Primary Faculty

Brian Blankenship

Asst. Professor


Brian Blankenship is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. He joined the department in the fall of 2019. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of international relations, international security, and international cooperation, with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and the politics of...

Jennifer Marie Connolly

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-2401
Jennifer M. Connolly is a public management scholar with a focus on local governance. Her research is motivated by a desire to understand how local governments can best serve the interests of their residents through their management structure, their policies, and the services they provide. Dr. Connolly’s research centers on three broad...

Cali A Curley

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies


(305) 284-6867
Cali Curley joins the University of Miami as an Assistant Professor from the O'Neill School at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Cali earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Florida State University in 2014. Her primary research emphasis is on local government policy design and adoption, specifically...

Louise K. Davidson-Schmich



(305) 284-2143
Louise K. Davidson-Schmich is Professor of Political Science. Davidson-Schmich came to UM in 2000 after receiving her PhD and MA in political science from Duke University and completing her undergraduate degree in international relations at Brown University. In 2016 she was a New Zealand Fulbright US Scholar at the Victoria University of...

June Teufel Dreyer



(305) 284-2403
JUNE TEUFEL DREYER is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, where she teaches courses on China, U.S. defense policy, and international relations. Professor Dreyer has lectured to, and taught a course for, National Security Agency analysts, consults for organizations including the National Geographic...

Laura Gómez-Mera

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-3116
Laura Gomez-Mera is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of International Political Economy (IPE) and Political Economy of Development, with a regional focus on Latin America. She holds a doctorate (DPhil) in  International Relations...

George A Gonzalez



(305) 284-1738
George A. Gonzalez (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1997) is Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami. He has been at the University of Miami since 1999. Prof. Gonzalez's area of research specialization is U.S. environmental politics and policy (e.g., energy, pollution, global warming). His books include: Energy...

Calla Hummel

Associate Professor


Calla Hummel is an assistant professor in the University of Miami’s Department of Political Science and received xyr PhD from the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Xy studies when and why informal workers organize to lobby the state. More generally, xy investigates the conditions under which marginalized...

Casey A Klofstad

Chair, Political Science


(305) 284-8861
Casey A. Klofstad holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University. His teaching and research addresses how society and biology influence human behavior. Through a ten-year panel study of college undergraduates who were randomly assigned to their dormitories, he has shown that everyday casual conversations about politics can cause...

Gregory Koger

Director, Hanley Democracy Center


Gregory Koger is a professor of political science at the University of Miami. Koger specializes in legislative politics and political parties. After earning his B.A. at Willamette University, Koger worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House for over two years, where he served as a liaison to the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee....

Matthew David Nelsen

Asst. Professor


Matt Nelsen is an assistant professor within the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. His research examines how local-level institutions, especially schools and neighborhoods, act as microcosms of democracy. He finds that these institutions can simultaneously serve as sites that exacerbate existing racial...

Raymond Orr



I am the Elizabeth B. White Endowed Chair and Professor of Political Science. Before joining UM, I was the Mae and John Hueston Distinguished Professor in Native American and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor at Dartmouth College. My prior appointments include serving as the Department Chair of Native American Studies at...

Costantino Pischedda

Associate Professor


I hold a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and an MA in Strategic Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 2015-16 I was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (Princeton University) My research interests cover...

Michael Touchton

Assoc. Professor
Global Health Associate Faculty Lead - UMIA


Dr. Touchton studies the political economy of development and underdevelopment in a comparative setting. His areas of interest include how countries attract investment and promote economic growth, how they reduce poverty and promote human development, and how they redevelop following the departure of major industries. Much of his research occurs...

Joseph E Uscinski



(305) 284-3717
Joseph E. Uscinski received his bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University, his Master’s from University of New Hampshire, and his Doctorate from University of Arizona. His research has appeared in Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Critical Review among...


Fernand Amandi



(305) 284-2401
Fernand R. Amandi is the managing partner of Bendixen &Amandi, the nation’s leading multilingual and multiethnic public opinion research and strategic communications consulting firm. Over the last 25 years, Bendixen & Amandi (B&A) has conducted large-scale projects for numerous corporations, multinational institutions,...

Marcia A Beck



(305) 284-1663
Dr. Marcia A. Beck (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) specializes in organizational dynamics and management in the MPA Program and in Russian politics and administration in UM’s undergraduate program.  She developed the MPA Program’s online core course, Organizational Dynamics and Management, and has taught the online...

Jorge M. Gonzalez



(305) 284-2401

Katrin Fraser Katz

Professor Prof. Practice


Dr. Katrin Fraser Katz is a Scholar-in-Residence in the Master of Arts in International Administration (MAIA) program at the University of Miami. She is also an Adjunct Fellow (Non-resident) in the Office of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and the Van Fleet Nonresident Senior Fellow...

Bradford R McGuinn

Senior Lecturer
Director of MAIA Program


(305) 284-4015
Dr. McGuinn is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Political Science and Director of the MAIA program. He holds a PhD in International Studies, with concentration in Middle Eastern studies, from the University of Miami. His fields of research and teaching include international security, Middle Eastern studies, civil-military relations and...

Arthur Marshall Simon

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-4013
Arthur M. Simon holds business and law degrees from the University of Miami, a master’s degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Ph.D. in public administration from Florida State University.  His resume includes professional experience as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, an appellate attorney in Miami, a...

Sylvia A Thompson



(305) 284-3497
Dr. Thompson has been a Lecturer in the University of Miami Political Science Department for over 25 years.  She specializes in multiple areas of American Government -- and brings practical experience with government, politics, media and interest groups into the classroom. She was Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union...

Ellen S. Venzer

Lecturer: Judge in Residence


(305) 284-3111