Tenure-Track Faculty

Tenure-Track Faculty

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...

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

Asst. Professor


(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...

Xue Gao

Asst. Professor


Xue Gao is an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Miami. Her research aims to understand the interplay between policy, politics, technology, marketplace, and society in the energy transition process at both local and global levels. She also devotes herself to using advanced machine learning techniques...

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

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...

Nicole Humphrey

Asst. Professor


Nicole Humphrey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. Her work utilizes organizational behavior concepts grounded in public management scholarship to gain insight on how emotions influence the work of public sector employees, particularly those working in local government. In addition, she...

Namhoon Ki

Asst. Professor


(850) 556-7732
Namhoon Ki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Miami. His research is located at the intersection between public management, local government, and collaborative governance, including networks. His research applies the theories of public management and organizational behavior to the local...

Casey A Klofstad



(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....

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

Associate Professor


(202) 468-5567
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


(720) 289-7118
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...

Jonathan P. West

Director, MPA Program
Secondary Appointments In Management (SBA)


(305) 284-2500
Jonathan P. West earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University and his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Utah. He is a professor of Political Science and the Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) programs at the University of Miami. For 40 years he...