public Policy & Administration Lecturer

    Research interests: Conflict management, negotiation, mediation, group facilitation and social/emotional intelligence. Dr. Bayard Gregory teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and group facilitation as Associate Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Boise State. Bayard consults actively—presenting workshops, facilitating groups and mediating disputes.

    Research interests: Conflict management, negotiation, mediation, group facilitation and social/emotional intelligence. Dr. Bayard Gregory teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conflict management, negotiation, mediation, and group facilitation as Associate Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at Boise State. Bayard consults actively—presenting workshops, facilitating groups and mediating disputes.

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    Beau Hansen, Ph.D.

    Environmental Studies Clinical Professor, Internship Coordinator

    Research interests: Impacts of environmental pollution on ecosystem and human health, energy economics and technology, agricultural sustainability. Beau Hansen is a Clinical Professor in the School of Public Service at Boise State University, where he is also the Director of the Environmental Studies Program.

    Research interests: Impacts of environmental pollution on ecosystem and human health, energy economics and technology, agricultural sustainability. Beau Hansen is a Clinical Professor in the School of Public Service at Boise State University, where he is also the Director of the Environmental Studies Program.

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    Lori Hausegger, Ph.D.

    Political Science Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator Director, Canadian Studies Program Director of NEW Leadership Idaho, School of Public Service Faculty Director

    Research interests: Comparative courts, judicial selection, judicial decision-making and court-Congress relations.

    Research interests: Comparative courts, judicial selection, judicial decision-making and court-Congress relations.

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    Gregory Hill, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration Associate Professor, Director, Idaho Policy Institute

    Research interests: Public management, administration, and policy theory and immigration policy.

    Research interests: Public management, administration, and policy theory and immigration policy.

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    Monica Hubbard, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Environmental, natural resources, energy, and emerging technological and environmental issues.

    Research interests: Environmental, natural resources, energy, and emerging technological and environmental issues.

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    Marianne Hudson, M.A.

    Criminal Justice Lecturer

    Teaching interests: Corrections, law, organized crime, juvenile justice

    Teaching interests: Corrections, law, organized crime, juvenile justice

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    Cody Jorgensen, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Biosocial and developmental/life-course criminology, policing and forensics, perceptions and attitudes in crime and criminal justice, and quantitative methods.

    Research interests: Biosocial and developmental/life-course criminology, policing and forensics, perceptions and attitudes in crime and criminal justice, and quantitative methods.

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    Jaclyn J. Kettler, Ph.D.

    Political Science Assistant Professor

    Research interests: American politics with an emphasis on state politics, political parties & interest groups, campaign finance, and women in politics.

    Research interests: American politics with an emphasis on state politics, political parties & interest groups, campaign finance, and women in politics.

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    Cheongsin Kim, Ph.D.

    Idaho Policy Institute Assistant Research Professor

    Research interests: Local government management and public financial management.

    Research interests: Local government management and public financial management.

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    Laura King, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Associate Professor School of Public Service Research Director

    Research interests: Sexual violence, intimate partner violence, victim services, and gender and crime.

    Research interests: Sexual violence, intimate partner violence, victim services, and gender and crime.

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    Jacqueline Lee, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Courts and sentencing, criminal justice policy, integration of social science research with legal research, inequalities in the justice system, and the female experience of violence, offending, and punishment.

    Research interests: Courts and sentencing, criminal justice policy, integration of social science research with legal research, inequalities in the justice system, and the female experience of violence, offending, and punishment.

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    Stephanie Lenhart, Ph.D.

    Global Studies, Urban Studies and Community Development Assistant Research Professor Energy Policy Institute, Senior Research Associate

    Research interests: Energy and public lands policy, political economy, interorganizational relations, organizational collaboration and adaptation.

    Research interests: Energy and public lands policy, political economy, interorganizational relations, organizational collaboration and adaptation.

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    Eric Lindquist, Ph.D.

    School of Public Service Associate Professor

    Research interests: Public policy and decision processes, agenda setting, earth systems governance, and the impact of focusing events on public policy, as well as environmental policy and science and technology policy

    Research interests: Public policy and decision processes, agenda setting, earth systems governance, and the impact of focusing events on public policy, as well as environmental policy and science and technology policy

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    Jeffrey Lyons, Ph.D.

    Political Science Assistant Professor School of Public Service, Survey Research Director

    Research interests: American politics, specifically public opinion, political behavior, political psychology, and state politics.

    Research interests: American politics, specifically public opinion, political behavior, political psychology, and state politics.

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    Lisa Meierotto, Ph.D.

    Global Studies Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Race and ethnicity, human rights, environmental justice, border studies, applied anthropology.

    Research interests: Race and ethnicity, human rights, environmental justice, border studies, applied anthropology.

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    Jillian Moroney, Ph.D.

    Urban Studies Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Public Service

    Research Interests: Development at the rural-urban interface, bioregional planning, public land preservation, stakeholder engagement, and community protection and use of natural resources.

    Research Interests: Development at the rural-urban interface, bioregional planning, public land preservation, stakeholder engagement, and community protection and use of natural resources.

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    Ashley Orme, M.A.

    Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Associate Director and Lecturer

    Research interests: Conflict Management, Collaboration, Team Dynamics, Process Improvement and Organizational Culture.

    Research interests: Conflict Management, Collaboration, Team Dynamics, Process Improvement and Organizational Culture.

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    Brian Pappas, Ph.D.

    Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management Assistant Professor and Director

    Research interests: Conflict Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution, the interaction between formal and informal dispute mechanisms.

    Research interests: Conflict Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution, the interaction between formal and informal dispute mechanisms.

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    Sanghee Park, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Dynamics that determines different types of policy outcomes, changes, and performances, which is often at the intersection of public administration and political science.

    Research interests: Dynamics that determines different types of policy outcomes, changes, and performances, which is often at the intersection of public administration and political science.

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    Mari Rice, M.S.

    Environmental Studies Lecturer

    Research interests: water resources, campus sustainability, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, service-learning.

    Research interests: water resources, campus sustainability, sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, service-learning.

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    Marc Ruffinengo, M.A.

    Criminal Justice Lecturer

    Research interests: Police personnel issues and criminological theory.

    Research interests: Police personnel issues and criminological theory.

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    Jen Schneider, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration Professor Director, PPA Ph.D. Program School of Public Service Faculty Director

    Research interests: Public communication of scientific and environmental controversies, with a particular focus on industry rhetoric and discourses of technical expertise.

    Research interests: Public communication of scientific and environmental controversies, with a particular focus on industry rhetoric and discourses of technical expertise.

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    Alex Severson, Ph.D.

    Political Science Visiting Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Effects of partisanship and ideological impurity on candidate evaluations, how moral psychology and social status structure policy attitudes, experimental methodology and causal inference.

    Research interests: Effects of partisanship and ideological impurity on candidate evaluations, how moral psychology and social status structure policy attitudes, experimental methodology and causal inference.

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    Danielle Swerin, M.A.

    Criminal Justice Lecturer

    Research interests: Victimology and victim services.

    Research interests: Victimology and victim services.

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    Stephen Utych, Ph.D.

    Political Science Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Language in politics, the development of political attitudes, and how citizens seek out and process political information.

    Research interests: Language in politics, the development of political attitudes, and how citizens seek out and process political information.

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    Julie VanDusky-Allen, Ph.D.

    Political Science Assistant Professor

    Research interests: How political parties adapt to institutional limits on their power; how US troop deployments influence foreign policy decision making in other countries.

    Research interests: How political parties adapt to institutional limits on their power; how US troop deployments influence foreign policy decision making in other countries.

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    Emily Wakild, Ph.D.

    Environmental Studies, Program Director Professor of History

    Research interests: Nature Conservation, Resource Use, Science and Society, Latin American and Latina/o history.

    Research interests: Nature Conservation, Resource Use, Science and Society, Latin American and Latina/o history.

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    Anthony Walsh, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Professor

    Research interests: Criminology, with emphasis on biosocial theories.

    Research interests: Criminology, with emphasis on biosocial theories.

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    Brian Wampler, Ph.D.

    Political Science Professor Coordinator, Global Studies

    Research interests: Participatory Democracy, Brazil and Latin America.

    Research interests: Participatory Democracy, Brazil and Latin America.

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    Jessica Wells, Ph.D.

    Criminal Justice Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Biosocial underpinnings of antisocial behavior and associated psychological traits including self-control, aggression, and psychopathy; the role of stress in development; substance use and abuse.

    Research interests: Biosocial underpinnings of antisocial behavior and associated psychological traits including self-control, aggression, and psychopathy; the role of stress in development; substance use and abuse.

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    Stephanie Witt, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration Professor School of Public Service Director of Training

    Dr. Stephanie Witt is Director of the Applied Research Center at Boise State University. She is also a Professor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Political Science programs. She serves as Editor of the Social Science Journal.

    Dr. Stephanie Witt is Director of the Applied Research Center at Boise State University. She is also a Professor in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Political Science programs. She serves as Editor of the Social Science Journal.

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    Micah Wright, M.A.

    Global Studies Lecturer

    Research Interests: U.S. military interventions and occupations in the Caribbean and Latin America, Pan-Americanism and Latinoamericanismo, Puerto Rican military service and militarization in Puerto Rico, 1898-1930s, Inter-American relations.

    Research Interests: U.S. military interventions and occupations in the Caribbean and Latin America, Pan-Americanism and Latinoamericanismo, Puerto Rican military service and militarization in Puerto Rico, 1898-1930s, Inter-American relations.

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    Scott Yenor, Ph.D.

    Political Science Professor

    Research interests: Political philosophy

    Research interests: Political philosophy

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    John Ysursa, Ph.D

    Global Studies

    Research interests: Boise, intersection between global and local interests, Basque culture including issues of identity, immigration, rituals, history, music, song and dance.

    Research interests: Boise, intersection between global and local interests, Basque culture including issues of identity, immigration, rituals, history, music, song and dance.

Faculty Emeriti

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    Les Alm, Ph.D.

    Public Policy and Administration University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus

    Research interests: Environmental policy with attention to the science-policy linkage, the United States-Canada relationship, and borderlands issues.

    Research interests: Environmental policy with attention to the science-policy linkage, the United States-Canada relationship, and borderlands issues.

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    Richard Kinney, Ph.D.

    Political Science Professor, Emeritus

    Research interests: American government and politics.

    Research interests: American government and politics.

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    Susan Mason, Ph.D.

    School of Public Service Professor, Emerita

    Research interests: Regional governance and economics, community development, and sustainability.

    Research interests: Regional governance and economics, community development, and sustainability.

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    Gary Moncrief, Ph.D.

    Political Science University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus

    Dr. Gary Moncrief is a University Foundation Research Scholar and University Distinguished Professor of Political Science.

    Dr. Gary Moncrief is a University Foundation Research Scholar and University Distinguished Professor of Political Science.

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    Todd Shallat, Ph.D.

    School of Public Service Professor, Emeritus

    Research interests: Cities, Boise.

    Research interests: Cities, Boise.

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