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 is the author of Russia’s Liberal Project: State-Society Relations in the Transition from Communism (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000) and co-author with James S. Bowman and Jonathan P. West of Achieving Competencies in Public Service: The Professional...

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...

Merike Blofield

2017 Gender & Social Development Faculty Lead-UMIA


(305) 284-6116
Merike Blofield is professor of political science (Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill, 2003). A native of Finland, she has lived in Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and the United States. Blofield has published two-single-authored books (Care Work and Class: Domestic Workers’ Struggle for Equal Rights in Latin America, Pennsylvania State...

Jennifer Marie Connolly

Asst. 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...

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...

Xue Gao

Asst. Professor


Xue Gao is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami. Her research examines the relationship between public policies, technology innovation and diffusion, and economic competitiveness. Her research interests mainly focus on energy and environment-related innovations. To address the challenges of...

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...

Jorge M. Gonzalez



(305) 284-2401

Calla Hummel

Asst. Professor


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

Casey A Klofstad

Assoc. Professor


(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

Chair, Political Science


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....

Bradford R McGuinn

Senior Lecturer
Director of MAIA Program


(305) 284-8353
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...

Michael E. Milakovich

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-1859
Michael E. Milakovich (Ph.D. Indiana; B.A. UC-Santa Barbara) specializes in digital governance, public productivity improvement, online learning, and American Government and Politics. He has authored or co-authored 16 books or monographs and published numerous articles, chapters, and reviews in referred journals such as...

Costantino Pischedda

POL Asst. Professor_International Relations


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...

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...

Rayna Stoycheva



(305) 284-4416
Rayna L. Stoycheva received her PhD in Public Policy from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Her dissertation examined the political and financial management factors influencing state and local pension funding and sustainability. Dr. Stoycheva’s research interests are in the areas of public budgeting...

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...

Michael Touchton

Asst. 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...

Paul Trivelli



(305) 284-8362
Ambassador Trivelli is the Ambassador-in-Residence and Visiting Professor for the MAIA Program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Williams College and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He has also a Master of Arts...

Joseph E Uscinski

Assoc. Professor


(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 other...

Jonathan P. West

Director, MPA Program
Secondary Appointments In Management (SBA)


(305) 284-2500
Jonathan P. West is chair and professor of political science and director of the MPA program at the University of Miami.  His research interests include human resource management, productivity, local government, and public service ethics. Professor West has published nine books and over 100 articles and book chapters. ...